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getting it back to a routine
i've gotten out of the habit of routinely 'cleaning' my house, it's been this way for many years now, probably the same year i became ill with the depression (about 2006) i did less & less. sure, the dishes got washed, food was cooked, benches were cleaned, bathroom wiped down & floors swept but no major cleaning was done. while the kids still lived here it was 'cleaned' but never thoroughly, the breeze blows & the house fills up with dust, fur, leaves, usually straight after sweeping...
i've become worse with my cleaning since being on my own, just couldn't be bothered with it, didn't need it, it will still be there tomorrow & as we all know 'tomorrow' never comes. well, on the weekend i declared, 'enough is enough selina' time to get back into a routine of cleaning, starting on monday (today) i would do the bathroom & the toilet.
well, woke up late, still with the mindset of cleaning the bathroom & toilet (this is good) when i was making brekkie my sister text & wanted to Skype, (okay there's goes my cleaning) so we chatted for a couple of hours, while chatting i did manage to do a few loads of washing.
well, after getting off skype i decided i still wanted to clean the bathroom, so i put some hot water in tub & threw in a spot of bleach (vanish oxi bleach) & got the dust pan brush, cause i don't own a scrubbing brush, first with the broom i brushed down all the walls, too many cobwebs & spiders. then i scrubbed the lot, from the walls to the skirting boards & the door & frame, took over 3 hours scrubbing & still didn't look very clean! we have hard water here & get calcium build up on the walls, this does not scrub off, i started scraping it with a knife but i think if i keep up with doing a clean once a week i might just get it all off by the end of the year! honestly, i'd rather be knitting or gardening but seriously my poor house needs some TLC from me & i have to start somewhere...
have been reading jennys' blog & like her idea of 'gentle domesticity' thought i might give it a go & start with just one or two rooms at a time & slowly just bring it all back gradually, if i try to go all out & do all of it i will lose interest again & nothing will get done. the bathroom was all i could manage today, when i went to put everything back in, i did notice it was cleaner & it did look much better too! that made me feel good. not sure when i will tackle the toilet, was thinking i'd do it tomorrow but will be out at my market gardens for most of the morning, perhaps i will wait & see how i feel when i get home.
sorry to bore you all with my cleaning inability but i just had to write it down somewhere & i will probably bore you all with the next room on the agenda too cheers
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