|My ironing corner, a permanent fixture in the lounge, and piles of clothes that get strewn all over when kids hunt for school socks etc. Aaaargh!|
|Messy, overflowing bookcase :-(|
My house, over the past few weeks, has been a complete tip and I have had no motivation or inclination to do anything about it. If I was a person who could work in the middle of a big mess, this would be fine, but I'm not. My messy brain needs and ordered environment around it in order to function correctly. Strange but true. This isn't an unusual state of affairs for me to find myself in. It always happens, repeatedly, over and over.
It's not only with housework either. I find that I get very easily overwhelmed when faced with a lot to do. My tendency is to bury my head in the sand and hope it all goes away. There are other people like me out there, I know, because I meet them from time to time and we commiserate with one another, never moving any closer to actually cracking the problem.
Yesterday however, I had a long phone conversation with a friend of mine. A writer and broadcaster who is also a real go-getter believe it or not, she was sitting on her sofa feeling totally overfaced by the mountain of things she had to do, none of it anything she actually wanted to do, and was phoning people up instead of actually doing anything. We had a very liberating chat, in which we admitted we were OVERWHELMED. At the end, we both agreed that we would each do 30 minutes housework. Not too much to be daunting, but long enough to get something actually achieved. It really didn't seem as bad when I knew someone else was going to be suffering along with me. Here's what I did in my 30 minutes (it actually took 42 - I Mr Sheened the bookcase and cleaned the window too):
|Tidied bookcase! Hooray!|
|Tidied ironing corner! And a new rule - I put the ironing board away when I've finished using it.|
Apologies for this unromantic post folks, by the way. The next one will be better, I promise - it's high time I reported back on my hot date with my husband, after all!!