Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Cleaning House

Okay, well one resolution is already shot to hell, blogging every day. There's just not that much to blog about unless you want to hear about how many hours I spent on the internet or what stupid TV show we watched last night, so, okay, we're done with that one.

And the apple a day, I just didn't feel like eating one today.

And the walk every day. I didn't want to do that today either.

What I wanted to do was do some house cleaning, but not much of that got done, either. I don't really get why it's so hard to keep such a tiny house (999 square feet) with only two people (and six cats) living in it clean, but it is. It's not so much the dirt that bothers me, I'm the type that if it's swept under the rug (so to speak) it's out of sight, out of mind. It's more the dirty dishes in the sink that are there because the dishwasher is full of clean dishes, or the jackets and shoes left in the living room, or the magazines and papers and mail that we need but don't feel like filing away or even reading at the moment, it's the daily clutter that bothers me the most. I like a tidy house, but the effort to get it to stay tidy is just too much these days. If I had a big enough junk drawer, I could just stuff everything in there. Out of sight, out of mind.

I did empty the dishwasher and put the new dirty dishes in and wiped off the counters and stacked all the odds and ends of mail and magazines in one pile, so it looks a little better, now. The living room doesn't get that bad if you overlook the myriad of cat toys strewn about. Six cats is very similar to six toddlers with short attention spans. Play with a toy for a few minutes, carry it around for a little while, and then just drop it and let it lay wherever it falls. Or, bat them under the stove or sofa never to be seen again, or hide them in one of the many pairs of shoes by the front door where we take them off in an effort to keep the carpet somewhat clean. Or, do like Mimi, and just drop them in your food bowl to save for later.

But, I did get a lot of soldering, necklace putting together, and picture taking done today so I can work on my shops some more. So, it wasn't a total loss.


DancingMooney ♥ said...

Last year when Kevin and I decided to buy a house (because our rental lady was kicking us out, long story) we had to downsize to buy what we could afford.

So, here we are living in an 800sq ft house, where we were renting a 1600 sq ft house prior. It's been an adjustment, and I'm finally starting to feel normal here.

Taking down the xmas tree made the living room feel bigger and brighter, so that was a nice treat...

but the point is... less is more.

If you don't feel like cleaning then don't. But i've learned since living here that if you can clear away as much clutter and stuff as possible, you'll start to find that the house is much easier to keep clean.

Get an organizer bin or something so shoes go in the shoe bin, and coats go on the coat rack (you can still just throw them up there, but they are in their place, ya know?) A bin for junk mail to be recycled or shredded or both? A place for everything, and everything it's place. That's my best advice. I hate house cleaning too, but I'm teaching myself to have less, and it's honestly paying off in so many ways.

Jim and Heather on Meerkat said...

Yep, less is more works - especially living on a boat.
Hey - my neighbor from G dock, Randy said he is having you make a necklace for his girlfriend - cool!
That will make it 2 sales from my blog :)
I'm trying!!!!