Is it still Spring Cleaning if the house is dirtier when you finish?
Monday, April 12, 2010

My friend Tina recently blogged about her Springtime Cleaning ritual.  Tina wrote,

"I remember my mom opening the doors & all of the windows, exclaiming this house has been closed up all winter & needs fresh air”.
I’m afraid the dust in West Texas keeps me from following her Spring routine."

My friend Cheri then commented,  

"I’ve never been one to spring clean – maybe because I grew up around here…with the dust."

I then flippantly and oh-so-self-assuredly commented,

"I have to open the windows in spite of the dust. Breezes blowing through the house is the only thing CERTAIN to put me in a Springtime state of mind!"

But then.  Then.  Then I actually did it.  Throw open all the windows and doors that is.  I was a cleaning machine - invigorated by those nice cool breezes blowing through the house.

Then I looked on my windowsills.

This is just a few hours worth of dust accumulation.  Gulp.

I think it's time I adopt that West Texas mindset of keeping the windows and doors shut up tight against the dust.  Oh the dust.  A chronic battle which I am always losing. 

I should adopt that mindset...but probably won't.  Cool breezes are too hard to resist!   Plus, I can hear my mom's voice echoing the same refrain as Tina's.....this house has been closed up all winter & needs fresh air!!!  

I guess I'll just have to clean again after I clean.   


Anonymous Anonymous had this to say:

Theoretically, windows can be opened every season EXCEPT spring here, right? Nights in the summer (always cools off when sun goes down), fall evenings, mild winter mornings (usually plenty of those). Should've mentioned this sooner?? Like 3 years ago?


April 12, 2010 at 8:58 PM 

Blogger Catrina had this to say:

OH,MY! A few hours of dust? That's crazy. I'd be tempted to wear mask even. Ha!

April 12, 2010 at 11:05 PM 

Blogger Tina had this to say:

the standout in your post to me is: the breeze lighting a fire under you to clean. anything that does that, is worth cleaning window sills; isn't it?

for me it's blasting songs like "say hey" from the valentines day soundtrack! plus Lilah's moves are so much fun to watch.

April 13, 2010 at 2:52 AM 

Blogger Lorena had this to say:

Don't loose heart Starr, the cool breeze flowing through the house is so worth the dust accumilation=} Growing up in the mountains with fresh air I always have a hard time resisting opening my windows as soon as I can when the sun comes out in the spring and the breeze is so refreshing, even if we do have a black entertainment center and black book shelf...I'm in the same boat as you=} lol (i have to clean after I clean).

April 18, 2010 at 11:36 AM 

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