an article from In a Hole
The Hobbit, more so than any other book I have ever read, gave me a true sense of the love a person has for their home. A place in the world to call your own. The roof over your head. The place where you are safe and warm. Your comfy chair and your nice warm bed. Wishing you were in your Kitchen fixing eggs. In a Hole is about home.
Clean Up Week
No your home is not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, but it’s been closed up all winter and needs a good round of spring cleaning.
Growing up in Chicago we would get a week off in spring. What is now called Spring Break was then called Clean Up Week. My father had explained that farmers needed their kids to help get ready for planting. Like daylight savings this was another structure within the system to help agricultural states like Illinois. For us kids it just meant a week without school.
Clean up week was not only rural. Both farmers and merchants alike pitched in to get things cleaned up. There was a real sense of community, of putting your house in order and the sense that winter was being swept away and spring was here. Clean Up Week has been reduced to Townships collecting yard waste. For most people Clean Up Week means that you can get rid of yard waste for free.
Well I think that Clean Up Week is a state of mind. Every few months we need to go through and eliminate the unwanted and clean and maintain the rest. Clean Up Week is a great way to put things back in order and say goodbye to winter. While I am not going to get into the specifics that you need to do this is more macro than micro article.
The idea here is to set aside a block of time to put your house in order. This is more than just yard work. Maybe you need to paint or replace carpet. Maybe those closets are busting at the seams and winter clothing need to be stored. How about carpet and upholstery cleaning? Maybe you need to have the AC unit serviced before it gets to warm.
Some of these things may take more than a week. This is why I think of clean up week as a state of mind. By creating a list of things you need to see get done and working these within a time frame that is reasonable you will have a task free summer.
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Spring cleaning also needs to be done. Washing and wiping and window cleaning, shampooing, steaming cleaning and dry cleaning, grouting, caulking and waxing sealing and don’t forget to oil and grease when needed.
There is a lot to be said for just airing everything out. Open the doors and windows ( do you need to replace screens add it to the list) and let the wind blow.
This is the time of the year when spring fever hits me the hardest. One day it’s snowing the next day it’s 48 degrees and the next its bitter cold. You can feel spring wanting to roll in and winter not wanting to die off. Whether you start inside the house or out in the yard beginning your Clean Up Week will help you feel like your pushing winter out.
Remember it’s not the tent you pitch or where you pitch it that makes your house a home. What makes it home is the time you send with the people you love and the joy and merry you make together.
May the Love of Christ be with you always….
…Live long and Prosper
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