- 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
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.