Wednesday, April 02, 2008

House Cleaning

I'll be the first to admit - I'm not domestic. I don't really cook (and can't without a recipe), I don't sew (but I have a nifty little tool that puts buttons back in with plastic), and I really don't like to houseclean. Unfortunately, it is a necessary evil. So Saturday, I started the big clean and realized why I don't like doing it - because I'm too easily destracted.

Now my house is fairly small - 1800sf - and it's just me, the dog and the cat, so it doesn't get really messy. So this should be a fairly simple and speedy process, right? Nooooooooo. Take for instance, I started with the master bath, which was going well until I had to deal with trying to get the dirt and grim out of my incredibly slow-draining tub. Finally deciding I'd been standing in water while I showered long enough, I headed to the store to buy some Liquid Plumber and wala - the tub was fixed.

Then it was on to the master bedroom, where I was doing good until I got to dusting the dresser that my tv sits on. And that's when I remembered that something was wrong with the hook up I'd done for the DVD player and the colors were all wrong. So what do I do - pull the dresser out, break out the instruction manuals and spend 45 minutes rewiring the DVD player to the tv.

So you get the picture, right? And rest assured, I tried to block my closet out of my mind entirely or I'd still be in there.

And then on Sunday, I couldn't stand the clothes situation any longer. You see, I've lost some weight recently and have changed clothes sizes - 2 to 3 clothes sizes depending on the designer. Now, I have smaller clothes in storage containers because I always figured on losing the weight and didn't want to get rid of them as they're all cute and fun and a lot of them have matching shoes. But every morning when I'm trying to get ready for work, I had to dig longer and harder to find something that didn't fall off.

So I tackled the closet on Sunday. Ugh!

You KNOW you can't just check the size and discard an article of clothing. All clothes run different so that means I had to try on darned near everything! Do you have any idea how long that takes?????? Well, I can give you an idea - I watched Season 2 and half of Season 3 of the X-Files while doing it. But miracle of miracles, my closet is finally cleared of all the bigger sizes. Now if I just get all the smaller ones out of the storage containers - and ironed (double ugh), I might have something to hang in there again.

And for any of you who think I might be exaggerating the extent of my woes, here's a photo of the "removals" that are waiting for a friend to dig through them and take what she wants. Mind you, this photo does NOT include the 5 garbage bags already full and ready for donation.


Tori Lennox said...

I can totally sympathize. I'm a horrible housekeeper. I desperately need to dust in my bedroom. But does it actually get done? Of course not. I'm easily distracted too. :)

Jana DeLeon said...

lol tori - must be that creative side, you think?

Dru said...

The thing that I noticed first I wonder what books are on the shelf over there.

Unfortunately I'm the person that most dislike..very organized.

Jana DeLeon said...

dru - I am mostly very organized too. That's why I had to do something about the clothes. Gets on my nerves after a while.

Wendy Roberts said...

Not organized and not tidy. I cook out of necessity 'cause my kids would become cannibalistic if I didn't! I want to hear about your neat button tool.

Jana DeLeon said...

LOL Wendy - it's one of those Seen on TV things. I think I got it at Walgreens.

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