Cleaning up on the winter blues
Look, I can’t believe I’m about to say this, but I’m looking forward to doing some housework this weekend.
After several busy weeks, there hasn’t been a lot of time to get beyond the absolute necessities — and the house is starting to feel it.
It’s always a bit like this at the end of winter for me. After months of keeping the house fairly closed up, everything starts feeling a little stale.
Weirdly, the sustained dry weather and patchy warmer temperatures haven’t helped either. With everyone still in the habit of putting the heater on in the mornings, it’s all a bit dry and dusty, largely thanks to a lack of vacuuming.
The thing is, there’s no quick fix for a stale house. I love a scented candle or, better yet, some fragrant fresh flowers, but nothing beats opening all the windows and letting the air draw through the house.
It’s about this time I get a little envious of people who have gone all the way with indoor/outdoor living by installing sliding doors and louvred windows where you can control the air flow as much as you like.
Sunshine also helps banish that old musty smell, especially at this time of year when the sun is sitting low enough in the sky to bypass the perfectly positioned eaves that protect the house in summer and fill the rooms with warmth. We might live in an old house but there are some things that they got right the first time.
But no matter how good the cross ventilation or passive solar design works this weekend, there’s no getting around the need for some old-fashioned housework, which is going to take in everything from copious loads of washing to scrubbing surfaces and vacuuming rugs and upholstery.
Best get on with it then.