April 1, 2013

Seniors share memories of spring cleaning



Asked if they missed those spring cleaning days when they lived in their homes, there was a resounding “no.”

“It’s wonderful here,” said Joan. “The staff does the cleaning. I’ve only used my stove to boil water once since I came here.”

“If we don’t want to cook or clean, we don’t have to. It’s all done for us, from a cup of coffee to meals and beyond. I don’t miss spring cleaning at all.”

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We asked Press-Republican Facebook readers what they do for spring cleaning. Here is a sampling of responses:

Jennifer Chasalow VanBenschoten: "Still too cold for us to get into our spring cleaning, but we open all the windows, move the furniture, clean the floors, the furniture, scrub down the windows ... We give our home a bath from the inside out!"

Tiffany Taylor: "I'm going to be starting mine very soon. I do the floors, the walls, the windows, I wash EVERYTHING that can be washed, and I organize and declutter. I do it room by room and then I do my car inside and out. It feels good to have everything all clean and fresh and organized! I do mine and my parents' house."

Carol Russell: "Walls, floors, cupboards, everything hung on the clothes line, many things."

Jaime Whittaker: "I pretty much do little things around the house every day all year round so that I don't need to do 'spring cleaning' ... I feel like if I just did these things in the spring my house would be nasty."

Tammy Whitty-Brown: "The first real warm spring day, I open all the windows and roll up the oriental rug in the living room, take it out and beat it, move the furniture and do a thorough cleaning of the house. Windows get washed inside and out and I go through and get rid of anything I haven't used in a year or so. If it is in good shape, it goes to the Salvation Army."

Tammy Cole: "I go through winter clothes, wash walls, pictures, windows. Anything that has to do with winter goes, for a new start of spring and summer. whoop whoop ... .

Have a great spring."


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