Do any of y’all fall prey to the urge to “spring clean” your home? I do that, but it’s usually just “surface cleaning” to brighten up the place. For some reason that I cannot fathom, my urge to really clean comes over me in the autumn. I’m not talking about just dusting and sweeping — I’m saying it’s a Fall Overhaul! I dig into every corner of the house and clear it out.
Now, cleaning in the Spring seems natural and right to me on many different levels. Perhaps, just as with birds and small mammals, we humans work on “nest building” in the spring. It’s a time of new beginnings as the world turns green again and some instinct tells us to spruce up the place.
Or, maybe that desire to clean is a habit of our civilization? Our forebears were cooped up in small spaces through the winter with wood fires for warmth. After dark, gloomy winters the days lengthened and it was bright outside. They pulled back the curtains and noticed the dust and soot that had piled up on everything during the winter months!
More than likely our modern day urge for spring cleaning stems from the magazine headlines by the check out stand in the store that shout, “Ten Simple Ways To Spring Clean Your Home!” As if there was a “simple way.” Peer pressure and the power of suggestion work wonders, don’t they?
Yet, I can’t understand why my own personal inner clock is set to the fall. Am I the only person who does this? Maybe I am like a bear about to hibernate for the winter: I get the place all cozy so I can settle down for winter. Naahhh. Bears don’t care if there is a mess everywhere.
Perhaps I shouldn’t have watched that episode of “Hoarders” on the A&E channel.
Now, don’t get me wrong … if you dropped by my house unannounced, I would not hide in the closet and pretend I wasn’t home. I’d open the door and invite you inside, and you would consider me a pretty darned good housekeeper. You cannot smell that I have five cats and the place is close to company ready most of the time — in the rooms I’ll let you see!
But, I’m a big time pack rat! Each fall, I feel the need to clear out a closet or two … but the moment I turn my back they fill right back up again. I don’t know how that happens. This year, my need for a FULL Fall Overhaul borders on obsession (everybody say a little prayer for Mr. Tucker, bless his heart, because he has to put up with me).
I will NOT stop until I’m done!
I’m making very good headway. Y’all would be so amazed. Most of the house is “Zen-like,” and I’ve really only got two rooms to finish. One is a “sorting station.” It’s essentially cleaned and purged except for a long table for my sorting from other rooms and a huge pile of empty containers that once held “stuff.” Those containers are the ones I bought that were supposed to get me organized — but really only allowed me to keep more crap!
Here is where I should show y’all a “purdy pitcher” of my almost clutter free home. However, since the main work is being done in closets and cupboards, that doesn’t show off very well. So, I’ll just show you my favorite “nekkid mannequin.” In all the rearranging, she got moved into the bedroom. Mr. Tucker likes it … I’m sure I don’t know why.
If anybody was wondering if I dropped off of the face of the earth — I didn’t (thank you Jennymcb, for your sweet e-mail). I just got overwhelmed by the Fall Overhaul. If I log onto the internet, I’m done working for the day, so I have avoided the computer completely. I’ll have this finished soon, and then you will hear a loud, “Yahoo!” However, G-mail is actually the e-mail server I use.