I am needing a little Christmas.
When our last child left home in 1995 I did not put up a Christmas tree or decorations for the next nine years. Our youngest daughter and her husband came out for Christmas in 2006 and I had the tree up that year. The next year, 2007, Joe was in the hospital being treated for Prostate Cancer and I had the tree up that year.
My poor Joe. He was beside himself that year (2007). He had convinced himself that he had ruined my Christmas by being in the hospital. The tree was up that year and brightly lit for his arrival home.
That was the last year the tree was up. This year I have decided to get with the program and begin the Christmas decorating of my home. First I have to clean my house before I begin. Not the whole house just the Master Bedroom and a little corner of the Living Room where the tree will be.
This current week , November 19th through the 26th, the Cleaning Zone the Flylady way is the Master Bedroom. Having been gone most of the week traveling to and from Colorado and Thanksgiving yesterday I have not done any cleaning in the Master Bedroom.
Flylady has a section on her website for Crisis Cleaning. This is when you have CHAOS – “C”an’t “H”ave “A”nyone “O”ver “S”yndrome.
“Crisis Cleaning” is done in her 15 minute increments. Begin in one room for 15 minutes then go to another room for the next 15 minutes, then on to another room for 15 minutes, then you get a 15 minute break. After the rest period is over you go back to the first room for 15 minutes and continue on until you have the work done. Hopefully long before you collapse in fatigue.
Hidden under all this stuff…oh don’t you just love my door stop :-)….is a scroll saw, a bench grinder, and a stand for the scroll saw. The stand currently props up the duffel bag suitcase we take out on the road with us.
This sleeping bag is part of the “dump and run” during our brief times at home.
Dust is all over in this room and it is pretty bad.
More dust on the dresser and the headboard of the bed.
The plan is to spend 15 minutes in the Master Bedroom dusting and vacuuming then go in the Living Room for 15 minutes.
Things were working out pretty well….at first. I intended to get the corner of the Living Room cleaned where the Christmas tree resides in its bag. That is the red thing leaning against the wall in the above photo.
I have a bookshelf in the corner that needs to be tended to so I don’t knock the books off when I put the tree up. The whole space needs to be vacuumed and dusted. It is just as bad as the bedroom.
Okay, things were going along really well. The bedroom curtains were in the wash. Joe was fixing the curtain rod that had gone all wonky from our dog lying on the bottom of the drapes that puddled on the floor.
Things were going well until….I decided to clean off the bookshelf. One pile of books lead to another pile of books, which lead to another pile of books. All to dust and clean off the bookshelf.
The books have taken up the whole floor.
And more piles of books.
And more books 😦
My “Perfectionism” has taken over. I mean, get real here. All of the books absolutely HAVE to be put in order by authors. Now, not by alphabetical and perfectly ordered by author and book title name. I mean, I do have some sense to not let my perfectionism totally take over 🙂
Now I have two rooms that are a total wreck right now. There are paths through these rooms and I’m thinking I’ve gone and done just exactly what Flylady says NOT to do. Flylady says not to make a mess that will take longer than 15 minutes to clean up.
So the rest of today I will be making an attempt to put the books back on the shelves. Don’t quite know how I’m going to accomplish this task because there are more books than shelves to put them on 😦 Good grief. I have made a huge mess for myself. All to clean out one little corner of the Living Room to put the Christmas tree up and catch up on this week’s zone work in the Master Bedroom.
So, take this as a cautionary tale. This is how NOT to clean the Flylady way.