housecleaning - general, organization

Miscellaneous Musings About Cleaning

What I love to do as an organizer and housekeeper is going a bit beyond what I was tasked to do. Some pleasant, some not, but all done to make peoples’ lives easier.

On one occasion, my job was to clean a client’s kitchen and dining area. I soon realized that she was in her bathroom, dealing with the effects of chemotherapy. My shift was four hours, but I spent an extra half hour sweeping the living room floor without charge.

There have been many little cleaning events that I remember and hold on to dearly.

Finding a handwritten note from my client’s toddler daughter underneath a dusty bed and placing it on top of a clean dresser.

Scrubbing that stubborn, unidentifiable stain at the bottom of a refrigerator that no one will ever see.

Basking in the glow with a client when I discover a jewel-encrusted wristwatch that was lost for ten years.

Verbally rewarding the owner’s caged dog in the corner for its silence.

Realizing the source of a strange smell in the pantry is an old, used diaper, and quickly tossing it away.

Enjoying a story about how the client found a long-lost relative via social media.

Little things count. They make a big difference.

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