Queen of Clean

Saturday, June 03, 2006

I like to have a clean house. I like to walk around and enjoy a dustless, clutter-free, lemon-scented environment.

Lately, I've had to relax my standards somewhat. Well, to be honest, this has been happening since the advent of children into our home--but at one point, I was happy if all the of toys were back in their allotted places by bedtime, so that for at least a few hours, I could feel like my living room was my own again. At that point, with a house only 2/3 this size, keeping my two bathrooms scrubbed and my counters clean was still fairly painless, even with two little boys wandering around it.

Thanks to our home's increased footage, not to mention bathroom count, and a saw-dusty, drywall-dusty, mussy, paint-cans-everywhere, tools-all-over-the-counter ongoing renovation project from heck in my kitchen, I've had to turn more blind eyes to the clutter surrounding me than should be physiologically possible. It's just for a season, goes the mantra rolling around in my brain.

Well, there's nothing like the prospect of company to send me flying around in a flurry of mops, sponges, and Mr. Clean. Last night I scrubbed four of our five bathrooms until they shone. (The fifth one has a toilet, patiently waiting to be re-attached to the floor after being Roto-Rootered for whatever blockage-causing item Jude flushed into it. So for that one, I just closed the door and tiptoed quietly away.) (And I don't really use Mr. Clean for anything--I just thought it had a nice ring in that sentence!) I attacked the mountain of laundry that never seems to get any smaller. And--you better sit down for this one--I even pulled out the VACUUM!!

Vacuuming has got to be my nemesis. I don't know why I hate it so much. The truly unfortunate part is that I'd say 70% of our floor space on the main level is carpet--including the area under the dining room table. What nincompoop ever thought that shag rug under a table was a good idea? Since moving here, some new additions to this already-stained haven of pestilence are a honey streak from when Jude was setting the table for breakfast, a tea splotch or two, and playdough in various colours, none of which match my other decor choices.

Back to vacuuming--the fortunate thing is, Jude thinks our vacuum is the coolest thing on the planet, and so when I pulled it out, he wanted to do the vacuuming. Okay, so he got bored with it about 30 seconds and two feet into the job, but last night I was further blessed by the fact that Jason then took over. What a wonderful man.

So, now I feel like I can present my house to guests, and not have them want to throw up in their mouths from the grunge, grime, gook, gunk, or any other g-affiliated words that may apply.

I should have company every week.

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Last night, I was wondering: When you swat a fly, and it's not quite dead yet when you throw it in the trash, does it think it's gone to heaven?

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In other breaking news, Jabin got his first two teeth this week. They busted through on Wednesday--the two bottom front. Although he has been much more content since this occurred, it makes me a little sad--I'll never have a toothless baby again. That's the bittersweetness of passing a milestone--there will never be a point where that milestone has un-happened again. While we don't want to stagnate, there is something in a mother's soul that wouldn't mind dragging those early childhood moments out a little, since they fly so fast, and too soon will be gone completely, and the kid will be moving out for college, and you'll be helping him pack his things into the back of an old Volkswagon Rabbit so he can head clear across the country to study in another province, and your nest will be empty, and you are left casting about helplessly like a fish out of water wondering what to do with your time and where your sweet little toothless baby went, anyway?

Okay, I'm done now.

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13 comments

  1. I know what you mean about relazxing standards. I used to be a complete control freak about cleanliness. You wouldn't know it if you saw my house now...

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  2. who is this company you speak of? you know i will have trouble speaking to you if i find so much as a SPECK of dust ANYWHERE. heh, heh.

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  3. Rohini - Hmm, AND you have maids. I'm quickly losing hope that I will ever have a state of total cleanliness at one time for another, oh, twenty years or so. Perhaps a housekeeper isn't the answer. Maybe if I lock my kids in their rooms all day, with only a few toys and some books they've already nearly destroyed, and shove bread and water through a crack in the door a few times a day, I can keep my house clean.

