I’m such a procrastinator that I never get to spring cleaning … until fall. Maybe it’s the thought of snuggling in for a long, cold winter that makes me notice all the dust and clutter I’ve let build up during the busy times.
Before you consider calling the health department, I will let you know that I clean the main parts of my house weekly, especially the floors, kitchen and bathrooms. I keep up with the laundry and make the kids move their scattered stuff back to their rooms.
What gets neglected in my normal cleaning routine are the hard to reach areas. Like the grimy dust on top of the kitchen cabinets. The spiderwebs on the top edge of curtains. The film of dust sitting on window blinds and the tiny top edge of the baseboards. The dust bunnies hiding in the corners under the bed. The unorganized clutter in cupboards and closets from the times I just tossed something inside.
The same can be said for other areas of my life. Relationships where I haven’t taken the time to reconnect. People I’ve been meaning to call. Coffee dates I’ve been thinking of scheduling. Games of hide and seek or “Sorry” I’ve been too busy to play. Old habits of communication that have let dust build on topics saved for another day that never came. Ideas filed away for when I have more time.
So, while I’m banishing dust bunnies in my house, I’m also digging into the neglected corners of my life. And, like cleaning baseboards, the reality of the task isn’t nearly as daunting as I somehow made it out to be.
What about you? Has dust built up in areas of your life? Why? What cleaning tools do you use?