Have you ever had one of those days when you look around the house and realize that, for whatever reason, things are not as they should be? Or perhaps that’s the situation every morning? That was the case for me when I started working on this post earlier in the week. Last week was busy and so was the weekend. Somehow Monday got away from me, too, although right now I can’t recall why. (*Now I do. I had a funeral to attend.) I do remember that David had a meeting which ran late that night so we didn’t eat dinner until about 8:30. We watched the Olympics and I worked on the kitchen during commercials. I rarely go to bed without leaving the kitchen clean but I still hadn’t finished it by the time the Olympics were over. Ordinarily I would have stayed up until I had it done but I got a better offer. Never turn down a better offer in order to do dishes. That’s my tip for young wives. Or older ones, for that matter.
So this is what I faced Tuesday morning:
So where do you start? Here’s my general plan of attack:
- Shower and dress in something comfortable but not embarrassing if someone drops in unannounced. I don’t usually do full makeup before cleaning house but I do moisturize my face, put on some lip gloss and use an eyeliner pencil along my lower lashes. Just enough that I don’t scare myself while polishing the mirrors.
- Turn on some music. To this day my kids say that the sound of James Taylor’s voice instantly brings back memories of Saturday morning cleaning sessions back when I worked and they were in grade school. That was my usual cleaning music back then. These days, with an iPod and Spotify I have many options. Some of my usual choices include Bob Marley, The Grateful Dead, or my current playlist of the month. And there are times when only Nine Inch Nails or Black Sabbath will do.
- Pour myself a glass of water to sip on throughout the cleaning.
- Make a plan.
- Throw away any trash.
- Put away clean dishes from dishwasher/drainer.
- Put dishes in dishwasher.
- Wash remaining items that require hand-washing.
- Wipe down counters, stove-top, other surfaces.
- Scrub sink.
- Sweep floor.