Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Joy in the Little Things

Today I cleaned three beautiful houses with my mother-in-law. Christmas decorations are going up--one tree is easily ten feet tall, festooned with trendy white gold and dusty teal ornaments and a huge featherlike topper. Santas with quizzical faces peered out at me as I dusted, and stylized snowmen grinned from startling places. I enjoyed meeting each new character and decoration as I labored through the accustomed routine.

Cleaning is certainly not my favorite thing! I look forward, soon, to resigning my position. But I must admit that there are many opportunities to find joy in the work. Leaving a lovely house in perfect condition, tiptoeing across spotless floors, and closing the door on swathes of vacuumed carpet is rewarding. Being more likely to sweep dirt under a rug than pick it up in my own housekeeping, the much more rigorous standards of cleaning on the job bring me satisfaction.

I enjoy finding joy in the little things, even cleaning other peoples' houses!


Margarita Tartakovsky said...

Emily, I love your attitude! I write a lot about trying to find joy in the little things, but it can be hard. My fave parts of this post are how lovingly you describe the details and how your positive attitude clearly shines through. That's so important to have during the holidays and year-round!

emily.mcintyre said...

Thank you, Margarita! I fully agree--it can be tough to delight in the small things, particularly when the large ones seem so overwhelmingly negative!

Thank you for your kind comment. I enjoy reading your words in various formats!

Gray Skies said...

I'm a housecleaner too! It's not my favorite thing to do in the world, but I certainly don't hate it, and I agree that there's something satisfying about walking away from a clean house.

By the way, thanks for the book recommendation you left on my blog!

Anonymous said...

Hi, Em. I'm scouring every nook and cranny in my kitchen. Funny how we do a better job on other people's houses. How did it get so dirty? I am enjoying just looking into each sparkling, fresh drawer and cabinet. I also am learning new little tips for organizing things. Never to old to learn, right?

emily.mcintyre said...

Yeah, I agree! Who's this? :-)

Anonymous said...

Hi, Em. The "who" is Laura. I just don't know how to identify myself on the computer. I was definately born in the wrong centruy. Your blog is nice and your writing is delightful. Looking forward to seeing you.

emily.mcintyre said...

Ah! Yes indeed. I wondered, from your writing style, but didn't want to assume. :-)

It's good to hear from you. I enjoyed the Messiah tonight and am looking forward to seeing you all next week.