Does this dust make my butt look fat…

Dust is a fact of life, and trying to keep up with dust is a major activity at my house.

First, I have 2 cats in small space.  Second, I keep windows and the patio door open almost all the time when I am home. Third, I live on the street in a major city.  There is no way to keep a house dust free.

As we know, dust is made up of such stuff as: plant pollen, human and animal hairs, textile fibers, paper fibers, minerals from outdoor soil, human skin cells, burnt meteorite particles, and many other materials which may be found in the local environment.  And it floats around us constantly, until it manages to land on a hard surface, like the coffee table or the kitchen counter or your dinner plates.

I superficially dust with a Swiffer at least once a week.  I do a more thorough, take everything off the table and wipe it down monthly.  I tear the house apart and spend 2 days cleaning it quarterly.  I really thoroughly clean, turn furniture upside down and vacuum it twice a year.  I move out, take everything off the walls  and clean absolutely everything every couple of years.  At least I use to…

This last week end, I did a 3 day cleaning session and I had that feeling of “weight” being lifted off the house…indeed, the house lost weight after it was cleaned.

Been a long time since this room was dusted...

Been a long time since this room was dusted…

If you have aging family members or friends, you may have noticed that they are cleaning and dusting less and less. We go into many senior homes to assist with their moves and find that the dust is so thick and so caked on to objects that it’s almost dangerous to be in the house.  Indeed, I have once been sent to the hospital for a breathing treatment, and ended up with an inhaler as part of my work kit, because a house we were working on had not been dusted in decades.

As our vision worsens, our bodies rebel against movement and our brains start to let go of details, we become more oblivious to what is around us.  Piles of paper and mail accumulate everywhere, things don’t get put back in their proper places, less and less attention is paid to our living conditions.

Interestingly, many of our senior homes that have not been cleaned in quite sometime, also have air filters and purifiers running…they don’t seem to make the correlation between cleaning away the dust and why they are having trouble breathing.

If your goal is to dust and clean less then the antidote is…less stuff!  And hiring a good housekeeper…


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