Wednesday, April 9, 2014


I've confessed this on my blog before, but I'll say it again.  I am a terrible housekeeper.  This is a problem not only because my house is a disaster area, but because I like things to be organized.  I like things to look neat, clean, and pretty.  And it really gets to me when it's not.

The problem is I just get overwhelmed.


I want to spring clean.  I want to get organized.  I want to--really, I do, but I just don't know where to start.

Here's what happens.  I get the house clean, organized and looking great.  The next thing I know we're sitting stuff down on the table to put away "later", or putting things on the landing to take upstairs the "next time" we go up.  Friends, we bought toilet paper the last time we went on a big grocery shopping trip (almost 2 months ago), and it's STILL sitting on the landing.  (You will be relieved to know that we do still have a supply in the cabinet upstairs....)


The other problem is that I am a perfectionist.  When Scott is home and we're cleaning, I get frustrated because I want things done a certain way and in a certain place.  If anyone is going to get things organized, I need it to be me.

I know that this is not good.  It gets worse because when I try to tackle the job alone, I get overwhelmed and give up.

I was putting away some laundry last night, and I was in a near panic-attack because everything is such a mess.  Our closets are a mess, Scott has hangers all over the floor, there are clothes (not mine) everywhere but in the hamper, I was tripping over things while trying to put away the laundry.  (AND WHY DON'T HIS SOCKS EVER MATCH UP!?)  Even typing about it right now, I'm getting worked up again.  I was pretty much in tears over the whole thing.

I honestly, desperately, need to figure out some way to over come this problem.  And then, I seriously, desperately, for my own sanity, need a housekeeper.

PLEASE tell me that there are other people out there who feel this way.  


Kim @ Kimberleys Quests said...

I absolutely feel this way! I hate the feeling of clutter and mess everywhere, but I can't seem to escape it!! Later always seems so appealing at the time, I can't help myself!

Susannah said...

Yeah, I'd definitely say that it would be worth your sanity to hire a housekeeper. :-)

Rachel Ross said...

Right there with you!! I can never seem to keep up with everything and it drives me NUTS!!!

K. @ Life's an Adventure said...

LOL'ed at the toilet paper, and I COMPLETELY commiserate with the clothes everywhere but in the hamper. Why?! I have almost broken my ankle tripping on jeans in the middle of the night, and once I swear I could have died because I was carrying a full laundry basket down the steps and tripped on sneakers in the middle of the landing. ARGH!!! And then there's the junk mail the just lands on the island in the kitchen. WHY.

Once I was complaining to my mom about similar things, because A never lived on his own- he moved out of his parents' and in with me- and she advised to just delegate several chores with him and get over myself. (Whenever I suspect I need to get over myself, I call my mom, and she usually confirms it.) It drives me nuts because it seems like he does them so slowwwwwly - but they do get done. I still get aggravated about it, especially at certain times of the month (ahem) but over time I seem to get less annoyed and more grateful. Bit by bit.

Lately I have been going with the theory that someday I will look back and remember the things I did instead of re-mop, re-dust, and re-scrub things. Right? Right.

Until then, I'm with you, sister.

Julie said...

You are NOT alone. I get completely overwhelmed with doing the cleaning/organizing and the upkeep. However, the short amount of time the house IS clean/organized is amazing. :)

Sarah Alway said...

Oh my gosh, I might as well have written this post myself; you've got it exactly right on! I am such a perfectionist that if I can't do something 100% right then I'd just rather not do it at all. It's a problem...

Kristin said...

I do feel this way. Right now, I'm in the conflict of having to wrap everything in Missouri up within the month and move to a house I've never seen before in Colorado (but in which my name is on the title to). Also, unemployment is on the horizon.
SO. That's my sob story.
I have a feeling that as soon as school is over, you'll have time to regroup. Hang in there.

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