Thursday, February 18, 2010
Flight of the Bee
Well, I'm glad to see I'm not the only person who cleans her shower less than once a week! (By the way, my sister recommended Scrubbing Bubbles + Magic Eraser for easy shower cleaning and it did a terrific job!)
My cleaning habits lately have somewhat taken a nosedive. Okay, maybe not a nosedive, but a serious drop in altitude. Last week I spent one whole day getting the house in order--clothes washed, kitchen scrubbed, bathrooms cleaned, floors mopped, carpets vacuumed, sheets changed, etc. By the end of the day I was pooped.
And by the end of the next day, it looked the same. Sticky spots in the floor...all over the floor. Laundry back in the baskets (where did it come from?!), crumbs tracked everywhere, etc. I sat down and lamented the loss of my clean house.
As I was lamenting, I thought about the saying which used to be on the side of my blog which said,"Settle down cobwebs, dust go to sleep, I'm rocking my baby, and babies don't keep." So cheesy. So true. But, I'm trying not to sweat the little things. It's crazy to try to make my house look like a toddler doesn't live here!
HOWEVER, I cannot get rid of that urge that my mother buried deep within me to clean like mad when someone announces he/she is coming to my house in a few moments. You know that call...
"Hey, Audra! It's grandma! I was just in town and wanted to see if I could drop by?"
"Oh sure!" (Oh shiesh! I need to pick up the living room. At least it's just grandma.)
"Okay. Well, I've got your two great aunts with me and they want to see Drew too. So we'll be there in about 10-15 minutes!"
"Okay! Super!" (Oh my stars. Grandma! A little more advance notice if the entire family tree is about to sit in my living room!)
Enter: Flight of the Bee. This is where I start darting around the house in a mad frenzy. Children and husbands better move out of the way or they just might accidentally get thrown in the laundry bin or garbage can.
Do you have a plan for emergency situations? My flight goes something like this:
1. Pick up junk from living room. Throw socks into laundry bin. Toss toys into a pile. Kick the 500 computer wires underneath the couch. (I'm married to a computer nerd. Most of you probably don't have that problem.)
2. Quick! Clean the kitchen! Or at least stack all the dirty dishes in one side of the sink.
3. What if great aunt Mary needs to teetee while she's here?! Check the toilet for cleanliness. Soap on counter? Check. Hand towel? Check. Close the shower curtain and pray she's not nosy.
4. Close the bedroom doors.
5. 30 seconds remaining? Light that Yankee Candle.
So I'm relaxing a little on attempting to hide the fact a 19 month old lives in our house. And two adults. We add to the clutter; I won't lie. But those are the things that MUST be done before someone pops their head in my front door.
What's on your emergency cleaning list? Or are you one of those people who have mastered not worrying what other people think?