As the dog days of summer are upon us, I am grateful for the modern luxury of air conditioning. Today's high temperature will be over 100 degrees, and I'm also grateful for deodorant and showers. Thank you, Lord. Texas is a great place to live, but you've got to be prepared for the long summer or you won't make it.
Whether you have A/C or not, there is a good chance that you rely on some type of fan to keep the sultry summer air moving. We have ceiling fans in almost every room and even one outside in the breezeway, and they make a big difference in our electric bill by allowing us to leave the air conditioning temperature a tad higher.
This spring, I was on a cleaning frenzy with my new vacuum cleaner attachments and realized that my ceiling fans were actually FUZZY with dust. Huh? How did THAT happen? I was horrified that (1) I hadn't noticed before and (2) didn't really care. I had just let those fan blades beat round and round without so much as a thought. It was pretty disgusting.
Today's Small Thing is to dust at least one fan in your house, if you have one. (Now, for you Company Girls in the Southern Hemisphere, this may be a challenge finding a fan this time of year.) A vacuum attachment works great on ceiling fans, especially if it is long enough to reach from the floor. You may have to pull out a ladder or chair to do the job, but you'll love the results.
A quick note about the ceiling fans: since it seems like a hard job, or at least one that requires holding your arms up over your head for a length of time, it's easy to put this one off. But in less than 5 minutes, you can complete a whole fan and have it look incredible. I had to stand and admire my handiwork for awhile the last time I did it.
For smaller fans, you may have to pry the protective piece off the front (they often have little clips holding them on) to get to the fan blades inside. Once those blades are clean, they will be moving cleaner air around the room and that just feels nice.
POINTS: 50 because no one really likes this job
BONUS: 20 for doing more than one fan, because no one really likes this job
70 points max!