Spring Cleaning Fling~Part 2

7 Mar

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I’m kind of glad you felt the same way about the classes as I did. It makes me feel better about myself. My mother wasn’t in to the cleaning thing. Whenever we would be cleaning the house when company was expected she would get side tracked and begin building something, a new closet, or shelves, whatever. I ended up doing the cleaning. I often wonder if there are cleaning tips that mothers passed down to daughters. My brother in law’s wife was a professional cleaner for many years and I often wanted to ask her about tips but didn’t want to appear dumb. I did get her potato salad recipe though. The secret to it was the number of eggs used plus some sour cream. I had to iron for free at home as well as basically run the household during my teen years. Fortunately by then, permanent press had been discovered.  For that, I got lunch money for schook, fifty cents per day plus $2.50 for a total of five dollars per week. I saved that up plus some babysitting money to buy my first prom dress.  I also ironed for some of mom’s friends. One lady had a lot of baby clothes, 5 cents a piece is what I think I received.


Monday seems like a good day to put in a “cleaning” blog.😉  I can’t recall doing much cleaning as a child.  In fact, I had one dresser drawer with all my stuff in it.  We did not have much “stuff.”  As far as housecleaning, I think my Mom did most of it.  I spent a lot of time at my grandmother’s house.  In fact, I do remember “penny dusting” at her house.  She would go around and put a penny on each item that needed dusting and I would make a little spending money that way.  It wasn’t much, but seemed like a lot in those days.  We usually spent it on penny candy. You could get a lot of candy for a penny from my aunt’s Biggest Little Store in the World or from Mrs. Motts store on Main Street.

I did help her more with the yard work later on, raking, pulling weeds and even mowing.

We now have a lot of stuff to go through, including a closet full of pictures.  Husband and I are both collectors, so we have a hard time getting rid of things.  He is better than I am about it, but I know my kids will not have any use for it so I ought to just pitch everything. It seems like I can’t find time enough to do anything extra, except my usual everyday things.  Hopefully we will be able to get at it soon.  It drives me crazy thinking about it.


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One Response to “Spring Cleaning Fling~Part 2”

  1. victoriabenchley March 10, 2016 at 10:43 am #

    We did lots of daily chores, which increased with our age. Our house was quite small, so it must have been very clean since we devoted so much time to house cleaning! Several time a year, we had a big cleaning (windows, etc.). We sometimes had to use a toothbrush, like when scrubbing the grime from wrought iron furniture… then, the dreaded inspection. If you didn’t pass Mother’s inspection, you had to do it over!

    I hated washing and drying the dishes each night. I’m from a family of six, and my mother was a great cook, but dirtied every pan in the kitchen. She was also a brilliant woman. She offered to do the dishes for me, IF I read from a book of her choosing while she worked. By the time I got to high school, I’d read enough of the classics that I could do all my book reports from the memories of novels we’d shared. Often, Mother would continue cleaning after the dishes were finished. I had to keep reading while she scrubbed the floor, rearranged the pantry, etc. I don’t know how she had the patience to listen to me stumble over words from the likes of Melville, Dickens, and Thackeray. Yes, I’ve read all of Moby Dick, thanks to my mother!

    By the way, today when I do scrub my tile floor (about twice a year), it’s with a toothbrush!


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