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I Do Not Regret the Things I’ve Done…

October 8, 2012

…But those I did not do.

If I were a complete masochist, I’d start a little weekly post series over here called:

“Guess What Fell Off the To-Do List This Weekend!”

And this week? All you’d have to do is walk in my house to know the answer. Our entry sideboard is a disaster of clutter, the (super dirty) rug in the living room went unvacuumed, there is three weeks worth of dust on the shelves, and our floors… please don’t look beneath Gus’ seat at the table. I was tired last night and forgot to sweep after washing the dinner dishes. (Hey, at least the kitchen is clean!)

If you didn’t already leave shuddering, you could see in our bathroom an unscrubbed bathtub and toilet. The bed is made, but our bedroom has clothes heaped on the floor waiting to be sorted into wash vs. dry-clean and random assortments of lone socks, paperwork and water glasses on the dresser top. The hamper in the hall is full of laundry that went largely ignored for the three days we were off. And this is not even touching on the filthy screens on our windows, or – you know – the windows themselves, not mentioning our front and back which are rapidly descending into a state at which our house might be mistaken for a foreclosure. (Thank goodness nothing really grows in the dry summers in LA – well not if you don’t water it! – so the yards aren’t overgrown, just dead. Wait, I’m thanking goodness for that? Yikes.)

While my home is rarely spotless, (YOU try for consistently spotless with a three-year-old, a crawler and a full-time job… ha.) it’s usually fairly clean. This weekend was a busy one, though, and unfortunately things just didn’t pan out. It’s a sick joke of the universe that the vacuum makes so much damn noise, and yet the only time I ever have to actually use it is when the boys are sleeping. ::shakes fist at sky::

We go around and around every few months about hiring someone to clean for us, but in the end, our house is so tiny that it’s really difficult to justify the expense. So we make time and we get it done. Usually.

So the weekend is over, we’re back to the intense go-go-go of the work week, and our house is still in a state of disaster. But fun was had, and that’s important too, right? Masa and I both got exercise on more than one day. We got the kids out of the house and running around at the park and at soccer, and swimming, and basketball. We meal planned, and grocery shopped and ate meals together. Oh yeah, and we went to Disneyland. I’d say the important bases were covered. If something had to fall off the to-do list, I suppose cleaning is the best option.

However, that said, there is going to have to be some make-up cleaning during the week (ugh) and this CANNOT happen two weeks in a row.

Is anyone out there experiencing this? What falls off your to-do lists?

2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 7, 2012 1:35 pm

    This is the story of my life. I just finished a 31 day series trying to keep up with my house, which was great for 31 days but has since fallen to the wayside. It’s hard to lose the limited time you have with your family in exchange for a clean house. It helps if I do a little each day.

    • November 7, 2012 1:49 pm

      Thanks Megan! I read your 31 days series and I really liked it! 🙂 I hope we both continue to find our balance with all of this.

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