Joe Doe’s tenth task is deceptively simple. Cleaning house can be profound.
TASK #10: Clean Living
Cleaning anything involves making something else dirty, but anything can get dirty without something else getting clean. Lawrence J. Peter
I don’t necessarily agree that cleanliness is next to Godliness–I think a good orgasm is next Godliness, but cleanliness is close, and it is a sign of maturity, responsibility and self-discipline. We don’t control much in this world, but we can control the space we occupy, and we should do so with great care.
You are going to clean your home this week. YOU means ALL of you, whether you live in a studio apartment or a 30 room mansion. If you’re fortunate enough to employ a housekeeper, give her the week off.
And I don’t mean “once over lightly”. I mean you’re going to clean like a cleaning lady. Your going to attack every room in your abode with vigor–as though every speck of dirt, every invisible microbe is your personal enemy.
Get yourself some soap, water, rags, all-purpose liquid cleaning solution (I like it lemon-flavored), some glass cleaner, toilet bowl cleanser, etc.
Start with the floor. Broom it, swiffer it, mop it. Do the baseboards, the walls, the cabinets, the sinks, the mirrors, the windows.
Get a broom up in the corners where the spiders live. Wipe off the lightbulbs.
Clean out the fridge. Shake out the drapes, dust the picture frames, and get busy on that toilet.
And wash your sheets.
Be humble about it. Be thorough. And when you’re done, revel in it. Write about your triumph.
Photo by JD Hancock