2012 is four days old and I have been busy cleaning out last year and getting ready for the next 361 days. My professional activities don’t start up again until next week, so I am using this week to get caught up with random chores that I don’t have time to do doing the year or more accurately put, don’t want to make time for during the year.
Yesterday, I finished putting away the Christmas decorations which also entails dusting the now boring looking house. Since I store half of my decorations in my bedroom closet (the ones most delicate to the environmental changes in my attic) I decided to deep clean my closet. Besides creating a clean space to store my decorations, I was also inspired by the fact that my husband is coming off a bad head cold and I wanted to make sure all left over germs were completely destroyed. My cleaning fetish included dusting out my closet shelving before replacing the storage boxes, vacuuming the deep dark corners of the closet as well as behind and underneath the clothes hamper, organizing the shoes, and getting rid of anything not worn or used in the past year.
After the closet was spic and span, I next focused on the bedroom itself. I stripped the sheets off the bed, flipped the mattress, and vacuumed behind my head board. Have you looked behind your head board lately? It can get pretty nasty back there what with all the layers of dust. This is obviously an area I choose to overlook when I am doing my regular weekly cleaning. I was sneezing a lot but I persevered. Then I thought, “Why stop with behind the head board? I’ve got all the necessary equipment up here. Might as well hit other areas that I don’t pay much attention to.” So, I went on to vacuum underneath all of my dressers, the cedar chest, and then I proceeded to dust the tracks in my window sills. I remade my bed paying particular attention to hospital corners and straight lines. When I was through, I had a really impressive, deep down cleaned bedroom.
Next, I moved to my hallway and the linen cupboards. I went through and organized everything and threw a ton of junk away. I pulled out a lot of blankets that haven’t been used in years and gave them to a friend who is making a trip to Ensenada, Mexico to donate items to the needy down there. Not only was I cleaning out, but I was being charitable too.
After the hall cupboards were in order, I moved on to the guest room and repeated what I had done in my bedroom in there, to the last detail. Even though we don’t expect any guests for a month or so, at least I know the room has had the once over and I will only need to do a quick spruce up when our visitors come.
All of this cleaning frenzy took eight hours of tedious attention but I was sure proud of all that I accomplished when I was done. Everything just looks and feels so sparkly. Knowing that my house is in order, now I can concentrate on other things, like this blog.
Have you gotten the deep cleaning bug too?