Yesterday morning I woke up, padded to the kitchen, and put the kettle on for tea. As I stood there enjoying the precious silence of the morning (I wake before the kids, and before Husband on weekends) I noticed the dining area floor was pretty dirty with bits of food, etc. I really wanted to tidy up, but I didn’t want to lug my big ‘ol vaccuum cleaner out and wake everybody up. So instead I got out a broom and began sweeping (our floors are all hardwood). And I was struck with a sudden revelation – wow, this was a really peaceful way to clean!
It then occurred to me that one of the reasons I don’t vaccuum much is that the noise is so disruptive. The kids can’t hear their movies/games/computer nor can they hear each other talk. I can no longer hear them, nor my radio, or the oven timer or kettle whistle. In fact the kids groan when I bring out the vaccuum because it disturbs whatever they are doing.
The vaccuum is also cumbersome. It’s a decades-old Kirby that I inherited from my mother. Great machine, very powerful and effective. But it weighs a ton. Lugging it around is a pain, taking it in and out of the closet is a pain, as is dragging the attachments around, navigating corners, and winding up the cord afterwards.
But sweeping…I could hear the birds singing outside. I was listening to CBC on the radio and following an interesting segment that I would have completely missed had I been vaccuuming. There was relative silence, and it was golden. I happily continued with the kitchen and living room. And then took it to the next level: dusting.
I have a great dusting attachment on my vaccuum, but again it’s cumbersome and noisy. So instead I got an old, soft dishtowel, soaked it with water and wrung it out as much as I possibly could. I then dusted with it. Wow, what a great job it did! It was fast, and effective, and Quiet.
Gee, with housework like this I might just do it more often.