Monday, November 16, 2009

Cleaning? Who has time for that?!

I saw this picture and it made me think of myself. I'm so tired lately and my house is a huge mess, which is half my hatred of cleaning and half my inability to spare the time to clean it.  Things just keep piling up and its gotten out of control.  Of course, when that happens it makes wanting to clean it up even more difficult because it'll take more effort.  It's a vicious cycle.  What's worse, I don't know that I'll have any time to actually clean it up until school's out for the semester.  By then, we may just have to have it condemned and hope for better luck next time.

Cooking is only scarcely better.  I only do it because I have to and though I enjoy it sometimes, I only enjoy it when my kitchen is perfectly clean, which seems to be a serious problem lately.  The floor needs mopping, the doors and appliances need cleaning, the dishes need doing and I have several cabinets that need to be emptied and washed out.  So, cooking hasn't exactly been a joy lately.  The fact that Matt can't cook to save his life (or my time) doesn't help anything.  If we could afford it, I'd just get take out, or hire someone to keep my house clean so I could enjoy cooking in my own kitchen.

I think I'm going to try to find a day this week to get it cleaned up... or at least picked up.  Maybe I'll talk Matt into helping me, that would be great since he has far more time than I do -- I got some feedback from my prof on the 25 page paper and it seems I have a lot more work to do!  Then, when the semester's over, I'll set to some serious scrubbing and get my house cleaned up just in time for it to get messed up again for my inability to spare the time to clean it over the spring semester.  I think I need a plan, or some advice about how to keep things clean and do everything else that's expected of me.  Maybe I should try the 15 minutes a day method.  Clean up for just 15 minutes, every day.

One thing I am happy about is the plan to replace the floor in the office at the end of January.  Right now, that room is a disaster beyond my ability to describe it.  It's not just messy, it's disgusting!!  I use it to store random boxes and old furniture, but it really needs some cleaning up.  When our cat, Chummer, was sick and lived in there, he made a mess of it.  It wasn't his fault and I tried to clean it up after he passed away, but the scent of him clung to the space.  Since then, I can't keep Anakin and Galileo from going potty on the rug in there.    Now, the rug is GROSS.  I clean up after them, but the carpet is just too far gone.  My greatest fear right now is that when they take up the carpet, the sub-flooring will be ruined and we'll have to have part of it replaced.  If the sub-flooring is okay, it shouldn't cost us more than about $350 to have someone replace the floor in there with linoleum planks that look like wood.  The room is only about 95 sq. ft.  I'm going to go talk to some flooring places in town about what it'll cost.

When the floor is replaced, I plan to put my desk back in there, get a book shelf or two, and use the space as an office.  In addition to giving me a place to go to get away from the TV and the telephone, it'll give us more space in the living room.  With two desks, a sofa and love seat, a table and a console television in the living room, which is already tiny, everything is terribly cluttered.  Getting the floor fixed in there is a HUGE deal for me right now.  I really want to reclaim my office space.

Until then, I'll just have to settle for keeping things picked up and hope I have time soon to give it all a thorough cleaning.  I cannot wait for this semester to be over with -- I need a break, even if that break will be spent scrubbing my house!!