I just voluntarily did housework on a week night. There’s no one here urging me on, no one cracking a whip, no one nagging. I just did it.
So this weekend the incomparable Izzybella came over to give me a hand in my awful kitchen/dining area. I know I’ve talked about it before, the bright blue room with white fencing across the top with ivy and flowers tucked in. It once had birdhouses. I saw it in a magazine I used to like back when we bought our house, and thought it looked cute. I suppose the idea still does, but it’s so not my taste anymore. The birdhouses are long gone, but every time I was going to rip off the fence and ivy stuff, Joe pointed out, not unjustly, that it was comparatively low priority with everything else that needed to be done. This weekend I decided I couldn’t stand it any longer. It may have been low priority as far as getting the house together, but you know what? I feel so much better. It looks better. The room looks a lot lighter and brighter and more spacious without that stupid stuff up there. Izzy organized a couple of my cupboards, and I get to do the rest.
My usual policy is to avoid housework on week nights. Okay, it’s to avoid housework as much as possible, so you don’t have to roll your eyes, but seriously, I figure if I have to do it (and I do), I deserve to not do it in the evening after I’ve suffered through a tedious day at work. If I were smart, I suppose I’d do it in the evenings after the tedious days at work so that the weekend truly would be guilt-free. I may get to that point someday. But Mom’s coming this weekend, and I’d like her to see a clean(er) house. Not to mention that I like having it clean. Being a slob really stinks. If somebody wants to send me a can of “I love to clean” genes, I’d gladly take it.
So the dining area is well on its way to being clean. The clutter’s all out of there. The table is scrubbed and has a nice little centerpiece on it. The floor has been mopped. I need to go over the floor again, and I need to clean the walls. There is light at the end of this tunnel!