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Cleaning Diva and New Years Resolutions

Move more! That’s one of my new year’s resolutions. Two simple words that gently prompts me to walk away from the computer and start moving around the house.

Aiming to have a dustless and orderly home like that of Chidet, the Cleaning Diva, I hurriedly go around the rooms to pick up strewn clothes and things and put them in their proper place – hamper, cabinet or garbage bin. I then lug the hamper to the washing machine, add laundry detergent and fabric conditioner, press 3 buttons and leave it till the machine play a few notes of classical music to signal that laundry is done.

While the machine is helping with the laundry, I make the rounds of the rooms to fix the beddings and sweep the floor using a locally produced environment friendly soft broom. Then I dust the furniture and apply Tuff Protectant to the wooden surfaces and leatherettes to restore their color and sheen that has been lost with wear and tear.

Aside from cleaning the house, the quick steps are meant to serve as my 30 –minute brisk walking. I initially thought that my “move more” resolve through cleaning is a simple no brainer routine. A few days produced quick and satisfying results topped with positive feedback from the husband who finds my presence at home reassuring.

The downside is I caught colds and cough due to exposure to dust. Or could it be because of the new routine? The Cleaning Diva should have posted a warning that says, “Don’t do this at home without the guidance of a professional”.

The picture of a clean home does not come without sacrifices. House cleaning is not a simple task after all. I’d rather speak before a crowd than perform the housework daily.

Ladies and gentlemen, to the people, the women who constantly toil to make our spaces clean, at home or in the workplace, whether paid or unpaid, thank you for making this unending, repetitive, multiple daily tasks a part of your mission.

P.S. I still have colds, cough and sore throat.

Comments

lemayz's picture

I love your writing.....it's

I love your writing.....it's very "poetic".....

Paulina Lawsin's picture

thanks. I like the sound of

thanks. I like the sound of words. It's musical to me. I write poems in our language.

Dear Paulina,

It's a delight to read "Cleaning Diva and New Year Resolutions" for so many reasons. I happen to have this disorder of cleaning and clearing mess and I often develop health problems of huffing and panting and short breaths! In fact, it got so bad, the paranoia of cleaning house that one time I suffered from anxiety pangs. This being the back drop of when I read your story, I simply loved it!!

I have now let go of this target to keep everything perfect around the house and I cringe lesser when I see mess around me but I know it's still there.

Hope you have recovered from your cold :)

Love and hugs
Urmila Chanam

It takes just one to change many

Paulina Lawsin's picture

Oh i also have the same

Oh i also have the same problem. I get cough and colds from the dust. Worse is, I don't know where to start. I get overwhelmed by the cleaning and sprucing that I don't know where to end. That's why I envy the cleaning diva. Whether we like it or not, we have to clean. So move more, sister!

Urmila Chanam's picture

Good new year resolution

Dear Paulina,

I am with you dear sister- LET'S MOVE MORE!

Love and hugs
Urmila Chanam

It takes just one to change many

I know you are moving well. Happy to be with you in this movement.

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