Friday, March 02, 2007


I've been wondering lately what women decades ago did to procrastinate from housework. Or were they all June Cleaver-type mothers and wives who did all the work first and then sat down to a nice book, their quilting, or their knitting? There are so many things these days that divert my attention from keeping my house clean that I wonder if those women ever had days where they just didn't want to do it. If I were to do everything I should be doing, I wouldn't have any time left to keep my faithful blog readers updated on my life, or to read my next book club book. But I would be happy with a clean house. And probably, if it were mostly clean in the first place, I wouldn't have such a hard time keeping it that way.

Now, please don't mistake our house for a slob-fest. Since we do have people over occasionally, the main part of our house is usually pretty clean. It is hard for me to keep the counters in the kitchen cleared, though, and especially now since I am home all day and eating or feeding my baby. This, I predict, will only get worse as he starts eating solids. However, the upstairs of our house, mainly the office is the hardest to keep clean, since it is where all of the papers-to-deal-with-later are shoved.

My husband, bless his heart, has been going through room-by-room cleaning and getting rid of things. So far, our bedroom is clean and the master bathroom is (mostly) done. Our closet was next on the list, but since he has been getting busier with work, it has been on hold. Over the last week or two he has been working on the office by reconciling our bank accounts and tossing some papers or putting them into a To-File pile, which I am going to get to one of these days. It will feel SO GOOD when we get through everything and have a more organized home!

It seems difficult to do the extra things when the laundry and dishes always need to be done. Besides the fact that I want to get out and exercise now and then, or visit with friends, or hop in the shower when my baby is napping! How in the world did those ladies of old do it when they had to wash dishes and laundry by hand!?!!


Lynette said...

sounds a lot like our house... i just spent about 4 hours the other day sorting through piles and boxes of papers (paid bills, bank statements, etc) that had been accumulating for over a year!

But it does feel good to get it done!

jessicanatebecker said...

And did she really have her hair all done, skirt on, make-up ready and everything perfect the minute he walks in the door? I mean, that is silly! She's got the lipstick going and everything.

You know, my grandma always says, "A little bit each day." I like that policy.

I've enjoyed your blog and thank you for procrastinating a bit to keep us updated!

Love you!