You may be wondering why it took me so long to pack up my belongings, especially since I swore to you that I got rid of a ton of things. Yes indeedy, I sure did unload lots and lots of stuff! There are probably hundreds of people out there right now wearing my clothing, eating from my dishes and listening to my old albums. But I still had a lot of stuff in the basement. You know, that big, often ignored, hole in the ground under your house, (which is, in effect, another house), into which most of us shove lots of “stuff that I will use someday”. Oh yeah, some of us also have superfluous items in the basement like furnaces and washers and dryers, but for the most part, basements are storage spaces for stuff we cannot part with. Remember that George Carlin routine about stuff? Well, that about sums it up I think. For those of you too young to get that one, just go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvgN5gCuLac. It explains a lot about …..you guessed it….stuff. We also put things like canned food in the basement. Thanks to my basement and BJ’s Wholesale Club, I am pretty much prepared for the next flood, hurricane, blizzard or apocalypse.
After working on the upstairs for what seemed like enough time to pack Buckingham Palace, I had the upstairs (the place where I lived with stuff I used on a fairly regular basis) under control. Despite my efforts to avoid it, I realized I had no choice but to move on to the dreaded “basement stuff” (the treasures that I would undoubtedly need if I was foolish enough to throw any of it away). Being the black holes that they are, basements tend to get a little dirty and dusty along with everything in them, and well, just….eewwwwww. There was just no way that I was moving my stuff DIRTY! Oh hell no! What if one of my neighbors at my new Florida home stopped by in the middle of me unpacking Connecticut basement stuff? There was no way I was going to have them think “Oh my God…she seems nice, but what a SLOB!”. Nope. I am not having that! My STUFF may be a lot of that other name George Carlin uses, but it would be clean before any of it saw the inside of a box headed to Florida!
Now this is where the bubble guys came in. I would like to say that I am immune to advertising. I am a highly educated consumer who does not make purchasing decisions based on silly TV commercials. HA! That was the huge lie I told myself for a long time – until reality hit me one day while I was standing at the cash register. Make me laugh with your commercial and you have my attention. Then provide a coupon in the BJ’s circular and that’s it….Sold! And folks, I am here to tell you about a product that makes light of years of collected basement grime and makes you and your stuff the pride of any new neighborhood. – Scrubbing Bubbles! “But isn’t that just for bathrooms?” you ask. Not in my Phyllis Diller book of house work it isn’t!! Anything that makes it such that all I need to do is spray, sit back and watch the dirt run down is good for just about any room and any item in the house, I say! Those cute little scrubber guys flying around on my TV screen one day caught my attention. That and the BJ’s coupon, which enabled me to buy something like 6 cans of the little guys. “Six cans for a single person with one bathroom? Are you nuts?” you may ask. Hey….Its not like they are going to go bad! And as it turns out, 6 cans of that stuff is a cleaning gift from the Universe (or SC Johnson I guess) for a major move.
I went into the basement armed with my Scrubbing Bubbles and started to take things apart. My food storage cabinet for example. It is one of those four shelved plastic units I bought from Home Depot a few years back. I put it together, started shoving stuff onto it and there it sat, doing its duty, but getting a little grimy as well. I unloaded it, packed up the food and then took it apart, brought it outside and sprayed the heck out of it with those little bubbles. Five minutes later, I sprayed each piece with the garden hose and VOILA! Brand new again! God I love those bubbles! I also have a garden fairy that got put away every autumn without a whole lot of fanfare. She is going to Florida bright and shiny now due to Scrubbing Bubbles. Now don’t get all judgey on me about her before shots…remember – you too have basements with surprises in store! Here she is in the process of being Scrubbing Bubbled.
And here is the finished product!!
Isn’t she beautiful now? Oh and yes, there are other things that I just could not part with, goofy as they may seem. This face will probably find itself on a palm tree soon – clean thanks to my little Scrubbing Bubble friends! THAT is definitely something to smile about! And oh yeah….I still have a few cans left if you need some…..