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March 13th, 2006

Spring Cleaning

I remember my mom would always take one day mid-spring and do an honest-to-God top-to-bottom Spring Cleaning. It was so thorough, it required capitalization. We’d have to make sure everything was off the bookshelves, our bed was moved, and that she had easy access to the windows. And afterwards, everything smelled like cleaning solution.

Our “spring cleaning” is nowhere near that magnitude. That’s why it gets quotations and lowercase letters. We’ll do a room or two at a time at about 80% thoroughness (compared to my mom) and spread it out over a month or two. This past weekend was the first weekend of our “spring cleaning” and it went relatively well.

What’s it like around your abode? Or your adobe? Pueblo?

Posted in Everyday Life

FROM: Cat [E-Mail]
DATE: Monday March 13, 2006 -- 11:12:35 am
Well, since the walls aren't covered with soot from a winter of burning coal to keep warm, there isn't a good reason for spring cleaning. Don't need to whitewash those walls, or air those tapestries, or beat those hand-woven rugs.

I vaguely remember a thorough spring cleaning when I was a kid, but it was more inspired by those first days when it's nice enough to open the windows and air out the house. We did "combobulate" things, top to bottom this weekend. The winter left us a little cluttered and misplaced. It is a nice, renewing feeling.



FROM: Ken
DATE: Monday March 13, 2006 -- 3:43:02 pm
We will start cleaning quite soon. My brother is going away to college so rooms will be changed accordingly. I will get my own bathroom! Holes must be plastered and walls must be painted. I like cleaning though, it makes me feel like a job well done.



FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday March 14, 2006 -- 10:38:18 am
My mom wrote to correct me on something:

"I read your Daily Ping about spring cleaning. You make me sound like Superwoman! No way was I able to thoroughly clean our entire house in ONE day! I did one or two rooms (depending which ones they were) in a day. Thanks anyway:)"

I apologize for the mistake and admit being surprised to find out my mom reads the Ping.



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