Thursday, June 16, 2016

Cleaning Day is like Ground Hog Day*


 *The movie. Not, actually, you know, February 2nd.

It really is, isn't it?

There aren't any "before" photos in this post. I didn't take them. I am actually getting pretty tired of showing pictures of my messy, dirty house. It didn't used to bother me, but I've realised a couple of things since I started blogging my "before and after" cleaning frenzies, as Melissa calls them. (Not an affiliate link.)




1) Everyone has messy rooms. I didn't used to know that. How could I know that? But I joined a decluttering facebook group where, once in a while, people will post a challenge to clean the house, 20 minutes on, 10 minutes off, and away they go. On breaks, each lists what they got done in their 20 minutes. It is incredibly motivating. But I realised I am not the only one with a messy house. Who knew?

2) If they are depressing for me, they might be for you too. I don't know. Pictures of shiny, sparkly homes can be off-putting. All the afters with never a "before"  can feel intimidating and discouraging or worse, fake, and artificial. I don't want that either! Can the "afters" uplift and motivate all by themselves? You tell me.



I want this little corner of the blogosphere to be all about creating a home that delights and inspires. Yours and mine.

I didn't know if I'd even blog about my day spent cleaning. I'm not sure what belongs on the blog, quite, anymore.

I do know I want this blog to encourage all of us to live in the best homes we can, whatever our circumstances and limitations. 

And a clean home, ahem, a clean kitchen is delightful. And inspiring.

I left those bowls for my daughter to do as she promised she would after a bout of baking last night.


So, there might be more than a little light housekeeping around here soon, for sure. Maybe even a deep clean.

But, never fear, I will still be the same, doing the same things. Or sort of the same things. We'll see.



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5 comments :

Janina Laird said...

Oh, there definitely needs to be cleaning done around here! I've been back to work for 2 weeks of half days and just now, have finished my first week of full days.

I've arrived home hot, tired, and plain ol' beat! No air-conditioning in schools and feet that are still in need of anothet major reconstruction (according to foot surgeon).

So maybe that's why I come home and flop down on the couch going "ouch, ouch, ouch!" and watch as the dog fur clumps on the carpets grow deeper and deeper. I'm too embarrassed to even have anyone over for a visit. But tonight, I intend to rest and head to bed early and get up all refreshed in the morning to do some cleaning. HeeHee. I just hope my vacuum is up to the task.

BTW, your kitchen looks very tidy to me. So, either it's very tidy or you just managed to angle the camera just right!

I do need to do some decluttering this summer. Sounds like a fun time to me. 😣

Janina Laird said...

Oh, there definitely needs to be cleaning done around here! I've been back to work for 2 weeks of half days and just now, have finished my first week of full days.

I've arrived home hot, tired, and plain ol' beat! No air-conditioning in schools and feet that are still in need of anothet major reconstruction (according to foot surgeon).

So maybe that's why I come home and flop down on the couch going "ouch, ouch, ouch!" and watch as the dog fur clumps on the carpets grow deeper and deeper. I'm too embarrassed to even have anyone over for a visit. But tonight, I intend to rest and head to bed early and get up all refreshed in the morning to do some cleaning. HeeHee. I just hope my vacuum is up to the task.

BTW, your kitchen looks very tidy to me. So, either it's very tidy or you just managed to angle the camera just right!

I do need to do some decluttering this summer. Sounds like a fun time to me. 😣

Alana in Canada said...

Oh Janina, so good to hear from you.I was wondering how you've been doing with those feet of yours. I'm sorry to hear you have to go through more surgery. Good luck to you tomorrow. Take it slow.

min hus said...

Yes, just before shots totally work for me. But I *am* a bit of a neat freak. Your kitchen looks fantastic. Love the stencil plus dark bottoms combo! And I'm living vicariously through your clean pics because my house is currently a bit of a disaster thanks for a bathroom reno that's in-progress and the kitchen is ground zero for supplies. Ugh.

Anonymous said...

Learning to accept that you can't live in a museum nor would you want to is a big thing! My house goes through the clean cycle and now its on the dirty cycle as I am preparing decorations for my daughter's wedding. Some things just don't seem as important as a result.

Thank you for your transparency, it's a nice thing to see!
Gina in Chattanooga, TN

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