Saturday is cleaning day, which is a Vast Improvement over the previous state of affairs, where the person that was the most grossed out by a tiny hint of bathroom-mung was the one that cleaned the bathroom. Instead, we get together for about 2 hours on Saturday morning, play music (today, some kind of early-90s mix including House of Pain, which was strongly reminiscent of Much Music Dance Parties in Junior High), pick one of a number of different jobs, and CLEAN.
It works pretty well. I think that everyone cleans a bit more thoroughly than they would have otherwise, because we each know that we only have to do it for a specific period of time, and when we’re done the rest of the house will be cleaned, too. The kids participate, mostly, and we all get that nice feeling of having worked together to accomplish something.
This week, I picked Laundry/Sheets/Etc, which meant that I had to find things to do in between loads of laundry, which is how I found myself washing the cord of the laundry spinner. A laundry spinner is a miraculous device that removes excess water from the laundry by spinning it at a much higher velocity than a washing machine is able to do. It does not function better if its cord is washed, and the cleanliness of the room is not significantly enhanced, if the cord is washed. I am not the kind of person that walks into the room, and notices if any given power cable is a bit dirty.. or even if the room is dirty, really. But such is the power of Cleaning Day, that even the power cords get washed. One does more than one would otherwise do, because everyone is pitching in.
It’s a beautiful thing.