I know most people have a tidy or tidyish kitchen all the time, but housework is one of the things that I really struggle to motivate myself to do. It feels like a never-ending task – I feel like the house is never, and has never been, totally tidy and sorted, so I am on the back foot from the word go, and there’s just too much to do. And however much I do, with three teenage boys, one husband, two dogs and a cat in the house, it gets untidy much faster than I can tidy – plus I really resent the fact that when I do make the effort and get a room looking really lovely and tidy, no-one else ever makes the effort to keep it that way – so I don’t. It’s like the enormity of the task paralyses me – but the stupid thing is that this just makes the task get bigger and even more threatening.
Anyway, today I did manage to get something done – I have tidied the kitchen, and now it just needs a good wipe-down. I do have something of a spur to getting things done, as my sister and her husband are arriving at the end of the week, and I would like the house to be cleaner than it is now. I think I read somewhere “I do more cleaning in the hour before visitors arrive than I do in the whole of the rest of the week” – well, that’s me (though it should say month).
Tomorrow I will do more tidying and cleaning after the morning’s knitting group at a lovely local tea room. If the internet were to go down for the afternoon, that might help……
But even though it’s not much by other people’s standards, I think that having done some tidying – and feeling good about it – is a Positive Thing.