Saturday, July 18, 2009
I've decided to stop cramming my OCD manic Saturday lists down everyone's throats in an effort to focus on you guys, and the things that will be helpful to you.
Some tips for pleasing those perpetually wandering eyes, focusing on everything that isn't done:
-Tidying up shoes is a wonderful little gem.
-Removing and relocating everything on top of the refrigerator does wonders, I promise, and it is possible even in kitchens with limited space.
-CADDIES CADDIES CADDIES!
-Put appliances you seldom use in cupboards underneath.
-Sort your bookcase.
-Clear one surface you can look at and derive some peace, pretending the entire house looks that way.
-Close doors to scary rooms.
-Straighten things symmetrically.
-Stack things that were previously strewn every which way.
-Fresh flowers wherever they will bring you the most joy.
-Easy, aesthetically pleasing changes/removals.
NOW, ONTO BUSINESS:
-Today I want you to wash your windows. I know the sun is pissing everyone off but at least let it shine through clean, streak-free windows.
-Rid the house of kid debris, using whatever method you deem appropriate. Get that crap in their rooms!
-Clean out your microwave.
-No slacking on laundry and dishes. Aren't paper plates a summer staple?
-Organize your bathroom drawers. You know there's hairbands and Q-Tips, tampons, coupons, and broken hair claws in there. Get that shit out, wind up your flat iron--it's too hot to use it. Hair supplies in top drawers, Band-Aids and such in the second drawer, feminine bullshit in the third drawer, and if you have a fourth drawer, surprise me! If you have no drawers, CADDIES!
You all seem to be doing so much more than I am assigning, even if it's different tasks. You guys can do this, in between melting. You can always text me for encouragement, many of you do. (503) 910-9546. Make me proud my dutiful Moxlings. :)
(Later) Here are my scariest demons this Saturday. Our bookshelf which we've outgrown by 400 books, our school/craft/game/miscellaneous shelf that I'd sooner burn to a cinder than ever look at again, and this ever-jumbled stack of XBox games in desperate need of a caddy. (I'd sooner burn the XBox too, but my boy works hard and deserves his fun.) We just have no room. I really hate the games being on the shelf because they stick out. Perhaps I can hang them from the ceiling. Anyway, here are my before shots, if I don't post the completed tasks by tonight it's because I gave up and bought a one-way ticket to Boston.
Bookshelf, and yes I know I ought to paint it. It's putrescent. Get off my back!
Household catch-all, with a bit o'school stuff:
The dreaded games. He doesn't care if they're alphabetized, can you believe this???
And don't forget, I have to try and make sense of my kids' Harry Potter closet/bedroom once I survive these. Wish me luck, come sit and hold me while I cry, bring me some kerosene...