"You can live your life or you can clean your house." -my Mama
Today is "no housework Wednesday" at my house. What that means is I don't do housework on Wednesdays. It's a new thing. In fact, today is only the second time I've tried this.
The idea occurred to me as I was feeling really burned out with all the worshin', sweepin, and various other chores that are to be done around here.
Now one's initial response might be: If you work primarily inside the home, is it really that hard to keep your house clean?! The answer is yes. It is that hard. In fact it is near impossible.
Reason being, if you are at home all the time that means you are there all the time to mess the place up all the time. I don't mean to sound as if I'm complaining, but I could clean, straighten, and sweep every room in my house every single day and it would still look like a tornado came through by 8:00 the next morning. I can only imagine how that multiplies with multiple children!
Anyway, having a day set aside to not worry and not fret about cleaning is great. To tell you the truth its motivating. Late in the day on Tuesday, when I'm tempted to procrastinate doing that last load of worsh or thinking "I just don't want to vacuum the floor," I remember....Oh yea, tomorrow's "no housework Wednesday," and I immediately carry through with the task.
Now I want to be clear, I don't completely neglect my cleaning duties. I still pick up that occasional smashed banana on the floor or start a load of clothes that we need to wear the next day.
Also, "no housework Wednesdays" will also serve as a day to catch up on running errands, returning e-mails, paying bills, etc. So I'll still be taking care of household business, BUT there will be no vacuuming, no toilet scrubbing, no swiffering, no mountains of laundry done, no window worshin', no dusting, and absolutely no ironing under any circumstances (not that I do that anyway).
"No housework Wednesday" is days set aside to have a little fun. A day to linger outside, a day to window shop, a day to blog, a day to sew, a day to swim, a day to watch the 2 to 4 o'clock showing of Little House on the Prairie and not feel one iota of guilt.
I leave you with a picture of my morning "fun." I began painting this little children's table red. The color is called ladybug from the new Martha Stewart line. I love it!
So ladies and gentlemen, put down your brooms.
And have a fantastic Wednesday!
We're off to the farmers' market.....