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Thursday, April 01, 2010

dirty little secret


I'm a slob. Jeremiah's a slob too, but he grew up in a very tidy home. I wonder if he'd have had second thoughts when we were dating if he'd known then that I'd only clean our master bath toilet after it looked like a gas station toilet. Don't worry visitors, I try to keep the other bathrooms presentable! Bathrooms are just not my thing. Housekeeping is just not my thing. I think if I'd sent a pic of our bathroom yesterday to Jeremiah's mom & sister 9 years ago, they would have told him to run! If my b-i-l's wives had been sent the same pic, they may have changed their mind about joining the family. I had decided my slothen ways were just due to laziness. But I don't know that that's really the case. I do plenty of other things without laze. I think it's just that I don't want to, which to me is different than simply being lazy. That & my twisted thinking. Take my time issues for example. I've been "on time" for something just a handful of times in my life. I think that if I get somewhere 5 minutes before the start time that I'm early. Normal people would consider that on time. I've actually had the thought before that if I got somewhere a couple minutes before the appt, what would I do for that couple of minutes? I'd be bored! So instead of being a calm, normal, timely person my whole life is rushing from one place, taking my time, and rushing to the next! I create chaos for myself & my family. Back to cleaning - same distorted mentality. If my kitchen is almost completely clean it's good enough for me. I have to REALLY force myself to spend 5 more minutes getting it totally spotless - taking care of those few things on the counter that I just don't want to & that's why they've been sitting there for a couple of days anyway. So there you have it - TWO dirty secrets about me (and I thought I was just going to be writing about one). Pray for my children! LOL

10 talk to me:

Caitlin said...

I'm with you. I frequently ask Ammon to clean the bathroom toilet and tub, mainly because it just grosses me out. I definitely can't clean hair out of the drain. I've started keeping a container of Clorox disinfecting wipes on the counter in my kitchen and both bathrooms so that it's an easy fix to just wipe the counters down whenever they need it. Otherwise, they would have to be really gross before I would convince myself to do it. This way, it only takes 30 seconds right before bed.

Brit and Summer said...

If that's all you got, you are doing great! Don't stress about a dirty toilet:) What kid ever thanks their mom after they are grown for having their bathroom spick and span. No one! Remember life is short...enjoy it!

trina said...

i'm totally that way too. i hate cleaning bathrooms. i secretly thing that the reason i make my kids take showers instead of baths is because the tub is too gross. i dont like cleaning it. now THAT is a dirty little secret. :) thanks for sharing!

Chelsea said...

ryan thanks his mom for having a clean house. Actually, he just lets me know that his mom always had a clean house and 9 kids. humph.

Dansie Family said...

i hate cleaning anything. i am a serious slob, poor tom. he can't stand it and always cleans up after me. i do feel pretty good when i get a bathroom or a bedroom or a kitchen spotless, and should remember that good feeling so i do it more often. when i occasionally get in the cleaning mood, i do like things organized. there is nothing more satisfying than a nicely sorted and organized toy cupboard or lego or knex boxes. i love sorting the playmobil and petshops too.

Richelle said...

hahaha. i love this post hillary. you are awesome. and it's ok that cleaning and being on time just aren't you. being creative and calm are, and i really love that about you. we'll see what my true colors are after i have a few kids :)

Janelle said...

Wow you just described me. I am sorry but I am glad that i am not the only one out there. I am glad that I am not the only one that waits for the toilet to get disgusting before I give in and clean it. Part of my reasoning is I want to see if it will ever get dirty enough for Brad to clean it... never does :)

Loretta said...

Hillary,
You made my day. I really needed a good laugh. I love you just like you are. You have enough good qualities that you're a keeper. It's so much easier to not have too many messes when you're 70, although grandpa and I can make our share. Jerry & Jill stopped by on Monday and the kitchen was a disaster - oh well! I love all the fun things you do and wish I could be the leprechaun and just observe.

Loretta said...

Hillary,
Well, so much for my creativity. I wrote a comment and immediately wiped it out by pushing the wrong button. I love your comments. I really needed a good laugh. Just so you know, we love you just like you are - you're a keeper. You have so many good qualities and you and Jeremiah are enjoying being parents and your kids love you, what more can you ask. Would love to be a leprechaun and sneak in and watch all the fun festivities. Housework is always there. If you don't get to it today, it'll still be there tomorrow. I had a good friend once who said she didn't come to see my house she came to visit me. i still love her for that.

Kathleen said...

I am so right there with you. Unfortunately, Jeff is a clean freak - but neither of my kids got that gene, whew! Usually Jeff does the cleaning, and I tell him "thank you" a lot. He has not given up, though, on turning me into a clean freak. Poor guy!