Second Alternate post title: TBA after Husband reads this
I don't think the words, "She is such a neat freak!" have ever been uttered about me. I don't feel bad using clean dishes straight out of the dishwasher. I've had some of the same bottles of cleaning supplies since we bought our home almost 3 years ago (That sounds a little disgusting. It's like, Windex and stuff. Plus, our house is small and we only have one bathroom. Don't judge.) I am more likely to pick up visible crumbs off the floor than to sweep every single day. (Listen. If you're going to get that look on your face, you may as well stop reading now.) I have winter clothes under my bed and un-framed pictures under my dresser. Generally, I only empty the crumb tray from the toaster oven about an hour before my in-laws arrive. You've probably got the idea by now, unless you stopped reading after you pictured my kitchen floor.
Sometimes, I make excuses- "It's more important to spend time with my family" or "I don't have time" or "I just have so many other things to do". But, in reality, it just simply doesn't bother me all that much to see messes. I get all skin-crawley when I see someone type 'your' instead of 'you're', but I can look at a pile of mail on the counter for several days before it starts to bug me. It does, however, bother me that our 5 y.o. seems to have inherited my freaky-not-neat-freakiness.
My new list was a Rollover. I decided to write down what I wanted to accomplish each day, but actually give myself a week to cross off each item. Whatever I hadn't done Monday simply rolled over to Tuesday, and so on. Turns out, Rollover Lists are better in theory than in practice. I kept adding "dishes" and "laundry" just so I would have something to cross off, and by Sunday, I still hadn't cleaned the playroom closet.
At last, it was time to get the Christmas decorations out of the playroom closet. Husband cheerfully helped me clean and organize the space, and we decided to have a yard sale with the piles of evicted closet items. I was certain that once we got rid of all the
junk valuable, unneeded items, I would be able to keep the whole house neat and tidy. Here's something you should know: Yard sale customers don't want all your castoffs, or even most of them. In this case, they only wanted $78 worth of stuff, and $2 worth of giant, homemade Snickerdoodles.
For my fourth attempt, I turned to the Almighty, All-Powerful *insert drumroll* Google. The calendar is quite handy. Color coding, one-click repeat items, and the beauty of seeing everything I was going to do in one pretty spot was really, stinkin' encouraging. Every Sunday, at noon, I will change the sheets. Every Monday and Thursday, at 10 a.m., I will clean the floors. The calendar is also linked to my phone, so I don't even have to turn on the computer to see what I need to do.
You may have guessed, by now, that this plan has also been unsuccessful (so far). But I'm not giving up! I will stick with my new plan: Just Do It. I've ultimately realized that, as much as I hate to admit it, my problem is really just laziness. I have plenty of time to clean. I can involve my family, in order to teach better habits to the 5 y.o. and impress Husband. And, when my "so many other things to do" don't get in the way of my facebook
stalking interacting, I have to own up to the fact that I'm just being slothful.
Today's advice-just do it. Now, I will turn off the computer, get up from the couch, and go clean off, out, and under my dresser. For real. I'm going. Right now.
Care to admit any of YOUR faults? All the judgy people stopped reading a way long time ago.