Friday, October 1, 2010

Messes

Today as I cleaned house I kept cleaning and cleaning but nothing felt cleaner. The living room never looked picked up, the kitchen remained a mess, the dining room mysteriously grew new piles, I felt utterly defeated. Then I realized that I had a little busy bee following me around undoing all my good work to the best of her ability!

If I picked up the living then she got out her bucket of toys and carefully pulled them out one by one and threw them all over the room. If I picked up the dining room then she found a stack of mail and threw the letters one by one. If I cleaned up the kitchen then she got out a thing of animal crackers and threw them on the floor one by one. My little sabatour almost had the best of me one thing at a time!

I called my mother almost in tears and told her everything. My mother laughed. She thought it was really funny! After a minute I realized it was funny and I needed to not take myself so seriously. Then she said, "Lulu is just trying to do what you are doing but she doesn't realize that you are not just moving things around you are actually accomplishing something."

I came a decision that I was going to put an end to the sabotage! I picked up all of her toys and put them out of her reach! Then I proceeded to vaccuum and so on. I did return the toys when I was through cleaning.

I learned two good lessons today through that. 1) Don't take life (especially house cleaning) too seriously. And 2) Involve or distract would-be saboteurs.

Happy feast day St. Therese! My patron saint!!

7 comments:

  1. Ah, my life. I can't seem to get anything done now that Lboy is walking. I don't mind when the livingroom is messy, but I do mind when the kitchen & my bedroom are messy.

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  2. I let the bedroom go but the living room... that is a different matter all together! The kitchen/dining room/living room area is what I keep the cleanest.

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  3. Your Post Messes | Gluten Free Mommy is really Nice.I love reading Posts on messy bedroom...Thanks.

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  4. Thanks for sharing. Always good to find a real exerpt.

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  5. Stellar work there everyone. I'll keep on reiandg.

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  6. Home run! Great suligngg with that answer!

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  7. Great thinking! That ralely breaks the mold!

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