Monday, October 26, 2009
Mind Over Monday
With halloween fast approaching, followed by Thanksgiving and then christmas, Jesus (!), Moxie's being hit with a trifecta of cleaning deterrents. I do have some ideas for ridding your home, especially the kitchen, of unused objects to make the holidays less daunting, but right now I'm still more concerned with keeping you all moving throughout the day, making every movement count.
Every time I walk in our humble laundry room entrance, I check the dryer, pull out clean laundry if necessary, rotate clothes from washer, reload, check wastebasket, and sweep the floor. Now with all of the gorgeous fucking leaves, I sweep more and more.
As I refill my Brita, I wipe down the counter, or stack dishes in the left side of the sink in the least offensive manner, aesthetically speaking, in hopes that Todd will be spellbound and do them. (I may have OCD but I never have time!)
Any time I have the broom in my hand, I sweep all non-carpeted floors. Takes three minutes. Swiffing takes three more. Newly washed bathmats are so rewarding. I'm just sayin'.
A walk-through dusting really eases the mind, especially if it segues into washing mirrors.
Windex on the oven door is an unexpected delight, as is wiping down your entire refrigerator.
Taking a bag or small box into any room and filling it with unwanted items falls under the "every little bit helps" category, especially if you can donate it.
I've already mentioned my magic lint roller trick, good for blinds, ottomans, anything upholstered. Or just spot speck check if full vacuuming isn't warranted.
For some reason, blankets strewn about, while not dirt, raises the ire of many a mother. My kids often wake up and crawl under a blanket while they contemplate whatever it is worry-free kids contemplate upon waking. But, the know to fold them up and put them in our papasan palace and scoot the couch cushions in and reset my throw pillows. It helps.
Picking one thing each day to scrub to a shine, however small, really adds up.
So some things to ponder, in a slightly different format.
Today I'll be making use of my uncanny wingspan and rapid movement to keep things shining, and I'm curious to see what y'all do.
I hate candy corn, and I eat a lot of it every year. I like the waxiness.