Dusting Bookshelves – A Poll

So I was primed for a long workday, but I happened to glance at my bookshelves—and realized I haven’t dusted them since the Cubs won the World Series.

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Dusting the old folks…

It never pays to ID household shortcomings, because it is now noon. My bookshelves are dust-free, the carpets swept, and the HEPA air purifier filters changed. I also fired up the shop vac to suck a layer off the book tops, considering the growth at eye level was visible from five paces. 

My questions  to you? 

Guess I’ll be working late tonight after my son goes to bed…

16 thoughts on “Dusting Bookshelves – A Poll

  1. Letizia says:

    This post really made me laugh, especially the option of “never. I take Claritin instead”. Too funny! I usually end of dusting every other week as my eyes gaze over at my books in my mind’s attempt to distract me from my work….

  2. Call of the Siren says:

    I’m, once again, late to this party — just want to say that I’ve got several of those Joyce books too, along with Faustus. It was fun to snoop a look at your shelves. Book people can be the most boring guests at a dinner party — just because we’d rather be looking at the shelves!

    On dust: I like layers of dust. It makes me feel like my books are part of the monastery library in “Name of the Rose”!

    • Jilanne Hoffmann says:

      Yes, I’m always interested in what people have on their shelves. Instead of gravatars, I think we should take pictures of our bookshelves and post them as a kind of “writers/readers Rorschach test.”

      A monastery library. Oh, the thrill of it all! Finding some long forgotten treasure under a pile of ancient dust bunnies. I get chills just thinking of it.

  3. mskatykins says:

    I was going to ask if you’d read ‘Ulysses’ and then I saw all of the other Joyce/related books and I found my answer! 🙂 Wow. Dusting is a thankless job. Do you do it with a damp cloth to pick up dust rather than spread it around…? I have a dust allergy. Does air purifying help?

    • Jilanne Hoffmann says:

      Yes, I took a semester class on Joyce, so I’ve got quite a few on my shelf. I have yet to read Finnegan’s Wake and most likely never will.

      I use an olive oil furniture spray polish on a cloth. Our son’s room has a Whispure Air Purifier. It greatly diminishes the amount of dust that collects in his room. It’s a HEPA purifier so it does a fantastic job, so I would recommend it.

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