I did it religiously for the past few years, put my back out cleaning out cobwebs, emptying out closets, scrubbing the walls, and all the assorted stuff that goes into making one feel harassed and witchlike on the actual Diwali Day. And Laxmi has conveniently decided over the past few years to give our house the miss.
So, I rationalised, I’m going in for reverse psychology this year. The house is relatively clean. On a normal day you could eat off my kitchen floor. A casual visitor will see it spic and span to the extent of gleamingness so great you need sunglasses to keep the retinas undamaged.
Therefore no ‘cleaning’ has happened this year. Cupboards were cleaned out. Regular cobwebs dusted out. Crockery cleaned. Shelves cleant up. Walls spruced up. As always.
Fingers crossed. Laxmiji makes the trip to this house which is always clean. We could do with her visiting.