BLAH! Yup that’s how this Monday feels: BLAH! In fact a lot of days have felt this way recently. Between computer problems (yes that is why I haven’t been updating this blog), a busy family life, and just one thing after another, after another I have barely been able to keep my head above water. (As if everyone in the whole entirety of the world isn’t facing these same things on a day to day basis…ok…end rant.)
So that brings us to today. Monday. Again. No my Fall cleaning isn’t finished, (big surprise) and yes it is officially November (the month I said I would be done by) but *shrugs shoulders* somethings got to give sometimes and this time it was the heavy duty cleaning in light of the fact I scarcely found a minute to vacuum the floor. (By GOLLY twin one-year-olds can make a MESS!)
What does that leave for today on the home-front agenda? Its a day I like to refer to as:
10 SECOND TIDY DAY
Its a day where each room is given a 10 Second Tidy. What, you may be asking, is a 10 Second Tidy? Anyone remember a kids show called The Big Comfy Couch? If not, you missed out. But anyway there is a section of the show where the main character, a clown girl, looks around and sees what a big mess she has made during her play. She then sets the clock and does a 10 Second Tidy and quickly picks up all the stray toys and shoves them into her couch all taking about 10 seconds. Admittedly my version is more like 20 minutes but the name is just so cute and evokes a fun memory for me that it has stuck.
The essence of this quick tidy up is not perfection but fast results. Not everything will be put away, not every dish will be washed, not ever cob-web will be removed and that’s OK. It is meant to be a fast paced, get it done so its presentable kind of thing.
Here’s the basic approach to each room: I start in one corner and begin putting away items that I find there. Nothing fancy, just working around the room until all loose items are put away. For the play room and kids rooms this is mostly toys. For our bedroom its mostly clothes. The living room is usually a mixture of stuff belonging to other rooms so I tend to start there. That way I won’t have the frustration of checking a room off my 10 Second Tidy list only to find 15 things that need to be put away in that room later. By this point the floors are clear and I can vacuum. (It always amazes me how the act of vacuuming completes the cleaning process. Even if the floor didn’t look too bad to begin with, a quick glide of the vacuum and its like, “Wow, the room is clean!” Eh.. maybe its just me.) That just leaves the dreaded kitchen. *cue horror music here* *sigh* I may never conquer this beast of a room. Every time I turn around my kitchen is messy. But I am working on it and its times like this that I’m reminded of a song I learned as a child: He’s Still Working on Me. There is a line of the song that says,
There really ought to be a sign upon my heart: Don’t judge me yet, there’s an unfinished part. But I’m still worth it just according to His plan. I’m being fashioned by the Master’s loving hands.
It’s definitely something to remember on days like this when I could easily get frustrated with myself for not being everything I think I should be.
That’s what my Monday looks like. And just maybe by the end of it I’ll be able to say that it was MARVELOUS even if it didn’t start out that way. *smile*