Wednesday, June 9, 2010

When I'm Overwhelmed...

For some reason, if I'm ever really overwhelmed (more than usual...I think I may be overwhelmed till I die), and I just want to sit on the couch and watch mindless TV and let someone else chase the toddler all around and remove him from dangerous situations, I have a little "go-to-solution" that is fun and seriously always gets my house clean and me feeling out of my funk.
It's such a dance and I don't like getting messed up so it is better done when it is just me and Barclay. Or just me. It goes like this:

Watch a mindless show until the commercial break. Pause it (we have DVR the best invention ever). Set the alarm on the stove for 10 minutes and pick a room. For 10 minutes straighten that room. It's actually fun! It's a race and I know it will be over in 10 minutes. It's pretty much amazing how clean a very dirty room can get after just 10 minutes of steady attention. Then I do something for myself. Like get dressed (yes, about half of these are done with my ratty robe flying open to reveal my nekedness) or brush my teeth. Then I go back and watch till another commercial break.

So that's about 18 minutes per room...I have nine rooms...that's about 3 hours. But I will have watched a few shows, cleaned almost my entire house, and usually I'm decently ready for the day...or bedtime...whichever comes first.

That's just my weird but normal way to get stuff done on days I don't want to do a thing. Today is one of those days. So I'm sitting here in my robe, staring at Facebook and trying to get Barclay to stop eating unpeeled bananas, and I thought if I wrote about it...I wouldn't have to do it.

I think I'll watch HORDERS...that usually lights a fire under me.


  1. That's a really good idea. And DVR is one of the best inventions ever.

  2. Thats awesome, Helen Joy. It reminds me of my mom. She would have a 10 minute pick up in the evenings and Dad and I were home in the evenings and we'd drop everything and each tackle a different part of the house for 10 minutes. Barclay will remember your clean-up routine fondly :)

    BTW this is Stephanie C (or Marion). Love the blog! I've followed it for a while.


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