Friday, May 27, 2011

Friday Homebody Edition

Nothing makes me happier than knowing that I have a whole day at home with my munchkins.  It seems we are always running here and there for something, and at heart I am a homebody.

Folding laundry while Corbin is slaying dragons and Hayden is learning the fine art of cooking is my idea of perfection.  Seriously, you must hit up the dollar aisle at Target.  Last year I got the boys foam swords and warrior hats -  best $4 I ever spent.  Hayden (although he doesn't know it) is mastering the rolling pin and rolling out dough while he makes his playdough "cookies".

And catching up on laundry when you're down to your last kitchen hand towel, is well, glorious.  Yay for clean clothes and towels!

Today there are no errands to run, no appts or meetings, no shopping needs (ok well we do need milk, but I'll let hubby take care of that) - just cleaning and organizing and enjoying being home.

I've come to a good place this week as far as home stuff goes.  My secret - laptop is IN the kitchen.  No more using my office computer tucked away in the back of the house.  Somehow just being in my kitchen makes me want to clean things, HA!  So kitchen is clean, and like a virus this "cleanliness" is spreading to the rest of the house.

I've read a lot of different approaches to house cleaning.  Some say start in the kitchen, some say catch up on laundry, but honestly, I think just catching up or accomplishing ANYTHING is the really key.  I've tried both approaches, and they both worked.  Just the accomplishment and satisfaction of having one clean or caught up area motivated me to do the rest.  So at present my kitchen is clean (by my standards you martha stewart nazis) and the laundry is catching up as I type.  The dining room table is clear - minus Mr. Playdough's current adventure; and the living room is picked up (except the couch pillows...those are perpetually thrown on the floor in what I can only assume is a neatness defiance in my kidlets).

So at this moment I can revel in my housekeeping abilities, knowing that at any next moment chaos will strike and I'll be back to square one, but RIGHT NOW it's clean over here and I'm loving it.


Robyn said...

Sounds a lot like our day! After a week of busyness, errands, appointments and insanity, I was thrilled to realize that I don't have to go anywhere today. And I've been super-focused on cleaning up the house this week, so the kitchen is nearly spotless and clutter-free, as is the dining room. The living room is in good shape except for the scattering of Evan and Nathan's toys and the ironing board that needs to be put away since I FINALLY did the ironing (my biggest weakness, I think). I'm halfway caught up on laundry, and at least what's clean is folded if not actually put away. Tomorrow's birthday cake is in the oven. One of the bathrooms is clean. Evan is playing with his cars, and Nathan is napping. Life is good!

AMH said...

I have to agree with you that the computer in the kitchen helps me get started. :) Ever since Jeremy bought me my netbook with a dock for the kitchen, I have been more apt to clean it! ha ha! I just throw on a tv show and get to work and it distracts me enough that I get everything done quicker.

And just like you, when one thing gets cleaned it spurs more cleaning. Not deep cleaning, but picking up, doing laundry, etc. it's like the domino effect with motivation. I know that if I just start the day off right by doing dishes or something like that then I am more likely to stay on track for the rest of the day. Which makes for a less grumpy momma in the long run. :)