My one-year-old is obsessed with mops, brooms and sweepers. I initially put this down to a love of pushing things around the floor. Then one morning I walked down the hallway to find this….
I then realised what was actually going on – he’s a VIRGO!!!
Like 90 per cent of the Virgos I know, my September-born son has a compulsion, urge and desire to clean, mop, sweep and tidy anything he comes across.
I suppose I should be grateful at least one of my children is going to be a tidy. Things aren’t looking so great for the other two and because they don’t have that Virgo instinct it seems normal for them to leave clothes, toys and towels on the floor.
No.3 however loves picking things up, putting things in baskets and putting towels on his head (well maybe that’s a stretch).
My gorgeous mumma is a Virgo and I’m sure she’s slightly disheartened that none of her three children are particularly meticulous about having ‘a place for everything and everything in its place’.
Come to think of it, I wonder if No.3’s grizzles and screams of frustration are actually because he can’t stand the pigsty he is being brought up in!
Hence he searches any open door for the tools of his trade to tidy up the hellhole that he has to call home.
Perhaps I should be harnessing his Virgo urges, buying toddler-size cleaning utilities and giving him a dust cloth to play with.
Even better an old toothbrush so he can give the tiles a good scrub – I bet he’d be in his element.
His tendencies could also come in handy as he grows, hopefully he’ll get sick of my outside windows looking dirty and clean them. And if I leave a trail of clothes around the house he might get fed up and just do the washing himself.
A bit like Dexter’s dad (for those of you who are familiar with this TV series) we’ve decided that until No.3 is old enough to harness and control his cleaning urges, we’ll just have to make adjustments.
The Husband has lowered the pole in my sweeper and I’ve left my dustpan and brush accessible at all times.
We’ve even bought him a small outside broom so he can keep the alfresco area tidy.
I truly am not making fun of the beloved Virgo, they are loyal, hardworking and honest, and I admire their traits.
But I know that when they walk in to my house they get extremely anxious, nervous and have to take deep breaths in order to stop their urge to pick up, clean and dust!!!
However, there is no need feel like this, hell I’ll even get the vacuum cleaner and mop out for them.
After all, I’d hate for them to feel uncomfortable in my home 🙂