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Monday, October 19, 2009

Cleaning: FAIL

I've been slowly working my way through the house, room by room giving them a deep clean. It's horrible and torturous. Seriously. I hate to clean, so doing a thorough cleaning is one of my least favorite things to do in the world. I hate it more than wearing flat shoes. This past weekend I worked on Indy's room. I've been really slack on keeping it up lately and the dust bunnies had grown into dust elephants. I could have made another dog from all the dog hair I swept up. The toys were scattered hither and yon, crumbs were under the bed and the area rug was gruesome. It took me about 5 hours to clean this room top to bottom, go through his toys and organize the ones we were keeping (this was the bulk of the work). I was horrified. How could I let Indy live like that? Bad, bad, bad Mommy! He came in after I was done (I hid the bag of junky toys that were to be thrown away-where do they all come from? It's like they breed), and looked around. He said it looked a "jillion" times better and that he was sure he could find his toys easier. It made me feel good, but I had to give myself a big fat FAIL on upkeep. Now that it's clean though, I can keep on top of it a little easier. On the plus side, he loves to dust and vacuum, so I may just hand him some cleaning supplies and let him have it.

9 comments:

Emily said...

That happens to me...then I have this crazy freak out day when I feel the need to clean like a mad woman. It's a vicious cycle. And I'm totally not above forcing my children to help either! ;)

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Bravo to you for planning to let him have a hand in the cleaning. I need to be better about letting/forcing the girls to clean up their stuff....

Allison said...

I do this too.

I'm not an upkeeper. At all. It's deep clean or nothing. And deep clean usually only when I'm upset about something. So.. at least you don't have to be pissed at your husband to clean!

Bonita said...

Good for you for doing a task you don't love. I feel the same way and I used to get in the same predicament by putting it off too long. Now my kids are teenagers and I figure if they want to live like pigs that's their business. I'll clean the room when they move out. That said, my son's room smells like the locker room for an entire high school football team and I don't know how much longer I can stand it. I may just have to bite the bullet. Ugh!

Trac~ said...

I remember my mom doing the same thing to my little brother's room when we were growing up - though she probably threw away a lot more stuff than you did! LOL Glad you got it cleaned and feel better about it. I would definitely hand the cleaning supplies over to the little guy to keep his room clean! :o)

otin said...

You do realize that in about 3 months you will post this same exact post again!? lol

Design it Chic said...

oh boy.. making another dog out of the dog hair?!?.. that would be fun to see:))) you dog-creator:)))
Oh and yeah we don't live far!:)
Happy Tuesday!

where's your RTT?!?:P

Captain Dumbass said...

Look at it this way, your cleaning FAIL is instilling a love of cleanliness in him, so it's not all bad. I think this Fail deserves a pass.

satakieli said...

I bet you could get Indy to help out. I just recently reduced the length of my swiffer mop to make it the right size for Mikey to use and put a microfiber cloth on it. He freakin' loves it... it's been his favourite toy all week. My floors have never looked so shiny.

Don't feel guilty about the dust elephants. I daren't look under my bed anymore for fear of what I'll find. Whatever it is, it eats socks.

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