    Oh, never mind. Suddenly a clean house doesn't seem so important, after all.

    Colleen - Well, don't get all self-important! We were actually thinking that Darryl & Amanda might be staying tonight, as well, but that fell through. So, I guess it was all just for you. (Although the kids pretty much trashed the guest room today while Jason was watching them with Magnusson's kids. Sigh. I love how house rules leave the house with Mommy.) (Oh, and I was just kidding. You are a VIP in my books.)

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  4. 5 BATHROOMS?!?!?!?!?!
    WHO ONE EARTH NEEDED TO BUILD A HOUSE WITH 5 BATHROOMS.
    Lucky You

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  5. I would like to eat rice pudding off the floor. Oh, just kidding of course you know this etc, etc.

    That's too bad that Darryl and Amanda weren't able to hang with thee!

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  6. I totally know what you mean about relaxing the standards. I ony hired the house keeper so that i can get across the kitchen flor with out getting stuck on it! Our house also grew in size along with our family and with the kids they couldn't be contained to just one area uless you"lock em up" then you can't enjoy them. Just remember in 18 years you'll still be cleaning a house but you wont have little ones around to enjoy! Right?

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  7. oooohh this is my first time here...saw the word CANADA and i grinned.. i LOVE canada... lived there for 5 years...one year in Calgary...and the rest of the time in Toronto..sigh i miss it so much..( i know this is TOTALLy unrelated to your post)...sigh...and ive gone and married an AMERICAN!!! ah my gadd!! lol.. i so wanna go back to canada some day.

    :) sorry if i seem a little crazy...lol..

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  8. Peggy Sue - I know, it's actually too many. Like my husband says, though, the more you have, the more they break down. (Not to mention the more you have to clean!) We currently have two toilets that are AWOL, and the bathroom downstairs needs to be completely redone. It's functional, but barely.

    Lucky? I dunno.

    Colleen - I am typing this while I am anxiously awaiting your arrival on my doorstep, which is hopefully only minutes away. YAAAAYYY! Perhaps I can persuade you to not rush off first thing in the morning?

    Christa - "Cleaning a house with children in it is like shoveling the walk while it's still snowing." 'Nuff said.

    Grafx - Hey! Thanks for stopping by my site! I've popped into your blog at least once before, and thought it was cute! (Sorry, me no commenty. :-( I'll comment next time I'm there.) Anyhoo, all forms of craziness are acceptable here, except the kind that compels people to make creepy phone calls and breathe heavily into the receiver before hanging up again.

    AMERICAN?! Oh, my goodness, I don't know if I can ... Oh, wait, my mother married an American and resides in Arkansas. My brother also resides Stateside. My ancestors migrated through the States before landing in Alberta. Half of my relatives have migrated back there. I guess Americans are okay. You can stay! ;-)

    Hey, I just popped over to your blog again quickly--I like the new template! I've been working on a new one for my blog, but it's taking really freakin' long, because I have had to prioritize other projects above it (like cleaning, obviously.) Great job!

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  9. I know I should congratulate you on keeping such a clean house and all, but I'd rather fixate on your thought about the fly. That was a freakin hilarious thought about the fly. haha!

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  10. Wow! Jabin already had his first teeth!! Man, time flys. Can't wait to see him and the other two ankel biters.

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  11. Well, T. I'm typing away listening to you influence your awesome boys into a period of quietness. It's so good to be here! Why can't I just talk to you directly? Alas, I have become to used to writing to you that audible sound somehow just doesn't do it for me anymore.

    By the way ... great rice pudding. :)

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  12. Kelly - LOL! Hey, SOMEBODY had to comment about the fly--glad it was you! Glad it brought a giggle to your day. I owe ya' a few.

    Ang - Soon, and very soon--Yay! only two more weeks!

    Colleen - How bad is this? You're at the other computer in the same room with me! 'Kay, let's go do something else, already!

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  13. wanna go use the guest computer downstairs? no glare on the monitor ....

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