You Can Teach An Old Gal New Tricks

My name is Crystal and I hate to dust.

Of course I do dust.

I’ve been dusting for DECADES –

But I hate it.

I suppose part of the problem is I love pretty things . . .

May I present Exhibit A?

And also Exhibit B

I could easily go further into the alphabet – Exhibit C, D, etc. – each with a little “collection” of pretty things, but you get the idea. Collections make dusting a lot slower. You have to stop and dust each item! I’ve tried to imagine if I could be satisfied in a home with the “minimalist-look”. You know – sleek surfaces, empty tables, shelves that display just a single plant, or a photograph. Such an arrangement would only require a quick swipe of a dust rag. Now isn’t that a heavenly thought? Alas, for me it’s just a daydream. I’ve never been able to convince myself that we’d feel cozy in a sparse environment.

The other day I cajoled Sir Beads into dusting what we refer to as the entertainment center. It’s a series of shelves that hold the TV, DVD player, stereo, etc. I must hasten to add that Sir Beads has very little history as a “duster”. Although he’s always been willing to chip in with household chores, I’ve tried to avoid asking for help too often as he takes care of the yard, and all home repairs/maintenance.

BUT, now that he’s retired . . . I figured I’d ask (while batting my eyes in a charming fashion) if he’d consider a bout of dusting “every now and then”.

He immediately agreed. (I do love that guy!)

The entertainment center stands quite tall with several art glass vases displayed along the very top shelf. I lamented to Sir Beads that those vases were going to need a bath (I’d only dusted them the last several times). I also whimpered that the top shelf is a pain in the neck to dust! It has a very rough surface that tends to catch and snag the dust cloth, so you end up with little strings clinging to the wood.

It was then that he said it!!!!!

One simple sentence that left me temporarily speechless as I turned it over in my mind and tried to process the full meaning:

“If it’s so tough . . . why dust that very top shelf?

Nobody can see it.”

Holy moly! In those few words, he had very succinctly illustrated the great divide between the sexes, the disconnect between male and female, the uniqueness of “Mars and Venus”!

I stuttered in reply:

“But, but, but, it’s dusty!

You can’t just leave it to PILE UP!

WE would know!”

At that point, I realized my argument sounded a little weak. His actually made sense – – – well, sort of – but I was not about to abandon my 40+ years of housekeeping practices in the blink of an eye . . .

The shelf was dusted. 😉

Actually it was vacuumed at Sir Beads’ suggestion, and it worked like a charm!

I could never climb up the step stool while carrying the heavy weight of the vacuum cleaner, so using a dust rag has always been the only viable option for me . . .

That is until now!

In the words of the old song: “It’s so nice to have a man around the house!” 😀


So then, Ladies and Gentlemen, do you dust?
Do you hate it? 😉




You Can Teach An Old Gal New Tricks — 10 Comments

  1. Yes, I hate dusting. I hate to admit it but in some rooms with less frequent usage, I have been known to ignore until the dust smell overcomes me. Then I go in and take the room apart. It looks great for about a week. And then those dust bunnies come out of their hiding places. I have been know to dust with a vacuum too. Faster.

    Your tea cup collection is fantastic. I see why you like tea. Tea Time with Crystal!!

  2. I HATE to dust too, but I am so OCD, I HATE to look at dust even more, so I do it. 🙁 Although, since Robert is officially a “toddler” (yes, we have walking!), everything within his level has been moved or packed away. So nothing on coffee tables, end tables, lowest bookcase shelves (although we do keep moving stuff up!, he has quite a reach), I have found that without all the “stuff”, dusting is not so bad or time consuming! But I miss the “stuff”. It looks kind of barren without it.
    The thing that I hate to dust the most are the plantation shutters and mini-blinds! Those are the WORST! Does anyone have a special trick for doing those?? Besides a cleaning service?? (and I am tempted just to call someone in JUST to do those, that is how much I dislike doing them!)

    Yay for Sir Beads! It is nice to have a HELPFUL man around the house! 🙂

  3. Yes i hate jobs that don’t last and dusting in this house lasts a day…maybe! Ive decluttered as much as possible and have a handheld dyson thats amazing ….and i still hate dusting lol.

  4. I don’t have all that much to dust, and I have found that the swiffer dusters do a great job. I don’t have a whole lot of delicate things so they work great. I do hate cleaning in general because it never ends, you just do it over and over again. UGGHHH

  5. I hate dust. I hate dusting. I have two grandsons that get allowance and one of the pre-requisites is dusting…Nuff said. ~lol~

    xx, Carol

  6. OMG, I hate dusting! I try to avoid it as much as possible but I can’t stand it for too long, cause I just know it’s still there and it bugs the you know what out of me! I’m going to have to remember Carol’s response for when I have grandchildren! ;-D and speaking of that 4 letter plus “ing” word, I’ve got to go and do it now, cause Fridays and the weekends are devoted to playing with my beads. 😀
    Great post Crystal!

  7. Welcome Brenda,
    Thank you so much for joining the chat, here! 😀
    Have fun with the beads! So looking forward to seeing what you make!!!

  8. AHHH…as an ex (and soon to be again I hope) Housekeeper for private residences…I HATE Dusting!! One of my worst jobs for a woman referred to by the agency I used to work for was “The Knick-Knack Queen” This woman must have had 5,000+ throughout her home, a two story monstrosity we ( team of two) cleaned in 8 hours once a month…the worst were those damn objects all over…AND she’d hide something small, like an eraser, either behind or under one of them, only she knew where. So we HAD to dust every single one, cuz if we missed the hidden object, she would call the service and complain and get a discount on her bill…PLUS we had to clean the rest of the house on top of all the knick-knacks!
    And on the other end of the scale, I had a client that would pay me $50 whether I was there 2 hours or 4, every other week. They were a minimalist family, with 4 spoons, forks, knives etc, and one family group pic in the living-room, and 1 separate pic of each of them….I always felt guilty if I left after 2 hours, so I’d stay and groom their dog, pull their weeds, etc..they weren’t home when I cleaned.
    I am in the middle ground, tho after my daughter moved back in with me, we seem to have more stuff “out” to dust >.<

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