-Winter inspires change for me because Christmas is coming. I begin cleaning like a cavewoman tossing out the bones of autumn. This tidy-up frenzy begins with Advent and ends with Christmas.
My family doesn’t notice when I’ve cleaned (nor do they notice when I've cut my hair, weeded flower beds, or been published.) I believe this is typical of most relatives who only say something when it impacts their lives. Here are easy tips to speed you to sanitation success:
(Tip #1: It’s important to get full credit for doing mind-fracturing boring tasks—leave evidence the family will trip over.)
(Tip #2: You must be consistent for the retraining to work!!! Always offer, sorry-sad cuisine during cleaning-times and children will eat with friends, and your significant other will learn to stop by the deli and bring food home.)
b) On a larger level, God made black holes to suck up the extra bits and bobs of the Universe.
c) You must respond to the ancient call of planetary sanitation. It’s in your chromosome (Pick X or Y, your choice. Make it work for you.)
(Tip #3: Don’t get a new Super Swiffer or some labor-saving device. ARE YOU CRAZY? Ask for stuff that's a big carrot to get through 4 weeks of scrubbing. Think Hawaii.)
It will remind you...that like death and taxes, eventualy, ALL of us have to answer the call to clean…sometimes change is good.
B.K. Froman is an award-winning writer, story-teller, radio/TV talent, and university educator.