Movement Renaissance, Too – Window Washing

Window washing is my least favorite chore of all. Except for the opportunity to move in a variety of ways, it seems a waste of time. They just get dirty again. We had not washed our windows since the Thomas Fire came roaring through on every side of our home on December 4, 2017. Finally, last August we decided the time had come. And this turned out to be another Movement Renaissance.

All the Right Equipment

Willis, being an engineer, had all the right equipment plus a new addition – a pressure washer I have nicknamed R2D2.  He reminds me of the robot in the Star Wars movies. And, he is just as valuable when it comes to washing cars, washing outdoor furniture and washing and rinsing windows.

Early To Rise

Author, Joan, washing kitchen windowsWe got up early so we would not have the sun shining on any windows while we were washing them. Sunshine makes it almost impossible to get them clean before they dry. “Early” for us was 5 a.m. By the time we got the equipment assembled and had breakfast, it was 6:30. Here, you can see it is just beginning to get light outside as I am starting on the kitchen windows – which are THE WORST!!! They are over the sinks and receive constant splashing.

We totally lucked out on the weather. It was foggy with no sun until almost noon and it stayed in the mid-60s until we were done. Considering it was the end of summer and it had been in the 90s, we were indeed fortunate.

Window Washing Moves

Joan's Arabesque
Arabesque
Joan washing patio window in a squat
Squatting

When we talk about “movement,” window washing certainly offers a lot of opportunities for inventive moves. First, there is the actual washing of the window. We used a mixture of a little Joy detergent and warm water. Next is rinsing the windows with clean water. Then using a squeegee to uniformly get the water off the window. And, finally, using a microfiber towel around the edges to get where the squeegee missed. Willis had removed all the screens so he cleaned the windowsills and screen tracks. Then I opened each window and cleaned the window track. The fun part was seeing where we had been as we methodically moved around the house. Willis even did the transom over the door and the trapezoid windows in the front of the house.

Willis on ladder washing transomWillis washing trapezoid windows

Lots of Windows

We have more than 25 windows in our home. (We wanted a view of the beauty of our surroundings sitting up on the side of a mountain looking down to a valley and across to mountains on the other side). That takes a lot of glass and we love it 99% of the time. Not so much when it comes to washing all those windows inside and out. Of course, the result is spectacular – for a while – until weather comes in. So we enjoy it while we may and are grateful we are physically able to accomplish this task.

Check out the View

Wall of windowsHere’s where we were at 9:30 a.m. Love this wall of glass looking out over our “domain.” However, all of this still needed to be done plus another five windows around the back corner! We finally finished 6.5 hours after beginning. We took no breaks. Don’t know if I would recommend that – we just wanted to finish.

Will we continue to wash our own windows? Don’t know yet – still too exhausted to think ahead that far. The reward is AWESOME – clear views in all directions and bodies that celebrate the ability to do all those moves.

 

6 Responses
  1. Lisa

    Joan, I feel the same way about windows, and I also feel that way about dusting. Always try to remind myself it’s all a movement opportunity…

    I searched out the blog today because I’ve been hoping to ask you a question. From the book, I know that you have had issues with the balls of your feet? I have the same problem and got the usual “wear orthotics” advice. The orthotics came with their own problems, and my search for another approach is what led me to Katy’s work in the first place.

    I wondered if you’d mind sharing what type of metatarsal pad and footbed liner pad you use? I’m fairly sure that no matter what I do, a bit of the problem will remain (based on other parts of my body that also seem to be less padded than before).

    Plus, I need a bit of gentleness while working on the movement side. Without that, I end up with very sore feet and, most worrying, a feeling of overstimulated nerves in the feet/toes. Not good!

    I’d also be curious to know which exercises you thought were particularly helpful. I do a lot of calf stretching, but need to add in the next layer of movements/exercises.

    Thanks for any suggestions. And thank you — and your co-authors — for sharing so much with the rest of us. It’s so helpful to see what has worked for others.

    1. Joan Virginia Allen

      I use the Pedag Metatarsal pads found here https://www.correcttoes.com/shop/accessories.html. Be sure to check out the instructions for proper placement found on their website.

      Regarding the footbed, if the innersole that comes with the shoe has any padding, I remove it and replace it with the flattest, thinnest, least expensive innersole after cutting off the toe portion to allow my toes room to drop down.

      In our experience, we have found any of the foot exercises found in our book and those found in Katy’s Simple Steps to Foot Pain Relief book helpfpul.

  2. P. Lyn

    I need to do the same, and luckily have less windows! Thanks for tip re Sun.
    and being in alignment, using it as opportunity.
    xo xo

  3. Lora

    Another fun blog! I’ll enjoy washing windows a little more now that I know I’m doing an arabesque for the difficult-to-reach spots.

  4. Ruth Miille

    Can’t imagine you two “washing windows” other than the excise opportunity of constant movement. I’m sure it enhanced your beautiful views. You know you don’t have to do it all at once.

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