#SoCS: Cleaning the Sty

Recently, Gibbs had few “sneezy” days and he lost his lunch a couple of times.

Perhaps that’s normal, once-in-awhile cat behavior or perhaps it’s a sign of illness. In this case, my current supposition is that Gibbs was surrounded by too much dust and cat hair.

It was evident when I started deep cleaning the bedroom and bathroom sty last weekend. Most often, I try to clean these spaces every two weeks, but this time it was three. I had been busy or lazy, take your pick.

It’s embarrassing, even without a witness, to look under the bed and visibly, glaringly see a layer of gray cat hair that had not been tended to for a long time. I keep three oblong plastic containers filled with photographs and memorabilia under the bed, which causes me to forget that there are spaces between in which a cat or two can squeeze into. And roll around in. And leave hair on.

Disgusting, to say the least, but that’s where the handy vacuum tool that reaches under the bed comes into play. It saved the day after I emptied the vacuum’s bagless fur-catching container three times. Four times if you count the rest of the bedroom floor that regularly receives more attention. My routine also involves vacuuming throw rugs, but this time it included the bottom of the cat trees and around the edges of the room. It’s amazing how much hair, fur, lint and little black sock fuzzies gather in special places.

I have a large bedroom that accommodates the usual bed and dresser, but also a computer/workspace and a semi-hidden kitty litter corner that contributes to the dust issue. If you ask Natasha, she will tell you that I’m very particular about keeping the litter corner clean and tidy, but it can still spread dust even when the litter company claims it’s dustless. I don’t believe it because I can see it rising when I pour a new layer in the box.

Anyhow, dusting was taken seriously and completed. Cat and human bedding went in the wash machine (except for the quilt that requires a trip to the laundromat), and, finally, the bathroom glowed clean with a fresh scent of bleachy bowl cleaner and Fabulosa, the disinfectant floor cleaner. Yum.

It was a nice day so the windows cracked open at my insistence. I don’t especially like the smell of bleach and Fabulosa, so if I can tone it down, I will. With recent bitter cold weather in February that kept the windows shut for two weeks, airing out the bedroom was a good and favorable thing.

It’s been a week without sneezy, puking cat events, so you can see why I may think the lack of house cleaning could have contributed to the earlier issue. Human mom had been sneezing a bit too, but she went a couple days forgetting her generic Allegra, so…

I only wish that the deep-cleaning of the sty would last for more then two or three weeks, that I could throw an anti-fur, anti-lint, anti-dust and dirt layer of Saran Wrap over the entire works. It would save energy that Gibbs expends watching me and time I could spend napping like a cat.

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Stream of Consciousness Saturday is the brainchild of author Linda G. Hill. Every Friday, Linda provides her followers with an inspiring blogger’s prompt. It can be a word or words and sometimes bonus points are involved (my favorite). Linda asks us to write without editing, other than correcting spelling errors.

Just go with the flow.

Like a babbling brook or rain drops. Click HERE if this type of writing floats your boat or helps with your decision-making. Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “-sty.” Find a word that ends in “-sty” or use the word “sty.” Enjoy!

39 responses to #SoCS: Cleaning the Sty

  1. quiall says:

    Yes, the price we pay for love. Been there done that. Actually I wish I could do it again.

  2. Ally Bean says:

    I need to follow your lead and do a deep cleaning in our bedroom. No little fur makers but lots of dust. And a room that could use some fresh air. Thanks for the idea.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      It’s extra work, Judy, but worth it for the smell and feeling of clean and accomplishment. No cleaning today, but I may crack open the window again.

  3. Dan Antion says:

    It always amazes me where the cat and dog hair end up. You’re a good human. You recognize your role and you rise to the challenge. Who’s a good girl?

  4. marianallen says:

    When the kids were home, any time I cleaned, they would say, “Who’s coming over?” Some things never change….

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Well, in this case, I cleaned for the well-being of a cat and his human. Visitors would be lovely, but that has to wait.

  5. joey says:

    Well done! Kitty and mom will breather easier now.
    In my former life in Georgia, I dusted every day. I did not work outside the home and we basically lived in a sand box. God’s sand is certainly not dust-free, and to your point, it’s not advertised as such, either. Since I work away from home now, I do not dust daily and my back hallway is where most of the pet hair tumbleweeds travel, some of them clinging to the spare socks the cats carry around while they mewl, and where the litter from the laundry room is dispersed despite special holey litter rug and regular human rug. The back hallway is swept 4-5 times a week, but it’s a vortex of allergens anyway.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      You have a few more pets and humans to deal with, Joey, so I don’t envy the chores you must face all week. I put the litter box on top of the hard plastic bottom of a dog cage that’s on top of a ridged plastic runner and that helps, but still I’ll find those tiny pebbles hiding in the bathroom rug.
      My roomie and I had a daily chore with dusting when they built Costco next door. It was summer, windows open, lots of dirt and dust moving around.
      You do what you can when it comes to dusting and cleaning. There are more important things some days, like spending time with family, sleeping with the critters or relaxing because that’s what you deserve.

      • joey says:

        Construction dust is terrible!
        You’re right about better things to do! Thankfully, the other humans do many chores, too!

  6. John Hric says:

    All that cleaning will no doubt avoid a bigger cat-astrophy. And lead to a sparkly destiny with cat tracks that are not crusty.

  7. dweezer19 says:

    I have never been overly excited with all the ‘futuristic’ inventions that get dreamed up, Mary; but the Roomba is something I wish I could afford and the innovative self cleaning bathroom that was introduced at a Science fair once that had a switch that initiated a total ‘washout’ of this pristinely white room totally had my attention. 😉

    • bikerchick57 says:

      The Roomba would probably work great under the bed with the cat hair and dust bunnies. If I had one, I’d be tempted to buy a shark costume for Gibbs and let him ride around on it. 😏😼

  8. murisopsis says:

    The joys of sharing space with the furry ones! I used to sometimes give up mopping the kitchen floor in the winter because the dog would track in so much dirt that it was impossible to keep clean. Now I can mop and the mop water doesn’t have to be changed 2 or 3 times!!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Pets can be a joy to have, but they can also be a lot of work. Right now, for instance, Gibbs is making me sit on the bed with a book so he can spread his fur across my lap. Good thing I have a lint roller.

      • J-Dub says:

        As much as I want to and have on occasion napped on the weekends recently, it can mix up my days and nights.

  9. JoAnna says:

    I’m one of those clean-as-needed people, which means when I see the clumps of cat hair and dust (used to be dog hair.) But you are inspiring me to be more conscientious to minimize allergic reactions, especially since today’s warmer weather brought more cat hair falling from Mama Cat.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I really was mortified by the cat hair under the bed. I’ll be paying better attention to it going forward.

  10. Laura says:

    I can surely relate to this. I have a terrible time motivating to clean. Your post makes me wonder how long it’s been since I vacuumed those under-the-bed spots…

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