Belated spring cleaning, and godliness

If you’re like me, your spring cleaning comes in fits and spurts rather than as a single, big-push effort. So here it is, eleven days into May, and I’ve still got a good bit left to do.

The old adage says, “Cleanliness is next to godliness.” I’m not sure exactly what that’s supposed to mean, considering that some of the neatest, cleanest people I know have also been royal anal pains that I wouldn’t necessarily classify as “divine.”

But there is something relaxing and soothing about being in a space that is clean and free from clutter. There’s an openness in such homes, where you feel better able to take a deep breath, to ponder deep thoughts, or to go deep into meditation.

My place, unfortunately, is not one of those homes. Not right now, anyway.

Several years ago, I picked up a book called, “Clean House, Clean Planet” by Karen Logan. It’s filled with household cleaning tips and recipes using everything from baking soda and olive oil to white vinegar and lemon juice. These make-at-home cleansers not only smell great and are non-toxic, but they’re more economical than commercial cleaners, too.

My copy of Logan’s book is heavily dog-eared, marking recipes for toilet bowl cleaners, insect repellants, soap sprays and carpet cleaners/deodorizers. I suppose if I’m ever feeling particularly “ungodly,” I can take that old adage to heart, reach for Logan’s book, and get busy green-cleaning my condo.

(If you don’t have the time or inclination to make your own green-cleaning products, there are a host of eco-friendly alternatives on store shelves. Trader Joe’s even has a line called — you guess it! — Next to Godliness.)


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