Spic n’ Span

Today is my cleaning day. Of five major appliances, only the stove and fridge function fully. The dryer works, but the timer doesn’t. I need to set the microwave timer so my clothes won’t burn. The washer usually works, but needs a well-placed whack in a specific area on the lid. This sometimes works and sometimes it doesn’t.  The dishwasher is considered a luxury item, and will not be repaired.

“How could all these high-end, relatively new appliances not be repaired?” I asked the owner of the house.

He explained that it wasn’t worthwhile having appliances fixed. Repair persons would not come out this far, and he would have to actually transport items to be repaired to the nearest service centre. When the appliance finally dies, they are just replaced with new ones.

Now, I have been using a drying rack for clothing.

Oh, yes, there is no vacuum cleaner either, so I use a broom to sweep up dark blue, gray and white curlicues of dust.

Dishes? Where do they all come from? I’ve washing dishes by hand.

Without the long cycles of the dishwasher, whirring of the food processor, buzzing of the microwave, slapping of wet laundry in the dryer, there is a meditative stillness – no static or noise, just the hum of a quiet house … and it is good!

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2 thoughts on “Spic n’ Span

  1. I just spent 4 wks. in a place w/o vacuum cleaner, and I can tell you that you get used to it fairly quickly. The magic mop is doing a much better job in picking up dust bunnies/elephants than any vacuum cleaner I ever had. You know the red plastic ones with the cloth you wring out in a pail of water or the kitchen sink. And because it’s rectangular, it goes into all the corners easily! Happy cleaning, Andi.

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