Monday, December 21, 2009

Put Down That Vacuum...

Yes, I know, not the subject you'd expect to see on a writer's blog, but I have racked my brain for the past two weeks, trying to think of something worthwhile to say about writing and I get zilch, nada, nothing. I feel under-qualified to give any sort of writing advice, so instead, you get to hear my thoughts on housework.

Yes, you read right--housework. You see, I've spent the morning cleaning, scrubbing, folding laundry and scouring. For those of you that know me, I'm sure you are exceptionally proud of me right now. For those of you that don't, know this: I despise cleaning! I find it boring, mundane and monotonous in the extreme.

I've always given myself a hard time about this fact, comparing myself to countless others who seem to keep their homes in white-glove condition, but I've finally decided that there are some definite benefits to not keeping up on a daily basis. (Mind you, this is from a "Married With Children" standpoint).

#1 - It is much more satisfying to clean up a messy room. It may take more time, yes, but the overall sense of achievement when finished is greater. It's like the before and after pictures on a home makeover show. Big difference! Therefore, more satisfying, don't you think?

#2 - You get after your children far less for making a mess when it is untidy to begin with.

#3 - You will feel more appreciated by your spouse and even possibly, your children. Seriously. Want to know why? It's because they might actually NOTICE. As I mentioned in #1, the change is more pronounced. You see, when your spouse comes home to an actual clean and tidy house, he can't help but say WOW! And kiss you for your valiant efforts. Even my kids say something at times. I, for one, would not get that kind of response if I kept the house clean on a daily basis.

I realize this might sound like I'm rationalizing a slightly (yes, SLIGHTLY) lazy side of myself, but I have tried to keep my house immaculate before and let me tell you--I have never felt more under-appreciated, stressed out, or exhausted.

So, for all you over-worked and underpaid mothers out there--put down that vacuum, play with your cute kids, and pick up a good book! Save the cleaning for the day after tomorrow, and live more happily ever after! :)


  1. Love this post! My son asked me why I don't scrub the floor anymore. I told him I'm a much better Momma if the floor's dirty. "Oh, you spilled your chocolate milk? Oh, well, it'll blend in!"

  2. I so agree with this! Once upon a time I had a really clean house, but it was a bit bigger then, we weren't bringing home computer parts so my husband could repair or build new computers, and um...did I mention it was bigger? Therefore, I could throw all of the junk somewhere that I never saw it instead of the family room.

    Oh yes, and I spent a lot less quality time with my computer back then.

  3. Thanks girls! It's nice to know I'm not the only one who thinks this way.