Before Rich and I purchased our charming Victorian cottage, I lived in a small apartment. I spent many a Sunday cleaning the entire space. The floors would be vacuumed and mopped. The bathroom would be spotless. All the laundry would be clean and fresh and put away. I loved being able to plop down onto the couch that night and watch a Lifetime movie surrounded by a clean, organized space. There's something about a decluttered, neat house that makes me feel calm and motivated.
Nowadays, I have trouble keeping up with the laundry. Never mind all the other cleaning. And this is with Rich helping out. There's always housework to be done and I know I'm not alone in this. Admittedly, sometimes I give up. Will the girls remember the skirts I sewed for them or the fact that the house was really clean? They'll remember the skirts. Which is why the house isn't clean.
There's a laundry basket in my bedroom overflowing with the girls' clothes that need to be ironed. Some items were air dried in my room on a drying rack and just need to be put away. The pile's been growing and growing. Emily picked out a shirt to wear to school this morning. She came up to me as I was getting ready for work with the shirt, asking if I knew where the skirt was that she usually wears with that particular shirt. I pulled a pink skirt from the basket. Nope, not it.
"Allie has the same one, only in purple. It's pink and gray with stripes and there's a bow on the elastic."
"I have no clue which skirt you're talking about, Em."
"I'll draw a picture."
And she did. Would you believe I looked at her drawing and immediately knew which skirt she was referring too. I was going to take a picture of her drawing to show you but of course, I can't find it now.
So instead of spending an hour ironing tonight, I ran on the treadmill and then I sat on the couch for an hour. There's always tomorrow. I'm actually hoping for a really productive day on Friday. I made a skirt for Emily a few weeks ago and I have fabric ready to sew a matching skirt for her AG doll. I just need to get through some other projects (and cleaning) first.