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Sabbath Day – Housekeeping

September 24, 2017

Sabbath Day – My Weekly Reflection on What Really Matters
Thursday, September 21, 2017

Is there an autumn equivalent to the expression spring cleaning? If there is, it is what I did today. Today I:

  • Took out the recycling and the trash
  • Did all the dishes
  • Cleaned the stove
  • Washed the refrigerator door
  • Put the kitchen rug over the balcony railing and beat it
  • Cleaned the vacuum cleaner filter and then vacuumed all the carpets
  • Swept the floors
  • Steam mopped the kitchen floor
  • Did the same to the bathroom floor
  • Scrubbed the toilet
  • And the shower
  • Bought and put on a new slow close toilet seat
  • Washed ALL the towels and put them away
  • Have all the laundry in the house washed and put away
  • Bought a new curtain and rod for our bedroom and put them up
  • Cleaned the reptile cages
  • Bought meal worms and crickets for the reptiles so they could make a mess again
  • Helped my son clean his room
  • Swept and washed our third floor balcony
  • Made a pot of coffee and sat with a cup on the balcony with a very satisfied feeling

There is really nothing exciting here, but having everything done at once. What satisfaction!

I grew up with the expression “a place for everything and everything in its place.” I liked having my bedroom both straightened up AND clean. I took great satisfaction not only in putting things away, but in knowing how to put things away. My family would joke about OCD, but OCD has nothing to do with good organization and combatting clutter. Good organization simplifies much of life so that we have breathing space to deal with the really complex stuff. 

When we moved into our new apartment a couple of years ago I drew up a plan for every well deigned shelf in our (unheard of) four large storage closets. (No other building in White Plains had anything near the storage or design). We have the media shelf, the electronics shelf, the camping gear shelf, the genealogy (family heirlooms) shelf, the gift-giving/party shelf, the tools shelf, the art supplies shelf, etc. And we strive to limit our possessions to what will fit on the respective shelves. When we moved, we unloaded a lot of what we did not need. In the past few weeks, we have brought order to those shelves again.

What is the autumn equivalent of spring cleaning? 

It helps that the congregation I serve holds an annual fall tag sale where some of what we discard can (hopefully) find a new home.

Much housekeeping got done on this day because August had a friend over. And much more work (in the job-related-work sense) got done that nigh because August went away on a sleepover. 

Happy Sabbath,


One Comment leave one →
  1. September 24, 2017 2:47 pm

    Fall cleaning is an age old ritual. Almanzo Wilder complained about both in “Farmer Boy” by Laura Ingalls Wilder

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