Cobwebs in the attic

United States
November 10, 2010 11:58am CST
My in-laws are super neat freaky. And I was talking to her how she was disappointed when SIL was up visiting that it was so hard for them to get up in the attic and dust the cobwebs. My in-laws aren't steady enough anymore to do things like that on a ladder. Now I don't know about you but if you aren't using the attic or storing anything up there why on Earth does it matter if there are cobwebs in it?!?! Same with a few other things they don't use that they spend time cleaning. Some of her cleaning ideas just blow me away. Is there anything you clean or know someone that requires something cleaned that is never used or seen by company?
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@dragon54u (31352)
• United States
11 Nov 10
I can't see any reason for cleaning an attic that is not used--other than not encouraging spiders that might migrate to other areas of the house. I need to clean the cobwebs from under the basement stairs. I keep putting it off--I even have a broom hanging on the basement steps that would be easy to grab on the way down but I still procrastinate. I'm good at that!
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• United States
11 Nov 10
The spiders are the least of their worries! What SIL2 brought over 10 yrs ago they still haven't taken care of... there's a song about a pest that's been around since dinosaur times if you catch my drift. I'd be more worried bout those darn things! Another reason we do not visit often & are insisting Turkey day @ our house. I do the steps like once a month or two as they are near where the dog lays & between the cob webs and the hair it has to get done or it'll track everywhere eventually.
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@dragon54u (31352)
• United States
11 Nov 10
My steps are awful! There is dog hair and crap that they track in and lose on their way up to my bedroom. I bought a little vac but it doesn't work well, nor does the attachment to my big vac. I've tried a lint brush, tape, everything but can't seem to find an effective, quick way to do it. This last time I ended up carrying the vac up each step and that really hurt my back. It didn't even do a very good job!
• United States
11 Nov 10
I hear you clearly with this as I have enough on my hands to do besides go into an area that perhaps in a year of not entered. Anyways what I try to do is get rid of things I no longer need and make sure not to accumulate an further stuff than I already have. When I go to parties and they are handing out little gifting nacks, I am one to refuse them as the last thing I need here is yet more dust collectors.
• United States
11 Nov 10
We're working on decluttering here as well. It wasn't so bad til we had kids between their toys & my rummage sale addiction I hate the lil junk like that too. Moreso the kids junk, you know like the mini yo-yo's or whatever you'd find normally in a gumball machine @ the grocery store. They break so fast it's like please don't bother.
@cher913 (25895)
• Canada
10 Nov 10
sounds like they have too much time on their hands! i guess for me it would be my craft corner. i am not a neat freak but i often to a project then go and misplace things so i am always tidying it up.
• United States
11 Nov 10
They've always had too much time on their hands. They are retired in their 70's & MIL claims she's a homebody. But you know hearing how long it takes her to clean out her dresser & closet in spring when she's a minimalist blows me away. I swear she's scrubbing the walls in it or something. A person who only has 10 pairs of pants, 10 tops & 1 pair of shoes does not have much to clean or organize ya know!!!?!?!
@katsmeow1213 (28982)
• United States
10 Nov 10
Wow.. I'm the opposite.. I sit in my bedroom being lazy and look up and say "I should really grab a broom and do something about those cobwebs" but I don't.
• United States
11 Nov 10
I think half the time like you do. But if I've already got the shop vac out may as well. I need to get a few out of our room I've noticed, but since I don't live in it I don't pay much attention.
• Philippines
10 Nov 10
There's a part of my apartment that i don't frequent but i still clean it. It's the corner near where i put my shoes. I want it to be clean cuz i know if i leave it there unattended it'll accumulate enough dirt and it'll look awful in the future.
• United States
11 Nov 10
That's true anywhere you leave shoes there's boud to be some dirt and debris accumulating. I know I don't bother with that area other than winter as the snow melts and can get everywhere.
@peavey (15765)
• United States
10 Nov 10
Yikes! I've never even been in my attic, much less dusted it! Who knows what's up there.... I don't want to know! I have enough trouble dusting my living room regularly. My daughter in law, though, dusts everything once a week (not sure about the attic!). She vacuums the drapes, dusts above windows and doors and all the corners of the walls. She has a four bedroom house with a den and three bathrooms, so that's a lot of dusting every week.
• United States
11 Nov 10
I have not been up there either & I don't want to know myself. If we were using the space I suppose but we are not. I only dream of your DIL's house... we're very cramped here. But I don't want more rooms to pick up in either. It would just be nice to have each kid in their own room, an extra bathroom, and a den would be nice so I could get the pc armior out of my living room.
@SomeCowgirl (32273)
• United States
3 Jul 11
I guess for your MIL it's not "out of sight, out of mind". I like things to be cleanly but only what can be seen by people and that's it. I won't go so far as to clean every nook and cranny unless it is well enough time for that to be done, such as spring / season cleaning.
@Hatley (161811)
• Garden Grove, California
11 Nov 10
hi 3snugglebunnies well with me its self preservation if I dust anything that might be unseen. of course now I am in this very tiresomne retirement center I do not have to do any house cleaning as the housekeeping staff cleans for us. But yes I dusted when we had our own apartment as I am extremely allergic to dust and dust mites. I hink I may be one keeping Benadryl really thriving for all the pills I use and have bought.So that is why I used to dust anyplace where dust could gather. here it is not too bad but I had to stop the housekeeper from dusting all the electric cords going fromn my computer to monitor and modem and router. I yelled at her even in order to get her to realize those could be fouled up with her insistence on dusting everything.So many people who work here are Mexicans who no habla le anglaise. help.
@cynthiann (18631)
• Jamaica
10 Nov 10
Maybe I would get it cleaned once a year. But my mother was a great one for superfluous cleaning.Not only would she (in her late eighties) get down on her hands and knees and wash the base boards she would then go back and polish them!and she did this every week. She thought that I was a bit of a slob but I consider my standards to be on the high side
@GardenGerty (92211)
• Marion, Kansas
10 Nov 10
I am definitely not guilty of excessive cleaning, except for the fact that if I am going away, I want to wash up all the laundry in the house before I go. My mom always did this. For her, it was because we did not have very many good clothes and for me it is just habit. However this discussion is reminding me that I need to get after all the cobwebs in my house.
@gdesjardin (1938)
• United States
10 Nov 10
Your inlaws would go nuts if they visited our attic...there is all kinds of cobwebs in there I am sure! When I was little my dad used to make my sister go cobweb hunting and I would have to pick up specks that didn't get picked up by the vaccum cleaner. He would sit with a flashlight and say "speck" and I would have to bend down and pick it up. Oh gosh, the specks he would find. There we so incredibly tiny even I as a young girl could barely see them. My sister got the easier job of holding the flashlight while my dad got all the cobwebs and little dust bunnies off the ceiling. Of course our house was always so clean it was like a museum. Now that they are older I go over and help them with the cleaning and stuff. About 6 months ago I asked him (jokingly) if he wanted me to go speck hunting. He said "are you kidding, I am lucky to see the carpet let alone any specks". LOL I am glad they still have their sense of humor.
• United States
10 Nov 10
My daughter was telling me today that when her boyfriends mom was there the other day for dinner, she washed the dishes for her, that she appreciated very much but then started cleaning everything! They don't use their water dispenser on the refrigerator think it doesn't work not sure, but she even took it out and cleaned it! My daughter wasn't sure if it was just being helpful or an insult!