Every time we have a visitor at home, before their arrival, I go on a crazy cleaning spree. Though this obsession of cleaning the house to spotless clean has mellowed down with age, I hadn’t given up until recently.
When I was still a teenager, I used to spend hours polishing the decoration pieces, vacuuming the rugs and ensuring home was squeaky clean and in perfect order. At that point, I used to see this habit of mine as an obsession with cleanliness or orderliness. Though, I do not think the same anymore.
Yesterday, when my cousins were due to visit us and I was running around the house putting things in order, I stopped for a moment to think why I was doing something I didn’t do on a daily or rather regular basis. I do keep the home in order but what I do when we are expecting company is nothing short of insane. A house that is in order and kept clean should be sufficient on a daily basis and that should also be the case when we have guests coming over. But, this understanding never worked for me until yesterday.
This time, I held myself back from overdoing the cleaning or going overboard in making the home look picture perfect. Though it took me 10 minutes of contemplation to not get back to my old self, but at the end of the day I had saved myself enough energy to use it during my interaction with the guests and enjoy every minute of it.
In retrospect, it might be cause of my new-found wisdom (showered by the three new grey hair) or maybe my recent inclination towards weighing in the utility of every habit I have. But, in the end I am pretty happy that I have changed for the better. Overdoing the cleaning used to drain my energy leaving me cranky and dull enough to not enjoy any minute of the real occasion.
I believe, becoming a parent has also contributed in bringing about this positive change in me because with a baby tornado in the house, I am left with no choice but to be satisfied with a clean home that is in order only during the school hours. I can safely strike through my old habit of being obsessed with keeping the house squeaky clean and am glad to bid adieu.
The song on my mind: Yeh tera ghar, yeh mera ghar ~ Saath Saath