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To Clean or Not To Clean? That is the Question

 

immaculate housesLast night a friend confessed that she almost started cleaning my house for me when she came by, because she worried that I didn’t have time to do it myself.   First off, I truly have wonderful, amazing friends who are willing to pitch in and clean my house if I don’t have time.  I’m not quite sure how I got so lucky, but I am eternally grateful to know such great people.

However, it isn’t a lack of time per se that holds me back from shiny faucets and refrigerator doors so clean you can see your reflection.  There are so many more interesting things to do than clean, don’t you think?  Books to be read, fandoms to explore, friends to laugh with, family (and family dogs) to play with, episodes of Season 3 of the Walking Dead to watch…okay, maybe that last one is just me. (Dear friend, don’t think I’ve forgotten your promise to watch Sherlock if I watch the Walking Dead.  I’ll be waiting to hear from you.  Oh yes, I really did.)

With all the amazing things to see and do, cleaning just doesn’t rank too high on my priority list.  As long as it isn’t truly dirty, I’m okay it not being a gleaming example of kitchendom.  I know I will never make the cover of Southern Living or Better Homes and Gardens because of my home. (That cheesecake last week…maybe.)

“Lived in” is perfectly acceptable for most days…because my house is lived in.  My trail of computer bags, purses, keys, sunglasses and jackets will attest to that every evening as I make my way through the house after work…just as the blend of golden hair and mysterious white fuzz will confirm a dog is in residence. (Seriously, I can vacuum every day and not get all that stuff up!) My mysterious inability to remember to close cabinet doors is a little harder to explain…Seriously, I walked in the kitchen this morning and four cabinet doors were open. What the heck!?! No, my house is not haunted….I already thought of that….I have to remember to put salt on the grocery list…just in case.

Are there people who really enjoy cleaning?  Or do they just enjoy the end product of the cleaning?  I’m a curious mind who wants to know.

‘Til next time,

Jessica


Let Your Imagination Fly

Plato's Symposium (Anselm Feuerbach, 1873)

Plato’s Symposium (Anselm Feuerbach, 1873) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’m big on using music when I’m…actually, pretty much all the time.  There’s a soundtrack to my life, and at any given moment smart odds are I’ve got a song in my head.  It is essential to my whole creative process…thing.  Whether it is writing, painting…refinishing furniture (that’s this weekend’s project), music just gets me in the right head-space, and keeps me going.

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination

and life to everything.”― Plato

Exercising, don’t forget it then.  It is definitely a requirement then. (Oh, I started training for a 5K…day one there was running, at least.  It was a decent start.  Okay, fine it was a start, anyway.)  I need it when I’m cleaning too.  Dancing and cleaning can go well together…just watch out for the breakables and that duster…there have been…incidents.  Cooking and music are a perfect combination. (Yes, I may have been caught dancing in the kitchen while cooking breakfast…it was a good song!)  Don’t try to tell me you’ve never used a spoon as a microphone…actually, please tell me I’m not the only one that does that…please.

I’m always on the lookout for artists I’ve never heard before.  My current playlist is filled with musicians I’d never really listened to before last year.  A lot of them aren’t even new, just new to me.  Help me fill my playlist with more new-to-me music!  Who do you like right now?  Do you use music to get moving, creating…cleaning?  (Seriously, if there’s a secret to making cleaning enjoyable, I’d love to hear it.)

‘Til next time,

Jessica

 

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