A notation for Saturday in my day planner reminded me to begin spring cleaning. So, I hauled out my trusty old Hoover vacuum cleaner to check the filter bag. It was nearly full, so I need to purchase another package of “H” bags. Thankfully the company still manufactures bags for the machine. The bags are not available locally, so I ordered them on-line.
The cleaner is a flying saucer shaped device that floats on a cushion of air–you could call it a “hovering Hoover”. I bought the vacuum in 1978 or 1979 on the recommendation of a co-worker. I’ve owned other vacuum cleaners, but they’ve all worn out, burned out, or were defective in some way. Meantime, the hovering Hoover has been a stalwart, dependable tool. It’s paid for itself many times over.
I went ahead and took care of some regular, routine cleaning tasks as a way to “warm up” to the spring cleaning job. I used the vacuum to dust ceiling surfaces and corners, the HVAC vents, door and window trim, and light fixtures because they’ve accumulated more dust than usual due to ongoing wall repair work I’m doing.
After the preliminary vacuuming was finished, it was time to go through book shelves and drawers to search for books, papers, and whatnot that haven’t been read or used for several years. There were a few dozen items that have not and probably would not be used again. I stashed those in boxes and immediately loaded them into the car to donate to the thrift store.
The next job on the agenda is deep cleaning. I only need to do this in a few areas because the rooms that have been repaired and repainted have already been deep cleaned as part of the renovation process. That said, the remaining deep cleaning will require a couple of days because the basement and the garage are included in the overall job.
Although I don’t especially look forward to spring (and fall) cleaning, once I get started, the clean-up becomes a rewarding experience. The cleaning provides some structure and enables further organization in my life. The most fun part of the cleaning is rediscovering objects I’ve forgotten about. The old proverb, “You never know what you have until you clean your room” is so true.
Once spring cleaning is wrapped up, it will be great to step back and admire each room. It’s gratifying to declutter and deep clean the house. The place feels fresh and almost brand new again. After the house is tidy, I’ll be ready to mess it up again to keep the biannual cycle going.
The Blue Jay of Happiness quotes author, organizing consultant, and TV host, Marie Kondo. “The objective of cleaning is not just to clean, but to feel happiness living within that environment.”