Monday, February 19, 2007

Declaring War!!

Today I have been at war. Fighting the dust and clutter in my bedroom. I have resolved to declutter and clean my house and I started with my bedroom. It'll take awhile for me to get through the whole house, but I have declared war!! I sorted books and magazines. Some got tossed and a stack is waiting to be taken to the hospital to be placed in waiting rooms. I went through the dresser drawers and found a whole bag of stuff for the Goodwill. Only one room and I wonder where does all the dust come from? I'm sure you have all heard of dust mites, those awful looking creatures that live in our mattresses and eat our sloughed off skin cells. They are certainly fierce looking little critters!

This is what I found while searching for info about the dust mite:"
"The dust mite is an arachnid that reaches no more than 0.3 mm (0.01 in) in size. This tiny arthropod lives in human homes, where it feeds on the dust produced by human and animal skin. Dust mites are not harmful in themselves, but their droppings, which contain left-over digestive enzymes, are a significant cause of asthma and other allergic diseases."

Strange to think that we are sharing our beds with something that looks like that isn't it?

They say you can vacuum your mattress and it's best to have it covered in plastic, to help get rid of them. Mine is not covered. So I suspect I have oodles of these chewing on my dead skin cells at night. They also can get into your sofa and cloth covered recliners. Not a good thought, but I guess if you are not allergic then they won't hurt you any. Heck, with all the dust I have I'm sure they really feel right at home here.


Anonymous happy and blue 2 said...

I didn't know they could make you sick. I guess I'll stop breeding them in my dust proof house, ha,ha..

8:27 PM  
Blogger PEA said... I am getting ready to go to bed and now you're telling me there are bugs on it that will be eating my dead skin!! LOL If I have nightmares I'm gonna blame you!! hehe Decluttering sure is a big job but it feels so good once it's done! Hugs xoxo

8:37 PM  
Blogger zzop357 said...

I'm glad to know i'll have bed partners tonight!!Not!!!I put plastic
covers on my bed years ago.I am alergic to those little critters...and dogs,cats,birds,and of all things....grass.I have 2 cats,1 dog,3 birds,and the whole US&A has GRASS.So I take shots every week.So I can breath...
I really do need to de-clutter and make the little dust-bugs move..Do you think the humane nuts will sue me?LOL
Thanks for the b-day wishes...

9:32 PM  
Blogger Diane J. said...

I see my sister Donna was here before me...LOL ;D

Talking about cleaning and decluttering...Now you done started meddlin', girl! You might not believe how much of that I need to be doing.

Good luck with yours, though, and I hope you have a great week. :-)

11:34 PM  
Blogger OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Oh more horrible thing to worry about! UGH! They certainly are terrifying looking creatures, aren't they? Well, I should do exactly what you are doing but...And this is a BIG but, I don't have any place to put a lott of things I Do Not Want to throw out or give away....
It exhasts me to think about it! (lol)...Well, I think I'll get into my mite-ridden bed and bring them their late night meal! LOL!

1:43 AM  
Blogger Miki said...

I wish I could get that motivated! I have a bag of clothes for good will sitting by the front door, collecting dust! We just got a new mattress, so I don't think that we have too many of the critters, yet! Make sure that you(yes, I am paranoid) balck out or take off your name and address from the magazines before you deposit them in the waiting rooms, the identity theives only need that to start up.
Happy warring on the dust bunnies!

3:02 AM  
Blogger Raggedy said...

WTG on your war! I am sure you will win.
I don't think we have them. If we do we don't have enough of them because we have a lot of dust. I think you find them in the dust free houses where they are doing there job. From the picture I am glad we can't see them. Ishhhh.

Have a wonderful day!
(=':'=) hugs
(")_ (")Š from
the Cool Raggedy one

10:23 AM  
Blogger Kentucky Gal said...

YIKES...Maybe I should comense to dustin!!!

11:02 AM  
Blogger Jim said...

Hi Rachel -- I'm glad you like horses (I knew that already), Thanks.
Adi chases away all our dust mites!
I don't see how you can get rid of all the clutter in one room in one sitting!
I have spent days and months and years and can't hardly tell the difference in four rooms (well, you can in one room but a lot of it went into the other three - office, garage, breakfast area).

11:38 AM  
Blogger Abandoned in Pasadena said...

Jimmy & I spent several days decluttering after New Years Day and I couldn't believe all the stuff we had to throw away and take to good will too.

I try not to think of those ugly little dust mites but they are something that we all have to live with. I'm one of those people that if you mention something like those dust mites in my bed, I'll start itching just as soon as I crawl into bed. Even with those plastic mattress covers I think that some of the mites are still snacking on your dead skin cells. Just not as many.

3:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just picked up a pile of magazines I was collecting for a friend and thought wow look at all this dust. I think the heater makes it more appearant.

4:04 PM  
Blogger Ralph's Homespun Headlines said...

Come On Rachel!! First it was the lipoma now dust mites!

4:09 PM  
Blogger Susie said...

Ewwww! Those look beyond disgusting!
I don't want to share my bed with anyone but my husband. bugs be gone!!!

5:08 PM  
Anonymous GeL said...

I first saw the magnified photo of "el Dust Mite" in my allergist's office when I was a young teen.

Great war tactics. It's the same way I've been tackling our home for awhile.(I better not say how exactly how many months.)It feels GREAT, doesn't it, as sections are cleaned out and organized? I am feeling like I'm regaining parts of my life. Many moons ago, even when our kids were young, our home didn't look like this type of tornado.

6:46 PM  
Blogger Gattina said...

I think you just should put a little bomb and blow them up, just as people are during in war, lol ! Anyway I really prefer my cats in my bed !

7:03 PM  
Blogger Cliff Morrow said...

I ask you, "Was this necessary?" I am about to lie down and stare at the ceiling for two hours and think about those little bugs of yours. Yes Rachel, I will be thinking of you. Glad you solved the flower mystery.

8:39 PM  
Blogger Britmum said...

Well thanks Racael I will sure sleep well tonight. Cheers!!! LOL

Take care xx

9:02 PM  
Blogger uncommonly u said...

eeewwww. they look gross & scary. now i really have to clean my room

12:08 AM  
Blogger Peter said...

Better add my thanks for TMI on dust mites Rachel, perhaps you can manage to keep this sort of stuff to yourself in future?

6:12 AM  
Blogger Sonia said...

Wow, it's very scary! I saw a TV documentary about dust mite (in Portuguese ácaros)and they are very disgusting!

6:21 AM  
Blogger Hick said...

I've been having trouble sleeping I'll never go to sleep.


7:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know, they make that special Febreze stuff that's supposed to kill dust mites, and smell good. I think I'll pick some up now.

I love your flowers! What a sweet friend! Looks like Spring is finally coming to us in the Bluegrass.

5:09 AM  

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