Monday, February 18, 2008

Five Minutes, While I Rest

I'm taking a few minutes of break here from my schedule.

Today's list:

  • dishes
  • bag salad in individual servings
  • check fridge for leftovers to dispose of
  • clean living room
  • clean Darcy's room
  • hard boil eggs
  • fold Darcy's laundry and put away
  • do last load of laundry
  • fold that load and put away
  • check restaurants near the B&B
  • bag trash
  • wipe kitchen counters
  • check out new workout DVD
  • workout
  • shower
Busy day, and this list isn't half as long as some of the others I've made recently. One of the things I've noticed since starting Weight Watchers is this odd mirroring of my diet practices and my housecleaning.

Don't get me wrong, I still loathe housekeeping. And I'm not finding the old adage to be true: If you clean a little every day, it takes less long than cleaning a LOT once in a while. Not really, no. Instead of goofing off for 5 hours or so while Thomas is at work, playing warcraft and mucking about online with friends, I'm spending those hours cleaning the house. So, 20 hours a week cleaning, instead of maybe 3 hours during the week and an intense 2 hours on Friday afternoon before some friends were due over.

No matter how many dishes I do, there are always more dishes to do. The constantly rising cost of doing our laundry (now $1.50 a washer and $1.25 a dryer load) means a roll of quarters is doing 3 loads of laundry rather than the five it was doing when we moved in... which means I never quite get all the laundry done in a given week. And previously, I was saving time folding and putting away by never bothering, and just grabbing clean clothes out of the laundry basket. (There were times in my life where the idea of tossing out my dresser seemed like a good plan, since there were never clothes in there.) It is taking less time to put the living room and Darcy's room in order, but I can't decide if that's because there's less junk on the floor, or because I have a little more energy to do it, so I don't have to clean 1/4 of the floor, then stop and rest (and check email, and Warcraft sales and.... procrastinate getting back to cleaning)

And yet, there's something satisfying about having a clean living room. I'm not entirely sure what it is... I've never had one for any length of time before.


Lidian said...

I hate cleaning too! And laundry. And it never stays looking clean ever, really. Mostly I just try to make sure it is clean enough, the minimum - and encourage everyone to help out a little! :)

Anonymous said...

Wow, you're being super-productive! I'm impressed, and jealous. :-) Wanna do my house next?

I share your feelings about's my least favorite thing and never seems to be "done". But it's great that you're getting more done than you used to!


Grumpy Chair said...

As a SAHM, I am always picking up, doing laundry - never ending laundry! Cooking, sweeping and I never have the time to do what I want.

I tried flylady last year, but couldn't make it work for me.

Cammy@TippyToeDiet said...

I just finished reading Peter Walsh's Does This Clutter Make My Butt Look Fat and he makes a direct (and interesting) correlation between clutter in the home and clutter that gets in the way of the pursuit of a healthy lifestyle. Definitely something there...

Brightcetera said...

I'm just starting to read the Peter Walsh book too...but it's adding to the clutter :)
I HATE HOUSEWORK! I live alone and everyone assumes that there'd be no messes -- well not if you LIKE housework. I'm distracted by so many things that I'd rather be doing. But...when my house has been almost clutter free in the past, I have felt the energy of free space. I didn't feel like I had AADD like I do now. I'm overstimulated by all the clutter and I can't concentrate well at all. When the house was clean I swear it let out a big AHHHHHH.