Moxie's losing a little luster these days friends. Trying to chase down a night's sleep is about as fruitful as chasing a leprechaun, and I'm getting a little fried. Probably because I bragged that I don't require much sleep, and that I am naturally high energy. That was when I was getting four or five consecutive hours. Right now I'm sputtering along two or so, waking a lot. Not to worry, your fearless leader may be weaving, but I'll still get you there.
This morning, as with all mornings of late, it's not so much a matter of when I get up as when I can reasonably start crashing around cleaning without waking everyone.
Today (is this getting old?):
*Made the bed.
*Cleaned back bathroom, including window tracks, toilet, baseboards, tub/shower.
*Made out with my dryer, and stuffed it to the gills.
*Rotated two more loads, and hung up all my clothes. (I hang everything of mine because I am 6'1" and if I dry anything I will lose length and that is not acceptable.)
*Started tea, made breakfast, took the pills that keep my OCD at an anecdotal level rather than a life-threatening one.
*Folded blankets and pillows in living room, kicked Reilly's 700 soccer balls into their room.
*Cleaned out sink, including wiping down fixtures, counters, etc.
*Cleared off kitchen counter.
*Swept kitchen floor.
Yeah, I've been up for a while.
Okay before we roll with some serious Moxie madness, I have to acknowledge one Moxling, who not only doesn't need my help whatsoever, but whose efforts this week have conjured up feelings of deep pride as well as hatred.
This bitch takes tedium s-e-r-i-o-u-s-l-y!
All I can say is Jacob, you get a gold star from Moxie, I'm uber-impressed!
(Teacher's pet...I'm just sayin'.)
Moxie has an ill-timed doctor's appointment this morning, so suck it FlyLady! Anyway, I'm going to use my one-hour timer trick to see what I can get done, and then follow through once I get home later. I may be paying paying a visit to a Moxling, if she texts me a confirmation, it's always helpful to know someone's house when issuing personal challenges.
Today I'll be focusing on:
*Catching up on laundry.
*Dusting the house within an inch of its life, only to repeat tomorrow.
*De-clutter, seriously. I can't handle things. Shudder.
*Put away all my clean laundry. (This is always fun, as I am perpetually two hangers short, no matter how many packs I buy. Btw, the only acceptable hanger is white tubular. This is a Moxie Mandate. If you're using coloured or wooden hangers, throw them away today and buy five packs of white tubulars. They cost like a dollar, so no excuses. And while we're at it, all laundry baskets, dish towels, bath towels, and as many appliances as possible should be white. It's soothing. No, don't think OCD, think Cape Cod.)
*Give my refrigerator a make-over.
*Cut off my oxygen supply until my ass finally organizes the appliance cupboard.
HERE ARE YOUR CHALLENGES:
*I want you hypervigilant about laundry and dishes. I don't care how you do it, but I want everyone's sinks clean tonight. (Try plugging them once they're empty and running hot water and adding some bleach for 20 minutes or so. You have no idea how gratifying bleached sinks are...you may even find yourself attacking your bathroom sinks as well.) I also want your laundry bins EMPTY, all your clothes clean, dry, hanging, and folded when you go to bed. It's a tall order but nothing my Moxlings can't handle.
*Use the time afforded to you by the hum of washing machines and dishwashers, no, not to tend your children, duh, but to sweep and vacuum all floors.
*Next, peek in your bathrooms and give a cursory wipe-down, to maintain that hard work you did the other day.
Okay that ought to keep you guys busy today, just remember to make the most of the movements you're already making, and to narrow your focus to crumbs, smudges, drips right in front of you rather than drown yourself in woe about the entire house. A house, like everything else, is merely the sum of its parts, we're breaking down the parts, thus reducing the sum of our angst.
The reason I'm being a hard ass today about laundry and dishes is because I want every single one of you to wake up tomorrow feeling caught up on what I'm told are the two most daunting chores for you guys. Make no mistake, this is not because I'm nice, it's because I'm going to work your asses off tomorrow. :)
Enjoy your coffee and online procrastinations. Your laundry and dishes will be waiting for you, as will we.
A QUESTION FROM A READER:
I hate, hate, HATE mopping floors. I really don't see how it does much good and I just don't have the time or will to scrub on hands and knees (which in my opinion is the only thing that does any good). What do you suggest I use? I hate the residue of most cleaners.
Since laundry is not really an issue for me, the washing/drying part, and we have so little clothing I tend to only do my laundry once a week... is this ok?
Any tips tricks for spot cleaning carpets? I thought that I had the know how and skill to get spills quickly but I find I often have stiff carpet which tells me I have nothing but ignorance. Somehow those pesky children also seem to sneak spills past me and then GROSS!!!
Thanks for the questions, I can answer them all!
1. The answer lies in your question. Hands and knees baby. It sucks, but your kitchen isn't that big. Linoleum right? Get a bowl of hot bleachy water (you'd probably want to use a glove, even though I don't--ha ha!), and a scrubby sponge, and work from one end to the other. Five minutes. Bleach is a miracle of God, and no residue. If you really just can't, because hate me, and want me to think about it all the time, get a Swiffer Wet Dry. You do not have enough floor space to be losing sleep over this (that's my job.) Don't forget bathrooms.
2. Um, yeah, that's quite alright. Nowhere is it written that laundry must be the Goliath of your life. If your system works and you aren't plagued by hostile stares from piles taller than you are, then you're already 50% ahead of everyone else. :)
3. Spot treating. My best advice is to use Oxi Clean, either the spray kind or the powder kind shaken up with hot water, and pop a cap off any type of spray, like throat spray, breath freshener, etc. Pour the Oxi liberally on your stain(s), and then put your index finger inside the cap and scrub as hard as you can until you either a) see the spot fading, b) pass out, or c) see no progress and unsubscribe from my blog. Also, fresh stains respond really well to hot sudsy dish soap. If nothing else, I ain't against usin' a throw rug yo. Last year when my darling Reilly managed to get her hands on the most crack-ho coulour of dark purple nail polish on earth, while I was gone, she somehow spilled it across ten feet of our eleven ft. living room. Yeah. No. It was kerosene or a rug.
Hope this helps. -C