Wednesday, July 28, 2010

I Have Let My House Go By The Wayside

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I'm ashamed to even say how bad I've let things go around the house. Oh, things are picked up and put away, it's not that. I don't really have any big piles of stuff or messes laying around and our beds are always made. I'm talking about the "spring cleaning" type of stuff that I haven't done for about two springs now. The windows all need to be cleaned. All the furniture needs to be moved and the dust-bunnies cleared out from behind, the walls and baseboards ALL need to be wiped down and could use fresh coats of paint (although painting is my husband's department so that will have to wait), the ceiling fans are dusty....I could go on, but, you get the idea. It is a huge source of stress for me, knowing all this cleaning I need to do. But, I just keep putting it off. I always seem to find excuses. Last year, my dad was sick, so I told myself I was too busy helping him out and going to doctor appointments. This summer, with the kids out of school, I told myself I just couldn't get anything accomplished while they were running in and out of the house all day. I did at least clean out our closets this summer. I thought, just maybe, we would win the lottery and I could hire a housekeeper, LOL! Well, it looks like that's not going to happen and no secret-cleaning-fairy is going to come tidy up while we are sleeping. So, I must resign myself to taking care of it once and for all. When the kids start back to school, I'm going to go all Monica Gellar and get down to business. I want to try and tackle one room or area per day and I'm giving myself the entire month of August to get everything done (hey, I work at a slow pace and need lots of blogging breaks). Wish me luck!

What about you? Do you loathe spring cleaning as much as I do? How do you get motivated?


Daniela said...

I hear ya sister, but I don't do spring cleaning..I do fall cleaning. I seem to want to nest in the fall..probably because I know we'll be staying in the house alot during the cold winter months. Good luck with the cleaning..when you'e done, wanna come start mine?

Dixiechick said...

I too am in the same boat...I work full time, only have 2 kids at home, but every non working moment is spent on the go, with the kids or hubby, or at the gym. Maybe it is age, but I find I don't do as much now as I did when I was younger, with very teeny little ones at I would give anything for a "housekeeping fairy" to come in and clean up all the little things like you mentioned, that just can not be done in timely manner.