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Spring cleaning: a lofty goal

March 7, 2010 - Jennifer Brookens

Five minutes after The Boy is up from his nap, the TV room is trashed again. The Girl has bailed on her "I promise, I swear" to show us that she is ready to receive an allowance by disappearing after her first trip upstairs to put away clothes and toys. But then again, she may have gotten lost in her messy room. Again.

It reminds me of how our home turned into such a pig sty in the first place. The last time I had a full-fledged clutter busting for the entire house was when the nesting instinct of my last pregnancy kicked in. This was confirmed when I found some "Congratulations, It's A Boy!" cards that were unopened at the bottom of a pile that accumulated on one of the hutches and desks meant to organize. At least now I know why we don't get invited to parties anymore.

And I know I can't lay the blame solely on the kids. I've never been a neatnik, and the packrat gene does run in my family. But I at least try to keep it in living standards so we don't risk being condemned by the Board of Health.

So my goal has been just one little area a week in addition to "living" standards. I did get to the bottom of that pile on the hutch (already undone thanks to my daughter's "art show" and report card/parent teacher conference day). Yes, there are going to be more weekends when I will have to grab a giant garbage bag, take a deep breath, and start shoveling. And perhaps in time for a May birthday cookout, I may not be ashamed to bring friends into my home. Until I turn around and see my kids' latest project and game has taken over the downstairs again.

Such is life.




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