“My theory on housework is, if the item doesn’t multiply, smell, catch fire, or block the refrigerator door, let it be. No one else cares. Why should you?”

The day is warmer than it has been. The little snow left is melting. It’s cloudy and breezy. I did go out yesterday and got my errands done so today is an around the house day. That laundry I keep talking about is still upstairs and needs to come downstairs to get washed.  I put that on the maybe list.

Last night I used the sleeve of my sweatshirt to dust the bottom shelf of the desk. It had so much dust I could have written a whole novel, okay maybe a short story, in the dust the same way Clean Me is often written on cars’ back windows. I then moved to dust around the TV. I even did the remotes. I stopped there before the dusting could take hold of me.

I get absorbed into tasks which then lead to other tasks which then go on and on with me in a bit of a frenzy. The dusting in here would have led to the living room and then the dining room and kitchen. From there I’d move on to sweeping floors and wet mopping the kitchen floor. I wouldn’t just go to bed when I was done. I’d change sheets first.

The couch in here, the den, isn’t all that old, but Fern used it to sharpen her claws so the stuffing is popping up behind the pillows, but I’m the only one who knows because the white stuffing is hidden by the pillows. Gracie slept in the same spot on the couch, but I have washed the couch covers many times. I know I’ll have to break down and buy a new couch, but the problem is you never just put in a new couch. Instead, there is the domino effect. The three baskets under the large metal table here will have to be cleaned out. Books will go down to the cellar to make the room less cluttered, but I’ll have to put up shelves for those books and clean the cellar to make room for the shelves. I’ll need a dumpster. The cellar is the repository of anything I no longer use. Most of what’s there can be tossed, but I’ll have to hire someone for the heavier stuff, maybe a couple of someones. I’ll need bins for storage on those shelves which I don’t have yet. I’ll probably need hooks from the ceiling for my bike and some of the more awkward items.

First I dusted then I wet mopped then I bought a new couch. After that, I winnowed stuff from the baskets in this room and finally moved on to reorganizing and cleaning the cellar; however, all of that, except for the dusting, is from my imagination where I choose to keep it because winter is not the time for cleaning. That would be in spring. Until then I’m very good at doing nothing and waiting, especially the doing nothing part.

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10 Comments on ““My theory on housework is, if the item doesn’t multiply, smell, catch fire, or block the refrigerator door, let it be. No one else cares. Why should you?””

  1. olof1 Says:

    Yes there’s always the danger of the domino effect and it must be stopped long before it goes too far 🙂 🙂 🙂 That’s why I haven’t done a thing besides the laundry in several weeks 🙂 🙂

    I do need a new sofa too. Nova suddenly got the idea that she would start digging in it before she went to sleep so now it looks awful. I could of course make new ones if I wanted, they are quite easy to do if one likes sewing but I must admit I’m not a fan of that 🙂

    It is snowing lightly here right now and I have no idea how long it will go on since they never predicted any snow for this weekend 🙂 🙂

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      I am in total agreement with your first paragraph. Just stop cleaning until the feeling goes away. I, however, have to bring my cleaned laundry upstairs. It’s time,

      I have too wait a while before I get another sofa. I’d like to get another boxer at some point. I hate the loneliness of my house right now. Maddie stays close and keeps her eyes on me as she too is missing Gracie.

      It stayed fairly warm all day, but I didn’t go out. Staying home just felt right.

      Have a great evening!

  2. Birgit Says:

    This morning I thought I should spend an hour on cleaning. Now it’s 9.30 pm. Too late to start. Maybe tomorrow. Or in spring.
    Btw, is the spring cleaning bug is also affected by the current insect extinction? We’ll see.

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      There is always tomorrow when it comes to cleaning. I’d hate to make it a habit. I do hope that the cleaning bug becomes extinct.

  3. flyboybob Says:

    Clean is overrated. There’s evidence that our obsession with defeating germs is harming our immune systems. 🙂 I think that the creation story is basically man’s sanitary version of where we came from. I subscribe to a different senario. When the earth was very young and very baron aliens stopped off here to have a picnic and left a large amount of garbage. Over time their garbage became rotted and became the carbon base of all life on earth. It’s nicer to think that a fatherly supreme being created everything from nothing rather than thinking that we all came from garbage. 🙂 Some of us are still closer to garbage than they think. 🙁

    Today it’s sunny and breezy with the temperature topped out at a balmy 72 degrees.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      I love crisp clean sheets. I’m not sure I buy your alien theory. I figure we are the guilty parties leaving trash.

      When I was little, I abided dirt far more than I do now.

      Traveling in Ghana sometimes took 15 or more hours to get from my town to the coast. I was always filthy upon arrival from traveling over unpaved roads. I didn’t care. It was the price of travel, but upon arrival, I did shower right away.

      It was in the low 40’s today, a heat wave.

  4. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    You had me there for a second. I thought that last paragraph was an addendum and that you really had bought a new couch.
    I have to get a new couch, too, but I’d have to shovel out the living room first. I did clean up a fair amount and it now looks like I have half again more room in the room than I did before.

    I have done the dumpster thing in this house twice. It’s very therapeutic. The cellar is still free of accumulation as are a couple of downstairs rooms. The upstairs rooms need at least two dumpsters but I want the ones with the chutes that go out the windows and down to the dumpsters. I just want to fling stuff out the window and not have to bag and drag it. That would be even more therapeutic. 😀

    It was mostly cloudy and damp here. It was warmer but there was a breeze and it didn’t really feel all that much warmer. Oh, well.

    Enjoy the evening.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      My cellar is a repository of the last 40 years. You’ll find a computer, a TV, old useless furniture, a couple of tires for a car long gone, clothes that don’t fit, decorations for every holiday especially Christmas and too much more to add. It would take a couple of dumpsters. The crawl space in my room is the only other place needing a dumpster. It has clothes, books and a giant dog bed, and I don’t know what else.

      As long as I am the only one who knows Fern’s couch pullings, I’ll keep this couch. I have a big vet bill which has to be paid first. It dates back to the fall when Gracie was at the CARE vets for four or so night in a row. It was $75.00 just to walk in the door and add to that Gracie recent charges including her acupuncture, and finally there is the bill from last week.

      It was cloudy here but the clouds were light so the day was brighter even without the sun. I went nowhere today, but I did get the laundry put away. It had been sitting in the cellar for close to two weeks. That gave me a sense of accomplishment.

      Have a great evening.

      • Caryn Says:

        I sympathize with the vet bills. So far I’m over $4000.00 into Piki Dog’s meningeal adventure and still have a few more months to go. And no guarantees, though the neurologist is very pleased with his progress. I’m holding my thumbs.
        My couch has cat pullings around the back. But it’s a sleep sofa and needs a new mattress so that whoever sleeps on it will not be crippled.

      • katry Says:

        I am also over $4000 for Gracie and that does not include the last visit and the rest including her paw print. Now Maddie is being weird and not using the puppy pads. I hope she is okay. I’ll watch a day or two before I take her to the vets.

        Mine is just a regular old couch. I slept on it for close to 4 months because of Gracie and the stairs. It was okay for my back.


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