Monday, April 6, 2009

Day 7- A lasting improvement?

My home's transformation in the last week can't be described as anything but miraculous. The downside is that I have a long history of cleaning ups and downs. In 2008 I made a New Year's resolution that I would hand wash my dishes as they got dirty. From January 2008 to June 2008 I rarely used my dishwasher and hand washed everything. My counters stayed cleaner, and I had more free time. In June Mr. Wright left during the week for a new job. I was home alone with 3 kids under 5 all week and we rarely ate anything requiring more than one pot, if any. I started a horrible system of slacking all week, then freaking out when Friday rolled around. The house had 5 days worth of work to do and he was expected home. Not to mention I had to fit shaving my legs into all of that! He worked away all week from June through September so I had plenty of time to adjust to my new lazy lifestyle.

The point of this long, boring story is that you'd think after 5 months of keeping up with the dishes I would be "cured", but I still found a way to mess it up. As thrilled as I am that I know what color my carpet is (which isn't the color it is supposed to be :-X ) I am having issues with letting it all slip away. Once my counters are clear I just about break out in hives if someone leaves a bowl or paper out. Why can't I just be normal!?

As for my progress:
Today I cleaned my bedroom and removed 11 nasty cans of soda, one fountain soda, a billion dryer sheets, game pieces, some random bra straps that lost their cups, and an expired peanut oat bar. I really wanted to eat the peanut oat bar... maybe I should save that for the dirty little secrets post. I also cleaned my bathroom so I'll only have to lie about the upstairs bathroom being under repair. I wish I could call it the 'master' bathroom, but since it isn't attached to my room and the fact that I've 'mastered' not cleaning it, I'll just stick with the 'downstairs' label. I wonder if I can use 'quotes' anymore in this post...

The laundry is really falling behind and I haven't washed diapers in days, so that should be fun when I finally get around to doing it. The financial and environmental benefits of cloth diapering get reeeeeaaaaalllllly blurry around day 4. Nasty :-X I do have a few loads going right now, but only because Mr. Whinypants was running out of things to wear to work. Luckily I work in pajama pants so I don't have that problem.

5 Thoughts From Others:

Tecia Kirven said...

You are doing a great Job, I work from home and never have company over and I know how easy bad habits can form.

Amber said...

Oh my gosh, you are seriously so funny. You have me cracking up every post.

I understand the bad habits too! I have cleaning ups & downs.

I have EVERYTHING ups & downs. Seriously, some days, especially lately, I have felt like giving up blogging, b/c I feel like I seem like a nutcase & an emotional roller coaster.

Anyway, I think you are doing GREAT. I cannot believe you do the cloth diaper thing. PA--ROPS to you {That was props, in case you were wondering. Just in the wierd way I say everything when I'm being dramatic}.

And props for hand washing! I just try to put things into the dishwasher straight away, some days I get really lazy and just let it all pile up.

I'm a mess. :)

Tracy said...

Dude, you drink ALOT in the bathroom!! :P I love your blog!

Mrs. Wright said...

The soda was from my bedroom, not my bathroom, lol! I may live a nasty life, but I try to limit my food consumption in the bathroom! ;)

Kristin said...

I can completely relate - It can be so hard to stay on top of things! Sometimes I have 15 minute cleaning races with myself. I set the timer for 15 min and buzz around the house doing as much as I can - it is amazing how much can get done! 2 or 3 of those a day, and the house stays pretty manageable... that is, if I actually do it!

p.s. Thanks for stopping by Grace Violet!

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