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From the Second Story: Spring cleaning - not the job I want

4:39 PM, Apr. 15, 2013  |  Comments
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It's just about time for spring cleaning.

That means there's enough dust in my home leftover from winter to choke me in my sleep.

Maybe it means I need a new vacuum cleaner, or at the very least I should empty the bag of its dirty contents. I probably should break out the dust rag, smear it with Pledge and sweep the apartment free of the layers of dust that have accumulated like a gray, cozy blanket covering my home.

The dust is collecting as cobwebs -that's how bad it's getting.

Spring cleaning isn't the joyful experience for me that it is for some people. I'm no Merry Maid with a feather duster. I have to drag the vacuum cleaner from the closet, tripping over the long cord to get the job done. Cripes, isn't there a better way to rid my home of the winter blues without a cleaning frenzy and inhaling enough cleaning chemicals to trigger an allergy attack and a headache that'll last all week?

Of course there is. It's called hiring someone, especially when the income tax return arrives with triple-digit dollars. Don't be thinking that I need to buy cleaning products. I'm not wasting the government refund money, which is my own cash, to buy a new vacuum cleaner or a can of Lysol when the old can of disinfectant will do the job. I'll spray the fumes liberally and walk away or let the hired hand choke on the clean smell.

I know I'm not a great housekeeper. I'd rather hunt for a treasure, a trinket of worth or something valuable at the local thrift shops to decorate a clean home. You know the old saying: You'll find something when you don't have any money, but you won't find anything when you do have the money. When this happens, I feel like I'm cursed to return home to finish the spring cleaning.

It looks like I'll be stuck washing the curtains, dusting the blinds, cleaning the carpets and spraying air freshener until the place smells clean.

Seriously though, I wonder how many SOS pads I'll have to buy to clean the dishes; they've been sitting for a while. I won't find any time to clean the book shelves or sweep the dust bunnies. The housekeeper will have to find time to do that. I just hope she gets it all done.

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