Saturday, September 21, 2013

Confessions of a Slob

 I am a slob.
My older sister used to tell me that all the time when we shared a room.

My husband, after 25+ years of marriage, declared it at the dinner table one day.

I laughed.
Not because it wasn’t true, but because he had kept that thought in for so long.  Thinking about it still amuses me.

I loved when I had a new baby because my mother would come help.  She was perpetual motion. (I did not inherit that.)  Laundry barely hit the floor and she was washing it.  The more children I birthed, the longer she would stay - up to 2 weeks.  
Maybe I should have another baby.

Don’t get me wrong.  I like things to be clean and tidy.  I just have a hard time keeping them that way.  It’s just not a priority, I suppose.

Don’t be alarmed.  We don’t live in an environment that would warrant anyone calling the CDC.

There is a lot of help available on the internet. You can download cleaning schedules and chore charts galore.  One encouraging site is  I tried following the Fly Lady for awhile.  I even downloaded her daily to-do lists.  How hard can 15 minutes a day be?  

I think what tripped me up with the Fly Lady is her morning routine.
For starters, I am not much of a morning person.
Second, she says to get dressed, all the way down to your shoes, as soon as you get out of bed.
I don’t like to wear shoes around the house. (Which is why pairs of my shoes can be found in various places around the house; that used to drive my husband crazy in our early years of marriage.)

Then, she says that no matter what, make sure your kitchen sink is clean and shiny.  I’m just gonna say the Fly Lady did not have seven children.  I could get my sink clean and shiny; I just couldn’t keep it that way unless I wanted to nag at my kids all day - which I did plenty of without adding the sink cleaning nag.

I did incorporate the 15 minute pick up around the house before dinner when all the kids were home.  That helped.  I will sometimes do a 15 minute cleaning of a closet or shelf.  Sometimes, we would take an afternoon and just clean the house (according to Speed Cleaning)  - unfortunately not every week.  The children did have a chore chart that more or less got accomplished.

But overall, I failed the Fly Lady course.
I am still a slob.  

My husband, on the other hand, would make a wonderful house husband.  He has said I could go to work and he would stay home IF I could find a job with a comparable salary to his.  

So, anybody know of somebody who would pay me an engineer’s salary for my skills?

  I am a great project manager with strategic thinking skills.   I can see what needs done and tell people what to do all day long!  (Just ask my kids.)

No?  Well, I will just keep working on overcoming my slob nature.

Is there anyone else out there who doesn’t make their bed every day, or is it just me?

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