When I fired Gretchen the Immaculate I just knew doing my own housework would be no big deal. Afterall I had plenty of time on my hands so I can do chores around the house. I even thought about it logically (yeah, me logical) and set up a tentative plan of action for when certain chores would be done.
She’s been gone almost two weeks now. I got the upstairs and the downstairs vacuumed. I have dusted everything except the family room coffee table – and what hasn’t been dusted has been Swiffered to death. I have cleaned all 3 bathrooms every few days and wiped down every surface with Clorox wipes. The kitchen is tidy, the family room is a tad cluttered, and the table next to my comfy chair is a disgrace (but underneath the stuff the wood is nice and polished).
What I’m finding out is this cleaning house stuff is for the birds. I took it on with a good attitude and told myself I would take pride in keeping my house spotless. Oh who was I kidding? There’s 3 days worth of newspapers on the coffee table and I truly don’t care. There is a pile of books on my table and it doesn’t bother me in the least. I’m not even sure I made the bed today — although in my defense that bed has been made daily!
A friend of mine on Twitter had links to her interior design friends and I just had to hit those links. OMG those houses make mine look like a reject in the worst trailer park available. My house is never going to look that well designed or that perfectly put together and I can live with that — I live in my home; I don’t use it as a showcase. (Note to self: don’t visit those sites anymore; they only increase your dosage of Valium.)
I bought one of those Shark steam cleaners for the kitchen floor – I’ve been spot cleaning this floor since Gretchen left and the Shark is sitting in the corner still in the box. That’s the big project for Monday – take the stupid machine out, put it together and steam clean this floor! At least that’s the plan.
It’s about good intentions. I just need to attack this housecleaning thing a little at a time. I did manage to get the dining room back in order after Scriber’s Web-inspired collage challenge was finished – man that dining room table was a disaster area for a few days but it looks nice and pretty again. Just in time to mess it up with my next craft project. And just so you know I didn’t make up the collage challenge, here’s my finished project for what it’s worth:
But back to the cleaning…
I don’t know about this kitchen floor. I’m thinking moving the rug around might work for awhile to hide the dirty spots. I’ll get around to cleaning it…that chore really is on my list but I just remembered I have some other things to do on Monday…