I have never in all of my life been excited about cleaning. When the cleaning is complete, the calm, orderly, put-back-in-place, sometimes even shiny space I live in, makes me happy. But excited about the cleaning itself – never.
Next to my desk is the stairway down to the front door of our apartment. As I write, on the floor between my desk and the stairs is a line up of things ready to go. Swiffer heads up the troupes. Next in line is blue bucket with Swiffer refills, Mr. Clean magic eraser, Mrs. Meyers Clean Day All Purpose, 409, and Windex. Behind them stands white container with rags, then blue container with band aids, Advil, and sponges. Red Niwot Market canvas bag pulls up the rear carrying paper towels, napkins, toilet paper, kleenex, soap, shampoo, conditioner. Dawn, Bar Keepers Friend, shelf paper, and toilet bowl brushes are already in the car.
Tomorrow is Cleaning Day! I am so excited, and that is not an exaggeration or me being dramatic. Tomorrow morning, Calvin (my labrador pal) and I are heading to Boynton Beach to clean. It’s official, we now own a little townhouse by the sea. It is in need of good ol fashioned Dutch cleaning and fresh paint, a bit of carpet and a bathroom redo. Thankfully we’ve got a few weeks before we move all our stuff in. For now, we have all the furniture we need there (bought it with the place), in the spot we imagine spending the most time. The patio is the part of the townhouse that sold us immediately.
We are tremendously thankful.
I am thankful for a husband that stewards our money well so we can own a place and live within our means. We are thankful for Michele H and Laurie S for driving us from Lighthouse Point to Boynton Beach and towns in between, looking…looking…looking; for all the people who helped bring the mountains of paperwork to the table; for God who led us to this place we otherwise would not have found; and for those who supported us during this long year of waiting, disappointment, searching, and adventure.
I’m relieved the closing is complete and now… I am ready to clean!
p.s. I heard that its a 2 mile walk or a 4 minute drive to the beach from this place…