There is one thing I never do in the summer. Or so it seems and with Covid there is even less reason. So when the construction dust settles it seems to settle deeply as I rarely clean the house in the summer. I’ve stated many times that I wish, for the summer, we had a house keeper. This year is particularly bad as without house guests or supper parties I can’t even find a reason to wipe up that dust.
The grandchildren don’t seem to care. My kids don’t care. I do a quick kitchen bathroom clean before they show up and call it a day. The dog certainly doesn’t care. My other half doesn’t make comments because he’s outside creating said dust! So it gets thicker.
I love that we don’t have A/C and that ventilation in our house, after a hot day, is full open windows and breezes blowing through. More dust settles.
I’ve noted this year during the lock down I kept the house tidy but not obsessively clean. It seems my standards are indeed tied to what others think. Although recently I had to reverse that thought.
It got so bad I had to dust. Perhaps it helped that it was a rain day so the garden and roofing were on hold. I would love to have taken myself upstairs to the attic to do some creative project but the dust was staring me in the face. So I stared it down. Then I gave in and cleaned the bathrooms. Then I washed the kitchen cupboards and then I …. I was longing for sunshine and outside time by then and it happened. The weather turned around and I walked outside without a backwards glance at the dust settling again.
I wish that I had learnt earlier in life to let it go. I spent a lot of time when my children were little cleaning. Like every night after they went to bed I would straighten each room and clean as I went along. My kitchen must be clean and orderly at all times and I must say that hasn’t really changed.
Have your habits changed over the years? Have my standards slipped or is it just “The Covid” that is pushing me to let go with the dusting? Perhaps it’s a rebalancing of my priorities? The verdict, for me, is still out.