How do you feel about dusting? I don’t hate it but I don’t love it. I’m not crazy about dust, though. So even though it’s not my favorite task, I do try to dust weekly (most of the time).
I’m not a perfect duster. I have a route that takes me through every room and hits the important parts and only those. But every now and then, when I’m in the mood, I try to dust a little slower and be more thorough. When it’s deep dusting time, I hit my regular route plus the following areas:
- Hanging light fixtures, especially the bulbs
- Bulbs in table lamps and inside surfaces of shades
- Plants (dust broadleaf ones just like anything else)
- Louvered shutters (I don’t have those but if you do, they need dusting once in a while)
- Baseboards (I use my Webster for those)
- Windowsills and molding on windowpanes
- Backs of chairs
- Curved feet of chairs and tables
- Tops of drawers and drawer pulls
- Crossbeams underneath tables
- Tops of books on shelves
- Bottom shelves of anything, but especially end tables and coffee tables
- Heater and exhaust vents
- Areas around electric cords that trap circulating dust
- Curtains, near the top
Reading that list probably made you want to cry or sigh but it’s really not as bad as it seems. Running the feather duster over those extra items doesn’t take that much extra time and it does make you feel like your house is really clean.
So the next time you dust, if you have the time and are in the mood, tackle your “deep dusting” and see how good it makes you feel about your house.
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