Tuesday, 09 February 2010
Post from MamaTRUE
When I can’t control the havoc inside my head, it’s time to pick up the house.
If anyone had told me before I had a child that laundry took nine steps, I would have laughed. But it’s true.
- Put dirty clothes in basket
- Take basket to laundry room
- Run load of wash
- Transfer to dryer and dry clothes
- Put clothes in basket
- Take clean basket of clothes to bedroom
- Sort into piles for each family member
- Fold and hang up clothes
- Put clothes in closet or bureau
And you know what? It is nearly impossible for me to get all nine steps done in one day. Often, it doesn’t get done in one week. The ridiculous thing is that each action takes very little time. It’s just doing so many in a row that causes me trouble.
Really, cleaning has never been my thing, but I appreciate having a space that’s picked up. Also, there’s no way I’m going to manage to teach my son to pick up after himself if I can’t clean up my own stuff. I feel like a total hypocrite telling him he can’t take out the puzzle until he’s put away the blocks when I’ve got piles of my own books, crochet projects, and other detritus stacked everywhere. So today, besides taking the dirty laundry off the floor and actually getting it to the hamper, I put the sorted laundry away. Then put the dirty dishes in the dishwasher. Then recycled all but a small pile of the mail. All the toys went in their baskets, the shoes into the hall closet. There was more.
Things haven’t been so great around here lately and the house was a disaster. Today the emotional chaos motivated me to clear the clutter. I couldn’t fix my life, but I could clean it up a little. From room to room, I sorted, put away, and cleared. The house looks much better and I feel emotionally cleaner too.
How does the state of your house affect your mood? Does cleaning help you feel better? Has your attitude toward having a clean house (or your need for it) changed since having children?