by Susan McCarthy
It’s Saturday evening and I’m staring at the spatters on the stove; the crumbs on the kitchen counter; and the trail of footprints leading from the front door, through the kitchen, and into the living room. It’s not a huge mess but I’m feeling rather grumbly about it because I’d just spent three hours cleaning the house that morning. And I don’t have kids.
With an odd, self-defeating attitude, I decided that since I cleaned just seven hours ago, I wasn’t going to clean the mess. And I didn’t do it the next day because I’d just cleaned the day before. Monday, I wiped the counter and the stovetop (but I didn’t use the special cleaner for glass stovetops, so the result was a bit dull and streaky).
This is a bad habit of mine. I’ll exhaust myself during my weekly whirlwind of cleaning and then resent that the dust and dirt comes back too quickly. Too often I’ll spend a few days thinking, “But I just cleaned!” until I hit a tipping point when the thought becomes, “I’ll just clean that in a few days; it’s almost Saturday.”
Allow me to add that my house isn’t a disaster – I don’t have dust bunnies nibbling my ankles. My husband once asked me why I clean so often if the house is already clean. (Reread that sentence and join me as I roll my eyes. Yes, dear, cleaning is what keeps the house clean.)
No one else seems to notice the crumbs on the countertop (ah hem, husband who dropped them) or the black flecks in the bathroom sink (oh, that would be my mess from removing my mascara). I don’t want to suggest that Mac doesn’t help around the house. When he makes his sauces or marinades, he cleans up the kitchen afterwards. He vacuums. He does his own laundry.
It’s the day-to-day stuff that doesn’t exactly happen day-to-day.
Hi, I’m Susan.
And I’m here to help you clear the things cluttering your life so you can do and have more of what’s important to you.