Thursday, August 4, 2011

Falling in love with my house again...

Lately I have been... unmotivated about housework. I just plain don't want to do it.

I clean something, and in two seconds it needs to be cleaned again. I'm just tired of it. So as a result, I've been letting housework fall by the wayside badly. I've been (kind of) keeping up with the washing and dishes, and the day-to-day tidying. But my bathroom could really use a good scrub, my cupboards are disorganized, everything could use some dusting, my oven needs a clean... you get the picture.

So, I'm going to try to like my house again. Because really it's a nice house. It's no mansion, but it's a very comfortable house. I think it's easy to fall into the doldrums and feel like everything is mundane when you are at home every day. But Shane and I are fortunate. We own our house (or maybe we own the bedroom and the bank owns the rest- but, you know!) Sure, there are things that still need doing- that's what happens when you buy an older home. But really, when all is said and done- we are blessed to have what we have.

When I was pregnant with Georgie I had a cleaning checklist. (I know, I know, I sound like a crazy person) But I'm the kind of person who likes lists. I like looking back and seeing what I've done. I find things easier when I have a set task and can focus on goals. And my cleaning checklist was good, because it put some of the bigger cleaning tasks that I don't do regularly into bite-sized manageable pieces. It worked for me. So, I've pulled the list out, made some changes and have decided to start again.

My new and improved cleaning checklist, sitting on the fridge

I figure I'm almost halfway through this pregnancy (19 weeks) so I have roughly 20 weeks to get things in order before my world kind of gets thrown into chaos again for a little while. And to further motivate myself, I've decided I will take a few pictures of the house, and do a few before and after posts to help motivate and inspire me. I must admit I'm kind of uncomfortable about showing you just how gross my house has gotten, but at the same time I feel that it's important for me to be real when I write. I don't want to set myself up on a pedestal and only show the nice things about my life.

So, it begins today. Even if I just cross off one little job- I'm going to start. I'm going to try to love my house again, because it is a nice house and I am grateful for it.

I've linked this one up with Kate @Kate Says Stuff, for Thankful Thursdays, and am now going to go and attack my folding, which is the one job I hate with the fire of a thousand suns. What is your most detested housework task?


  1. Thanks for linking up Robyn :)

    It's SO hard to be motivated when you are pregnant anyway, I think you are doing amazingly!

    I have a faking it (re housework) post going up soon that may have some helpful cheaty ideas for you too... sometimes you just need that kickstart yk?


  2. Good on you! I am a list lover too and I've recently blogged on my lack of motivation too. I think perhaps I need to start loving my house again too. :)

  3. Wow, that is dedication and organisation. I definitely need to take a leaf out of your book.
    My most detested task is tidying up my husband's crap - because I SHOULDN'T HAVE TO EFFING DO IT!! He's a Sagittarius and apparently they are profoundly messy. Convenient excuse, if you ask me. But sometimes the nagging wears a bit thin even for me and I'll gather all his mess into a pile and shove it somewhere for him to deal with.
    As for actual, legitimate tasks, my most loathed is probably cleaning the shower. I also hate weeding the garden.

  4. Cleaning is so much harder when you are at home with a little one, because you literally do mess it up as soon as it is clean (or if not you, the little one will do it for you). It was so much easier to be out of the house for 8+ hours each day, and come home to an untouched home.

    My least favourite task is ironing and I procrastinate and procrastinate, to the point that my husband wears the least crinkled un-ironed shirts to work...

    Maybe you will get the nesting instinct to give you a kick-start in those last few weeks before bubs arrives!? (Unfortunately this didn't work for me)

  5. Well I'm hoping the nesting will kick in! It did in a huge way with Georgie so fingers crossed :)


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