I’m laying on the sofa curled up in a blanket with a big mug of tea, staring at a pile of mess and thinking that the floor needs vacuuming. But then the floor nearly always needs vacuuming. A floor, somewhere in the house, nearly always needs vacuuming.
If I look in the dining room it’s a similar picture. There’s a big pile of paperwork of pending things I need to sort out. Not things that can be easily filed away, but stuff that needs ‘actioning’ in some way or another. (Eugh, ‘actioning’, I think I just threw up in my mouth a little bit). There are also three half-read magazines and two browning bananas. In the corner of the room there’s a Virgin Media box on top of its cardboard box that’s been sitting there for about six months, waiting for an address to be sent to me (I really should chase that up – it’s number 179 on my to do list). I should also mention there’s another cardboard box of unpacked things that’s been sitting there, unpacked since we moved into our house. THREE-AND-A-HALF YEARS AGO.
And I don’t really consider myself a messy person. Ok, so there’s not a very good excuse for the unpacked cardboard box. There are a few of those, mainly because we haven’t got round to buying to furniture to unpack the stuff into. I do generally tidy up after myself and we try to keep on top of the cleaning. But it’s hard work! When you work full time and have other commitments in your spare time, it doesn’t leave much time leftover if you actually want to relax too.
How do people do it? Especially those who have young children too – really, how do you do it?!
It’s not always like this. Some days and weeks, I have bursts of energy and enthusiasm where I feel really on top of everything. I’ll come home from work, stick some loud music on and get out the antibacterial spray. And admittedly, I do find it much easier (and prefer) to spend half an hour doing little bits here and there every day than letting it build up and having to spend a few hours at a time doing more.
But cleaning isn’t fun is it? Doing washing, phoning the electricity company and weeding the garden is not how I’d like to be spending my weekend.
But it ALWAYS needs to be done, you finish one thing and you need to start again on the first thing!
That’s why I don’t understand people that say they have nothing to do. How can you have nothing to do? Unless you employ a cleaner, a butler, personal chef and gardener, there is always something to do. It’s just choosing whether or not you do it.
Sometimes it bothers me and I get up and do it. Other times… pfffttt, not sure about this adult lark, I’d rather have a cuppa.