Before Passover, the house needs to be cleaned so that all chametz (leavened products) are removed. Don't forget the bag of baby crackers in your diaper bag. What about the Purim treats your 3rd grader has stashed away in her desk? Gotta lift the sofa to get all that popcorn vacuumed up. While you are at it, you might as well throw some Spring cleaning in there - get out the summer clothes and put away the winter blankets and coats.Do you think there was Spring Cleaning in the shtetl?
Here in the desert, with a winter that lasts about 6 weeks if we are lucky, the need for quick access to lighter clothes comes suddenly. Last week Amster froze at Mr. 6's soccer practise; today it will be in the 80's. Suddenly those dark sweaters and corduroy pants are much less appealing. It's time to remove the chametz of winter from the closet.
This bag contains the contents of four cubby holes filled with clothes.
The garden requires spring cleaning, too. This year I hired help; weed removal is hard for my still-gimpy-self.
Round-Up will work on killing these weeds, and I can carry the container and spray to my heart's content. Getting the dead stalks out of the ground will require the assistance of my gardener. Spring Cleaning was less expensive when my body did what I asked of it.
I've been using the golf cart garage (yes, they build then that way here in Tucson; the entrance is off a pathway, not the driveway) as my potting shed and, until I lost my mobility it was a usable space. Humans could actually walk on the floor. Now, I am embarrassed to show you this photo
I think I may wait until my offspring return.
Don't you think this is a bit much for a recovering ambulator?
It's sad, though, since my favorite pruning shears are somewhere in that mess.
Without an attic or a basement, the garage becomes the staging area for items which are on their way to the repair shop, or Amster's house, or Goodwill.
Will public humiliation create a cleaner living space here in the desert southwest? Time will tell.
For now, I'm heading over to BlogHer to read the expert's advice on Spring Cleaning. I may even enter the sweepstakes while I'm there. C'mon over and join the fun.