What I’m Doing When I’m Cleaning

What I'm doing when I'm "cleaning."

My mom is visiting for a week. Overnight house guests are rare for us, what with all of our family living across the country, and since I like to save my deep cleaning for when someone comes to stay with us, it only happens a few times a year. I am not a clean freak or a neat freak, I don’t enjoy cleaning, and I’m not bothered by a little clutter. I’m just a regular freak, and, according to the state of my office, also a messy freak. Maybe my family deserves better, but I don’t think the kids who insist on taking their shoes off in the middle of the kitchen floor every single day are entitled to dusted baseboards in their bedrooms.

You may say the kids are messy because I am, and to that I say: I don’t deserve clean baseboards, either.

So the day before my mother’s visit, the visit we’d been planning for months, I began cleaning. Sort of.

I read four blog posts.

I organized three incoming boxes of hand-me-downs and bagged five bags of outgoing hand-me-downs. All non-essential clothing that could have waited until after her visit.

I watched two episodes of Veronica Mars. I’m almost at the end of season one, so no spoilers, please. I would, however, be happy to spend some time discussing the plot points thus far, especially if it gets me out of cleaning.

I vacuumed/swept/mopped the floor. Just in the main living area, though. That’s only like 25% of the house.

I pinned approximately 593 things on Pinterest. Some of them were about cleaning, so….

I talked to my mom on the phone. I mentioned how hard I was working on cleaning, which meant the house has to look cleanish when she arrived. I’m so stupid.

Since I was gone last Thursday, I made this week’s Crock Pot Thursday recipe. It smelled really good, you guys, and tasted really good, too.

I boxed up a huge box of stuff for Goodwill. I later reboxed it, after my 5-year-old discovered the box chock full of toys she “loves so much,” but hasn’t played with in two years. It’s still in the back of the car.

I hung out with the neighbors.

I pulled 26 weeds from my flower beds. Weeds I had walked past for two weeks.

I watched a funny video 12 times.

I sent the funny video to some friends. Since we’re friends, I’ll share it with you, too. This is Not Safe For Work.

I searched for Crock Pot recipes on Pinterest. Three of the pins I wanted to make led to broken links, or to recipes for rainbow cakes.

I had a daydream about cake.

I took five minutes and cleaned the bathroom.

I read a chapter of Outlander.

The kids and I showed up to soccer an hour early, resulting in so much time on the nearby swings.

I talked to one friend and two family members on the phone. When you live far away, some days are just like that.

I did not take a nap, and if you say I did, I’ll challenge you to prove it.

Cleaning is exhausting, you guys.

[Tweet “Sometimes “cleaning” is really just watching Veronica Mars and talking on the phone.”]

10 thoughts on “What I’m Doing When I’m Cleaning

  1. I’m not a fan of cleaning either, so I intentionally caught the only relevant thing to me in your post “Outlander”. I’m an addict. Obsessed more like…

  2. Hey! That’s how I clean. Only, instead of Veronica Mars, I watch something with a sci/fi theme since the only time I get to watch ’em is when ‘he who thinks he must be obeyed’ isn’t in control of the remote.

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