Sunday, December 28, 2008

CONFESSIONS OF A MARGINAL HOUSEKEEPERI don't have much to say, specifically. Just wanted to blog so here I am. I hope you all had a lovely Christmas. Ours was very nice. We have been spending our days with family and friends, cramming in as much visiting as we can before normal life resumes.
Of course, normal life seems like a far distant memory right now, while I am in the throes of "morning" sickness. In all fairness, so far, it has been very manageable and much better than past pregnancies. But, things still suffer. Namely, housekeeping.

I will be the first to confess that my housekeeping can be a little lacking. I banish clutter on a daily basis, but as for the other kinds of know, dusting, mopping, and such...those I can overlook a little more easily. Very easily, actually. I know it drives my mother and mother in law crazy. They have hinted at/said as much:::smile/roll eyes/grimace:::but, over these last few weeks, even I have been feeling a little overwhelmed by the state of my house.
I give you Exhibit A:Significant improvement was visible after only 15 minutes of racing-the-timer in each room. Here, Exhibit B:Beyond that, white Christmas lights and cinnamon sticks simmering on the stove can do WONDERS for a less-than-immaculate house.


  1. That's a nice photo of your living room. You've just proven that it doesn't take that long; 15 mins. at a time. We both need to get back on the Flylady bandwagon. We know that works.

  2. Anonymous11:45 PM

    Your living is beautiful and your house did clean up so nicely within just a few minutes.

    It's so hard to get things done those first months due to fatigues and morning sickness. Don't be too hard on yourself. It'll wait for you.

  3. Anonymous8:09 AM

    Personaly I prefered the before shots, your house looks lived in by an active family, just as it should. As my granny used to say 'the house will be there when you aint'.
    Greetings from Scotland

  4. THANK YOU for posting your before pictures! All of the pictures you post are always of a beautiful, well-kept home and I've always felt a little down on myself that our boys are the same age and my house generally looks like your before pictures. It's just nice to know that I'm not the only one that gets behind on housework. :)

    As always, I want to be you when I grown up! You have such a better handle on so many things than I. :)

  5. I too am behind! And for once I don't really mind!

  6. yes, i get overwhelmed and then realize that just a few minutes of care really does wonders (for me it does wonders mentally more than anything!...I feel so much better!) Great post...and yes, some simmering yummys does do lots!

  7. I like to dust the baseboards with pledge and shine the stove and bathroom fixtures with windex. It seems really silly but sparkle seems to impress people. Also during cold season, I like to lysol door knobs, light switches and phones.

  8. oh mine too - my house can get so messy. then i pick it up. but it's never perfect! great post, hope you had a wonderful christmas!

  9. Anonymous11:31 AM

    love the pictures. merry belated christmas!

  10. Thanks for stopping by:)

    I took your advice and opened up an Etsy shop. I have nothing on it, but at least all the set-up is complete.

    Thank you and wish you were here to go through my house!

    ha-ha...however I'm a bit more like your mother in liking to have more than the functional around. :)

    Happy New Year, Laurel Dear!


  11. Wow, I'm impressed, Laurel! You got a lot done really fast. And your house is so charming! Love it.

    Susan :-)

  12. what a pretty house! i love it. thanks for sharing!

    and way to go on the speed-cleaning.