Cleaning The Relics

Image by illustrator Charles Schridde depicting his vision of the home of the future.

Howdy y’all! After fixing my apartment’s clogged kitchen sink and dishwasher, I felt like my space needed a good cleaning to reset (plus a recent binge-session of The Home Edit on Netflix). I see my room almost as a gallery space; I hang posters and little knick-knacks on my wall that make me happy, place fake plants around my no-light apartment, and have books stacked in every open space. Your room is like your site, a perfectly crafted exhibit that exudes your personality. You get to be the curator – how exciting is that!

What’s a good clean without good songs to dance around to? With all of the beautiful greenery coming back and the sun lingering around extra long, it felt right to try and create a playlist for you to clean to. I love a good clean, and I feel like what you’re rocking to makes a huge difference. I wish any student reading all the best as we head towards finals, and the best, most enjoyable springtime for those of you who aren’t cramming. Inspired by my recent fragrance fixation, I wanted to recommend these songs like how you would see notes of a perfume.

  • All Of The Time by Jungle 
    • Smooth like a good shot of espresso covered in the most perfectly frothed oat milk. Underlying notes of soul. 
  • Mind Blowing Decisions by Heatwave
    • So good. More R&B and soul that makes you want to dance under a disco ball in some flared pants with your vacuum. 
  • Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison
    • Reminiscent of cleaning with the windows open and the smell of fresh cut flowers
  • I Feel the Earth Move by Carole King 
    • Fun and zingy. Piano-heavy. Pictured with a pair of yellow rubber cleaning gloves that reach the elbows.
  • 9 to 5 by Dolly Parton
    • I love Miss Dolly, and nothing makes me want to rearrange my whole room and clean like I never have in my life like 9 to 5 does. 
  • Don’t Go Breaking My Heart by Elton John and Kiki Dee
    • This song feels like cleaning with your loved ones. Broom microphones in hand, singing from opposite ends of the sofa.
  • Dedicated To The One I Love by The Mamas & The Papas
    • Cleaning the spice drawer, cleaning the pantry, cleaning the fridge. Organizing the food space. 
  • Waterloo by Abba
    • Hard to explain, but perfect for deep cleaning the bathroom. Pairs well with Dancing Queen and Chiquitita.
  • Kokomo
    • Hanging laundry in the warmth of the evening. Wicker baskets and sandals. Lingering scent of bug spray. (My all time favorite Beach Boys song)
  • Darlin’ darlin’ by The Knee-Hi’s
    • Washing the bed sheets. Hint of freshly cleaned linens and a newly lit candle. 

By museum maddie

assistant daytime music director @ wknc 88.1 fm hd-1 <3