I have a new self project. We’ll see it if it works.
Anyone will tell you that I’m lazy. Especially my husband. (He’s lazy too but he doesn’t do it with nearly the amount of bravado that I do.) Seriously though, I was raised doing nothing. I never did chores, when I would offer to do something in the kitchen my mom would tell me to get out of her kitchen. It was her domain. As a house wife for most of her life she didn’t know how to let someone help her with her domain. Eventually I got to the point where I stopped asking if I could help and just settled for doing absolutely nothing. Not just in the kitchen but everywhere.
If you knew me in high school you knew that my room was a disaster area at least 93% of the time. If I was going to have several friends over I would break down and clean it. Then there was a point where I had a crush on someone who would come over regularly so I cleaned it regularly to “impress” him. Well, when he came out of the closet I gave up the regular cleaning in there.
When I got married for about a month (actually, probably less) I was a good wife and I cleaned but after a while the laziness came back to me. Either my husband or myself would leave a plate or glass in the living room and I’d get discouraged and say screw it. Eventually, Sebastian took over all of the cleaning duties. Basically, I became the worst wife ever. I would blame it on being tired, working full time, then I blamed the pregnancy. Well, I now I have no excuse. Yes, I have a baby to take care of, but she naps frequently and I’m home all day. No excuse.
So, I stumbled upon flylady.net yesterday and I thought I’d take a look and see what she has on her site. I had seen her books when I worked at Barnes & Noble but never paid much attention to them. I assumed she was just about cleaning things with off the wall products such as baking soda and lime juice. I was surprised to find something else.
I’m not going to give a full synopsis or review of the website, if you’re interested you should just check it out because it’s very user friendly and helpful. It made me realize I have CHAOS in my life, which stands for Can’t Have Anyone Over Syndrome. It’s not as bad now as it was in our last apartment but I wouldn’t invite my mother-in-law over in fear that she would start cleaning or start telling me that I need to. I already know I need to, that’s where I’m going with this. FlyLady starts you off with baby steps.
Today was my Day 1 and the baby step was to shine my sink. I honestly thought about this a lot before I got around to it today but once I started I got really into it and didn’t stop until it was perfect. Now, I’m super proud of my bright and shiny sink and even told my husband that any time he ran water in it he needed to dry it with the towel hanging next to it. I’m actually looking forward to Day 2.
We’ll see if I can actually stick with all 31 days. I’m notorious for starting stuff like this and then letting it go but this will be very interesting.
Oh, and here’s my pretty sink: