(1) is HOUSE WORKS.
Why? Let's pretend. Here's where we live....
....a clean and comfortable home, fragrant, and a joy to be in,
with space to work creatively, or relax, with inspiring artwork and music....
Nice? Oh hey. That's the dream, you wouldn't care for the reality. Trust me.I live in a big muddle. BIG. And I'm prone to major understatements.
This cannot go on. So (with a little help from blogland) this is what I'm going to do
- Analyse what (A) makes me unhappy and (B) stops me having fun.
- Make a plan to tackle (A) and have more (B)
- Share the plan and share responsibility for actioning it with the person I live with
- We live in a big muddle
- I'm ashamed, embarrassed, and depressed about this
- I have very good reasons *for letting things slide
- Living in a (constant) mess depresses
memy creative joyful and purposeful nature
- Visitors say OMG. Or how can you live like this. Or leave
- I like a clean house
- I don't like (wasting my time) cleaning
- I want to play more (and clean less)
THE WORST OFFENCES
- Not clearing up as we make a mess i.e. take a bath, cook a meal, sew a quilt, etc.
- Bringing in ten bags of shopping and stepping over it for two days until it drives me mad and I chuck it into the cupboards and fridge which is (still) stuffed with five consecutive cabbages
- Letting the clean and dirty laundry breed until it takes over every room in the house
- Being addicted to covering every available surface with stuff
- Letting the dirt dishes breed and take over the house until we resort to using the camping gear
- Bringing home more stuff and leaving it in carrier bags and boxes until there is no room and having to look in the bags and boxes before I can remember what was so important that it had to be brought home so urgently.
Rules for our tidy house
- if something comes in something goes out
- if something comes in
itfinds it a home straightaway
- bedtime routine -
tentwo minute tidy-up
- bathtime routine -
tentwo minute tidy-up
- mealtime routine - ten minute tidy-up including sweep the floors
- laundry routine - clean and dry and back in the drawer by bedtime
- the only surface to be covered in stuff is the one in use right now, i.e. when cooking
- pre-shopping routine - check and clear the food storages no more 'five consecutive cabbages' scenarios,(don't ask)
- shopping routine - put it all away before the kettle/tv/computer goes on
Phew, feeling better already;)
"I have *very good reasons *for letting things slide" see 2011 Making more of life (2)