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Ruling my roost

7 May

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Ladies and (well honestly) more ladies, I have been inspired. I’m on a mission to become master of my domain. Ruler of my roost. Basically, the time has come to get all clean and organized up in here.

My house isn’t terrible, like not Hoarders terrible, but it’s kind of all the time cluttery. And when I take the time to clean, it’s usually just trying to keep up with dishes, bottles, and laundry (which I do on a daily basis). I don’t exactly, okay this is embarrassing, but I don’t exactly clean clean. I just recently started making myself vacuum J’s room and sweep in the kitchen and eating area. But like, washing toilet bowls, scrubbing sinks and tubs, mopping (haha), dusting, these aren’t activities I can honestly say I engage in on any remotely sort of regular basis.

I like to say I didn’t get the cleaning gene. Because I can cook up a storm and bake you under the table. My mom is the opposite. She absolutely loathes cooking of any kind but is OCD about cleanliness in her home. I wish I could have both. I wish keeping organized and clean came naturally to me because I truly do enjoy a clean and tidy space.

If I was working, honestly, I’d pay someone to do it. Since we’ve been home from the hospital, my mom has come over a few times to do it. But I’m realizing that it’s a skill that can be learned and worked at. Cooking well didn’t always come naturally to me either. When we first got out of college I was mostly eating things that came out of jars or boxes (just add chicken!). If I asked the me of back then to whip up a lemony zucchini and ricotta lasagna (a recent dinner) or swirl together some chia seed pudding (new fav breakfast of DH’s), I would’ve been quite puzzled indeed.

I’ve been inspired first of all by just spring cleaning in general, and by the fact that Juni will soon be mobile which scares the crap out of me because eww our floors, and by the fact that I know a large part of my day to day unhappiness is caused by stress over how cluttered things are, and by Belle‘s recent series on cleaning. She’s my new hero. Please keep teaching us, teacher! (Also: I want this book!)

And honestly, I’m home all day and it’s kind of embarrassing. Belle talked about the sense of accomplishment in having a cleaning routine and I so admire that.  But one of my biggest problems is, you can’t clean while there’s clutter, but you can’t clear the clutter if there’s no organized place to put it. Most of our closets are overrun with stuff we don’t ever use. That needs to change. If everything has a place, I can put it there, and then I can come up with a cleaning routine that works for us and is (hopefully) manageable.

This is all part of me finally accepting that, for now at least, I’m a homemaker. So I should try to be a better one. I’m used to excelling in my career. And even though housework never ends, hey, neither does office work. Projects lead to more projects. There’s still plenty for me to take pride in around the house. I actually started this post a few weeks ago and have done A LOT since then. I’ll be back soon to update you all on my progress. I’m starting with organizing and then will get a good cleaning routine down.

Wish me luck on my journey!

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