I spent all day yesterday cleaning house and really only got the living room done. Was it such a mess? I didn't think so but that is the extent of the area that looks nice after all my work. I got out my timer and flipped open my old Flylady notebook (Control Journal) and spent the whole dang day cleaning, which is completely against the Flylady's advice but anyway I had to start somewhere! Flylady suggests working in 15 minute increments which I did. Gather up all the Christmas things for 15 minutes. Go do the laundry. Put Christmas things away for 15 minutes. Wash the breakfast dishes. Bring out the knick-knacks for the living room and dust. As I was hauling those back down I thought,
"If I just left all this stuff in this box that they've been in for the past month that would give me a whole lot less to dust this next year. If someone accidentally threw out the box would I really miss it that much? Maybe this is just clutter."
I spent 15 minutes setting it all up anyway. Most of it is my cat knick-knack collection. I went and read a book on my 15 minutes off. And so on and so on throughout the day until the living room looked pretty good.
Today and tomorrow Tetsu and I are devoting the end of the year to housecleaning (along with every one else in Japan) and I will attack the sewing room while he does the laundry room. He is so much better at cleaning than I am. (I am a better cook. But I've told you how poor a cook I am so feel pity for us.)
As I was setting out things in my living room yesterday I got to put up this cute little basket lamp that Marlene had given me. Isn't this sweet? It has so much detail with the rattan flowers and even little rattan handbag. Such a cute piece for my collection of cats!