Friday, November 18, 2005

What's going on

Well, things haven't really been busy. But I've not been doing just nothing either. With the great Turkey Day quickly approaching, meaning an extra three days to my weekend I had to get as far ahead at work as possible. Which, this time of year is possible, not fun, but possible. The checks are written, the phone calls and emails returned. All I have to do Monday and Tuesday is the stuff that comes in on those two days.

So, I've joined this thing. I get about 30,000,000 emails a day reminding me to go clean something. It's kinda nice and kinda annoying at the same time. But hey, my bathroom, kitchen, and laundry room haven't been this clean since we moved in a couple years ago. They help you declutter your house 15 minutes at a time. Intersting concept. One of the things I do like about it is how they split the house up into Zones. This week the Zone has been the Bathroom and one other room (I chose the laundry room because it's the most neglected and my catch all). Everyday you're suppose to spend 15 minutes in your Zone. So, day one, I set the timer on my cell phone, cleaned the toilet, sink, and bathtub and then my time was up. It was kind of nice. I said, ok, that's enough for one night. The next night I swept and mopped before moving on to the laundry room. Next week the focus is the Master Bedroom. I wonder how many bags of STUFF Hope Outreach will get out that room?
And I've been waking up at 6:00 am this week for no reason (I love to sleep in and 6 am really isn't my thing). Since Nickel isn't leaving for work at 6 am he's still in bed asleep when I wake up. I don't want to wake him up by turning lights and such on so I've been getting up and going to the kitchen, on the other side of the house, and cleaning. Every morning I've put away last night's clean dishes and washed whatever we used since I washed them last, mostly cups but a few plates every now and then. Then I clean the cabinets and water the plants. I don't vacuum that early in the morning, but I've thought about it. I get Peanut's lunch ready then I've been doing a little devotional in the morning. Been nice, but it's starting to catch up with me. I wonder how long this will last.
Last night I was cleaning the layers of lent and dust that had accumulated on the dryer when Nickel got home from work. Here is the conversation we had:
Nickel: What's wrong?
Me: Nothing, I'm just cleaning.
Nickel: Are you power cleaning? (Sometimes when I get really mad I clean-everything and you better get out of my way while I'm doing it!)
Me:No, just cleaning.
Nickel: But you never clean the laundry room.
Me: (laughing)Well, don't you think it's about time I did?
He walked away satisfied that the world hadn't ended nor was I sick and about to die.
So, there you go. Now that I've caught you up on my world as I know it I'll get back to cleaning.


madcapmum said...

Oh, that Flylady! I did that for a few weeks then dropped half dead of busyness. But geez, my house was CLEAN! Good for you!

Leslee said...

Madcap, I'll probably only do it for a couple of weeks too. Maybe until the end of the year just to pick out the good habits I want to keep. I really don't like my email's inbox to be flooded unless it's comments from the blog site. I could read those all day!

~Jennifer said...

You've inspired me. Now whether or not that inspiration will translate into action, well, we'll just have to see. I've been getting flylady mail for about 5 years now. I think that's why they've become invisible to me, and I ignore them so well. But it was soooo nice to have such a clean house when I was just doing half the stuff she said.

Leslee said...

I'm glad I'm such an inspiration to you Jennifer. Now get up and go clean something--- for 15 minutes!

~Jennifer said...

This is the perfect week for me to start because my husband's 40th birthday party is on Saturday! Yikes, I think I'll need more than 15 minutes a day (but 15 minutes at a time several times a day, I can do.)

Girl said...

This is great!! Can you come to my house next??

Leslee said...

Um, no. Go clean your own dang house WOMAN! LOL, actually I'm finding out that I actually like cleaning house.