Good morning and happy Wednesday! Amelia and I are happy to see the blue skies today after several days of grey and chill. I had a bowl of cereal today and am feeling very excited about my leftover beef short rib for lunch. Would anyone be interested in a semi-regular post about what I’ve been cooking and how it turns out? I’m never going to be a food blogger with fancy photos and unique recipes, but I try recipes from all over the internet and a pile of cookbooks, and I could point people to some really good ones.
I’ve been looking back over my list of tasks from Monday, and I think I can clean it up a little more. The daily tasks continue to be dishes and straightening the kitchen (so far so good, although I took care of some of last night’s dishes this morning because I’d meant to unload and reload the dishwasher before bed and realized that a couple of power blips Monday had meant that the load I started then didn’t actually ever finish. Whoops.), a daily load of laundry (which didn’t happen yesterday because when Neal washed his soccer referee uniforms Monday night he grabbed a whole bunch of other stuff to throw in with them and got me ahead of the laundry game), and generally clearing clutter as it’s created (which will soon become a post of its own as I think there are some kinds of messes that need some better solutions).
So as for weekly tasks, we have, with daily assignments:
Monday: Dust all those ridiculous thingamabobs.
Tuesday: Clean the litterboxes. I hate this the most so assigning it to Tuesday gives me the most time from today before I have to do it. Maybe this is too honest?
Wednesday: Sweeping and vacuuming the bedrooms/office. I’m totally going to do this today. We’ll assign clean sheets to this day too so that I’m doing all the bedroom clean up in one day. Also, Amelia woke up at three AM last night—she usually sleeps beautifully all night long but it happens—and spent the rest of the night cuddled up with me. Everything was fresh and clean when I woke up at six and switched sides with her, but I’m pretty sure her diaper leaked on my side of the bed before we both woke up for good. Yes, my chore list is self-serving. I thought we established this with the litterboxes.
Thursday: Sweeping and mopping the public rooms. I don’t really want to, but that’s the whole point of this, isn’t it?
Friday: Clean the bathroom. That way it’s always fresh before we have any weekend guests. This is actually, of all the tasks on this list, my favorite. I know, it sounds crazy, but I hate tasks that deal with clutter, and I LOVE tasks that are just simple scrubbing, and the reward for my labor is obvious and immediate. Yes, cleaning a bathroom can be icky, but that’s what makes a clean bathroom so nice and luxurious. Just trust me.
My mother-in-law pointed out that washing the windows every month is probably more than I actually need to do it, and she’s right. Especially since we don’t currently have a dog sticking his nose and feet all over the back sliding door. But I think I’m going to aim at washing a few of the windows each month. If I wash the nursery and office windows one month, the dining, laundry, and bedroom windows another, and the kitchen and living room the third, all my windows will be washed four times a year and the task will never involve that much actual work. I’m not taking responsibility for the windows in the garage. I’m pretty sure I can’t reach them from the inside right now anyway because there’s stuff stored in front of them.
So this is the list. You will notice that I have tried to be very pragmatic about the fact that I don’t like housework. Just because I’m trying to be more proactive about it doesn’t mean that’s going to change. It’s boring. And I break my fingernails a lot. But I’m no longer going to use that as an excuse not to do it, just to organize it in such a way that gets me working on it as little as possible, but doesn’t require me to play catch-up on the weekends when I’d rather go places and do stuff while my family is all together.
Coming up: identifying areas that just aren’t working for us. You know what I mean: those areas that are always a horrible mess no matter what. Those items that seem to be always littering all the surfaces because you don’t actually know where they go. We’ll locate the good, the bad, and the ugly either later this week or early next.