Doing laundry naked

Thursday, August 4, 2011

I bet I got your attention now ;-)

Don't worry I'm not really doing my laundry in the buff, but I have a confession to make...I could definitely relate to how this woman felt when I read this story.  I have the same mentality when doing laundry and cleaning my home.  I want things to be perfectly clean and stay clean!  I hate the day after cleaning because you would never know that I spent 5 hours deep cleaning and doing laundry.  This is completely ridiculous and unpractical especially with 2 kids and 2 dogs; I am setting myself up for torture each week! 

It never really hit me that this was a problem (having a clean house is a good thing, right?) until I looked at it from the perspective of doing laundry naked.  The amazing part is when I first started reading this story I thought for a minute, "how smart!" when I should have been thinking, "how ridiculous!" 

I usually deep clean my house on Sunday (I want the laundry basket empty, the dishes clean and put away, the floors mopped, toilets sparkling, etc.) so that everything feels like a fresh start on Monday.  This has always seemed like a great idea.  However, what I failed to see in my perfect planning, is that come Monday morning there will be clothes in the hamper, toys on the floor, dog hair collecting on the ground, dishes getting thrown in the sink, and Heaven forbid if someone used the toilet!! Instead of feeling like Monday's a fresh start I feel like all my hard work has gone down the drain. There is no end to the messes in life, they just keep coming...

The more I visit blogs and admire other's homes this problem is only going to continue to worsen.  I am nipping it in the bud right now and I am going to focus on having a clean, but liveable home. I am going to make sure my priorities of God, my husband, my girls, and the rest of my friends and family are on the top of my list. 

This doesn't mean that I am going to boycott cleaning since things will get dirty anyway, but it does mean that after I clean my house I will not allow the crankiness and frustration of the clutter and laundry to follow ruin my day :-)  I am also going to start emplimenting easy solutions for a tidy house that will give me more time with my family (I will start sharing some of these soon).

Something I need to always remember is that some people would give anything to trip over their child's toy just one more time, pick up their beloved dog's hair one more day, or clean their departed husband's dirty socks just once more...instead of sitting alone in a clean house. 

God has blessed me with a wonderful family and from this day forward I am vowing to keep a tidy home, full of life's beautiful messes!


Anonymous said...

omg I have done the nude thing. Not a lot, just a couple times or I would feel like a real weirdo admitting that. I remember a couple of times putting the last load of laundry in at 9pm at night, looking down at my own clothes that needed washed and stripping down and throwing them in, throwing a towel around me so I could run past all the windows and upstairs to bed. What i am trying to say is: I can TOTALLY relate! I hate having anything in the hamper but I do need to get real. I needed this to remind me that worldly perfection is not always the type of perfection you need. Love your blog, Brooke! (this is anna critchley, btw) :)

Brooke @ Spruce Your Nest said...

That is hilarious Anna! That is exactly how I am! It is just funny when I truly think about what stresses me out...I should really be focusing on the more important things in life.

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