Does anyone else love Spring cleaning? My husband and I have started our Spring cleaning a bit early this year. By the time Spring comes it’s too hot here to do it. Hence doing it in Winter.
I was out of action for the better part of a year so a lot of our housework became very neglected. I’ve been looking at my windows for months and itching to clean them as they were filthy. We’re working our way around the house cleaning windows, blinds and curtains, ceiling fans, skirting boards, fly-screens, furniture and floors. It’s a huge job but oh, so satisfying.
I’m a Domestic Goddess!
I’m a bit of a control freak with cleaning. I have never paid anyone to do it, even though at times my health has meant that I can’t do it myself. No-one else could do it to my satisfaction! I enjoy really getting in there and scrubbing thoroughly. My husband doesn’t quite do it the way I like, but I bite my tongue most of the time because I need his help with the heavier work.
He’s a perfectionist in the garden though. At times I’ve suggested we pay for someone to do our lawns or do some of the other outside chores. He would rather do it himself though, for the same reason I like to do my own cleaning. We’re our own worst enemies! I guess we like the satisfaction that comes from doing a job properly, and seeing the results of our hard work.
The Love of a Clean House
Spring cleaning will take us the good part of a month to six weeks to do this year. Phil works very long hours and I’m back doing shift work, so we only get one day a week to do it. We’re about half way through. It’s so nice to see the sun streaming through sparkling clean windows! It’s a constant battle to keep on top of it because we have three cats and a dog which means lots of fur and dirty paw prints.
Women’s Work / Men’s Work
My family growing up was very traditional, with a tradesman dad and stay at home mum. There were jobs for the girls and jobs for the boys. I didn’t mind helping mum out with the housework because I learned a lot of useful skills from her.
My first marriage was quite traditional too. The difference was that I worked and also had to do the majority of the housework. My ex-husband did a minimum of housework. He did look after the swimming pool and yard though, so when we separated I had to figure out how to do those chores.
I remember being overwhelmed by having to look after the pool and yard. I eventually became proficient with those tasks and learned how to do many tasks that were traditionally men’s work. I bought a tool kit and tackled many jobs around the house. I didn’t want my sons to lack basic skills so I taught them how to sew, cook, clean, do laundry, iron and many other skills.
Second Time’s a Charm
When I met my second husband we realised pretty quickly that we enjoyed doing tasks together. We renovated my house and landscaped the yard together. Being with someone who you can rely on to be supportive like that is such a good foundation for marriage.
I’m curious to know how many of my readers love Spring cleaning, or whether you would rather outsource it? What jobs around the house do you pay someone to do?
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Shared on Life This Week Linkup on Denyse Whelan’s blog.