Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Putting myself out there.

I decided that today I would bare it all. Now, before you all run screaming and throwing bleach in your eyes...not ME baring it all. I mean what my house looks like RIGHT NOW.

Now, I've been "sick" for about five weeks, and am finally on the mend. When I say sick, I mean that I was sick sick, but since then I haven't been able to get rid of my horrendous cough. It keeps me up at night, it keeps me down during the day, it just exhausts me.

And my kiddos have taken advantage of my lack of attention, as evidenced by my "before" pics.

So, shall we proceed?

Here is my front room, looking in from my kitchen area. If you were to come through my front door, you would see this room right away and back right out the door. I was even gracious enough to stand back far enough so you could see my messy dining table too. It's kind of dark, but if you look closely enough, you can see the piles of laundry on the couch. These were done intermittently, and my family was lucky enough that I took the clean clothes out of the dryer, much less folded them. But apparently they can't take the folded piles and put them away.

We're walking, we're walking...

Next we visit the kitchen. At one point, in the past five weeks, EVERY. SINGLE. DISH. we owned was dirty. I think my kids have forgotten that we have running water...and a dishwasher. Oh, and apparently "empty the dishwasher" means take all the clean storage containers out and leave them on the counter. I'm such a proud mom. I feel sorry for all future spouses. And your eyes do not deceive you: that is an iron on the kitchen counter.

We're walking, we're walking...

As we walk toward the family room, we quickly pass by the newest addition to our home; our back room. Notice the vacuum cleaner neatly displayed in the center of the room? My children have to walk past that vacuum cleaner each and every time they let the dogs out. God forbid they actually wrap up the cord and put it away.

Now! We've made it to the family room. Oh, the family room. Notice all of the empty dishes on the end tables? This is what happens when mom isn't right on top of them at all times. Because, after almost 17, 14, and 10 years on this planet and under my care...my kids STILL don't know that dirty dishes go in the kitchen after you're done. And yes, I allow them to eat in the family room WAY too much. That's my bad.

Turning to your right...

We have the other side of the family room, complete with a bajillion video game systems, movies scattered everywhere, doors wide open on entertainment centers, cords everywhere. And a yellow chair?

Now, I'm hoping that you haven't, but if you have clicked on these pics, you can probably see how much dust is in my house. Heck, you can probably write your name in it from where you're sitting. I am NOT duster. It's always been the very last thing on my cleaning list, and most times I just don't do it. I'm trying to change, though. Also, my carpets are filthy. Remember the vacuum cleaner a few pics up? Yeah. It's been there for a LONG time.

After a few hours of clean up this morning, this is what my house looks like now!!!

It's not completely spotless, but I would be just a little less horrified if someone dropped in unexpectedly. Still lots of dusting and windexing to do, but I'll do that later today. It's lunchtime now.

I always say that it just takes a few minutes, but I never seem to do the few minutes it takes. But like I said before...I'm trying to change. *Ü*


Tracy said...

LMAO Do we have the same children LOL.
I did a test on my family and did you know they left 7 (yes7) empty toilet paper rolls on the counter. The garbage is right beside it. CRAZY.
Glad that you are on the mend.

Liz Michaud said...

Glad to hear you are feeling better! You are very brave to put that out there... there is no excuse for my house since its only me and dh... you think it would be clean all the time, but it never is! lol

Marlene said...

Dear Stephanie:

My house needs cleaning. I don't feel like doing it. I'd rather make cards.


P.S. The dog won't bother you. He's friendly.

Sharla said...

Silly Steph, I think it's contagious...not your sickness, but the thing about the kids......not picking up a single dish and carry it from the living room into the kitchen. Nope, we have empty cups in each bedroom, bathroom and living room....and I only have 1 kid. Sheesh, you wouldn't think it'd be that hard to clean up after yourself.....ok, vent over!! Glad you are feeling better! :D

LisaE said...

Your house was really not that bad. Truly. I have one 'child' a.k.a. my husband who wouldn't see the vacuum if he was actually walking around it to get to something else. Glad you are feeling better.

Tracy said...

Left you some sunshine on my blog.

starcakeastrology.blogspot.com said...

that dog is cute!

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