We dream of having a clean house – but who dreams of actually doing the cleaning? We don’t have to dream about doing the work, because doing the work is always within our grasp; the dream, in this sense, is to attain a goal without the work.
– Marcus Buckingham, British writer, motivational speaker, business consultant (1966-present)
My all-time favorite Disney movie is the 1950 production of Cinderella because I have always felt a spiritual connection to the titular character. Like Cinderella, cleaning meant getting on your hands and knees to wash the floors with a rag, and not with a smart robot vacuum, let alone a Swiffer.
A Millennial Thing
I would say that a characteristic of millennials is that our childhoods are a mixture of old and new traditions. Many of us grew up doing things that our parents did, but we also got to experience never before seen technological advances. While many millennials may not clean with a rag anymore, I feel that its existence is something we can all relate to.
Growing up, I dreaded frequent cleaning days. A typical cleaning day began at 8:00 a.m., and was spent reaching for every little nook and cranny in the apartment, while we collected a pile of dust, hair, and other unidentifiable objects that camouflaged with the hardwood floors. Starting the job was always hard because who doesn’t like sleeping in on a Saturday?
Efficiency: Cleaning with Rags
If you think about it, vacuums and Swiffers are physically unable to clean the hard to reach corners because its rigid designs can only fit a certain size or larger. In a fast-paced society, it’s only practical to clean the floor with a rag because if you use a device, then you will have to go back again with a rag to clean the areas that the vacuums weren’t able to reach.
Today, I still get down on my hands and knees to keep my home clean. It has positively contributed to my obsession with +perfectionism+ over the years because who doesn’t like living in a clean home free of dirt? I know I do.
Besides the dirt, cleaning is cathartic because as I clean the floor, I also feel like I’m doing a spiritual cleansing. When I pour my energy into getting rid of the physical markers of uncleanliness, I release any negative energy that has built up within me.
I will admit that at times, I do feel annoyed towards the process. However, my aching back and sweat face is but a small price to pay. Looking at my sparkling windows provides such a great feeling of satisfaction that my pain is forgettable.
Beyond just the physical and spiritual reminders, cleaning has been a valuable tool to getting things done. You never want to do a shoddy job with a vacuum cleaner, but a thorough one with a rag. It’s better to get it right the first time, rather than go back to fix the mistakes that the lazy method has caused.
the girl who used to think of her mom as Lady Tremaine