Dust is Just

Dust helps to protect things. Why remove it with house work?

Do you love house work? Are you thrilled to polish silver? Is scrubbing bathrooms the highlight of your day? Would you rather realign your kitchen shelves than eat chocolate? Would cooking a seven-course gourmet meal thrill you to death?

When I win the lottery I want a chef and a house keeper. In that order. But, until that happens I have discovered a way to beat the drudgeries of housekeeping.

Dust is just.

There is a reason why all of my furniture is covered in dust. I can justify most anything, but this just makes good common sense. No, it is not that I am lazy and hate to clean. Dust is a protective barrier. It is much harder to scratch furniture when it protected by a soft layer of dust. It acts as a preservative by sealing in all the natural oils and protecting the furniture from the harmful rays of sunlight.

Not dusting is also helpful to flora and fauna. In particular, spiders have to have a place to live. I wouldn’t want to spend my life living in a corner, but the corners of rooms make them happy. In those corners, there are usually cobwebs that haven't been side-swiped by a Swiffer or a feathery duster. The webs give softness to the hard corners of the room.

Besides, PETA gives you brownie points for allowing them to live. I think it helps if you name them. Agatha Tarantula and Mavis the Merry Widow are very content at my home. (I wonder if you can get an agricultural land tax deduction for spider farming.)

Back to why I don't like cleaning.

I have a lot of windows. I made the mistake of wanting to let in the light and see the outside. Dumb! (Two parts white vinegar and one part water makes an excellent cleaner, and you can wipe the glass with coffee filters for a lint free surface.) But, seriously, do you want to smell vinegar and scrub windows? What do you see when you finally get them clean and look outside? Grass that needs cutting. PUH-lease!

On to the refrigerator. Yes, it protects food from contamination. OK, we all know about penicillin and moldy bread. We must continue to do research. However, unless the green fuzzy thing on the back of the second shelf growls at you, the refrigerator is fine. Just name them all happy names:  Fuzzy-Wuzzy, Peach Blossom, Strawberry Hazy and good ol’ Milky-Wilky, who has been with us since I tried to learn to make bread. 

Cleaning silver is a thorn in my side. One of the worst wedding presents you can give someone. I tell people that I had mine dipped so it will have that lovely blue black color. Hey, if you shine that stuff you are removing some of the valuable silver and it just oxidizes all over again. Isn’t it better to keep the value by not cleaning? I mean, Antiques Roadshow tells you to leave things in their original condition and not to refinish them. 

Whoa! Whoa! Better get that lottery ticket. Milky-Wilky just tried to bite me.

Bonnie Young July 20, 2011 at 01:26 PM
Knew there was a reason for leaving all that dust, my second floor hasn't seen a duster in i don't know how long. Seems that is a good thing. Love the article keep them coming.
Yvonne Whitaker July 20, 2011 at 01:59 PM
I always say that housework is dangerous to your health--all the fumes and climbing up on chairs to get the cobwebs....who knows what could happen. Totally agree with your article!
Nita July 20, 2011 at 01:59 PM
Let's celebrate the dust bunnies! Marlene, you make me smile. Nita
Eleanor Christie-DeLoach July 20, 2011 at 02:03 PM
You made me put down that toilet brush and go shopping just for me and I agree with Shirley Alexander Smith you are a hoot! Keep me laughing
Nancy Clemmer Dollar July 20, 2011 at 02:56 PM
Love this!!!! It started my day with a good laugh.
Harriet Harrison July 20, 2011 at 03:22 PM
Could not agree more. Thanks for chuckle of the day.
charles nash July 20, 2011 at 06:40 PM
hey, we don't even mind when people write their names, as long as they don't put a date.
Martha Lynn Hunt July 20, 2011 at 10:33 PM
Love this article, Marlene. This one will be printed for Ed since he doesn't do computers as you so well know. You are a hoot.
Emily Breland July 21, 2011 at 12:59 PM
Marlene, you are my kind of woman! Loved the article.
Marlene Buchanan July 21, 2011 at 04:11 PM
Thanks, Cyndi. I think you should just rejoice in having friendly roommates. I just started with the letter A and kept on naming them!
Marlene Buchanan July 21, 2011 at 04:12 PM
Thank you so much
Marlene Buchanan July 21, 2011 at 04:12 PM
Thanks. It was good to see you the other day
Marlene Buchanan July 21, 2011 at 04:12 PM
OH, GOOD point!
Marlene Buchanan July 21, 2011 at 04:13 PM
Dust Bunnies are free to run rampnat. The best thing si they do not require food or litter boxes
Marlene Buchanan July 21, 2011 at 06:05 PM
Thanks. I'm so glad it gave you a smile
Marlene Buchanan July 21, 2011 at 06:05 PM
Thanks, Mike
Marlene Buchanan July 21, 2011 at 06:06 PM
Thanks so much
Marlene Buchanan July 21, 2011 at 06:06 PM
Thanksm Shirley. Please share with your Mom
Marlene Buchanan July 21, 2011 at 06:09 PM
Oh yeah. No body goes up there so why disturb anyone/thing. Have you ever even been in the upstairs of my house?
Marlene Buchanan July 21, 2011 at 06:10 PM
Another really good point.. And now that I have a sick cat, that is an even better reason to not use harsh chemicals or a dust cloth
Marlene Buchanan July 21, 2011 at 06:10 PM
Name them and love them. They niether eat or use a litter box.
Marlene Buchanan July 21, 2011 at 06:11 PM
Personally I think you clean too much!
Marlene Buchanan July 21, 2011 at 06:12 PM
Hey, how are you doing. Glad you got a giggle. Do you ever get back down this way?
Marlene Buchanan July 21, 2011 at 06:12 PM
Thanks, Harriet. It made my day knowing that you got a laugh
Marlene Buchanan July 21, 2011 at 06:13 PM
Absolutely right. You can even create abstract art this way and enjoy your dust even more.
Marlene Buchanan July 21, 2011 at 06:14 PM
I will have to write one just for Ed and put in about the hot flashes
Marlene Buchanan July 21, 2011 at 06:14 PM
Thanks, Emily. How are you doing? Are you still playing golf? How is Jimmy's business?
Marlene Buchanan July 21, 2011 at 06:15 PM
Do you think I should write about some of the things James has put in the freezer?
Jan Houston September 15, 2011 at 05:20 PM
Yeah that day I scared him??? Same day I told you about my plaque (sp?) hanging in my living room that reads "you can touch the dust but please don't write in it" Jan Cuz Houston
Jan Houston September 15, 2011 at 05:21 PM
What??? Marlene does not cook!!!!??? Jan


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