Tuesday, May 27, 2008


I am now officially into my "Week of Housework Reprieve" (or WHRRRRRRRR as I like to respond when B.Rube asks me when I plan on doing the laundry again, vacuuming the basement, cleaning the bathroom or unloading the dishwasher.)

There are a million reasons why I love my mom's biannual long-distance visits. One of them is the "Week of Housework Reprieve" that I grant myself in the week prior to beginning the major cleaning that occurs in time for her arrival. Mom arrives next Wednesday, June 4th and I plan on starting my cleaning lightly on Monday, June 2nd.

A few years ago, I noticed a trend begin in the week leading up to mom's arrival:
Knowing that I would have to massively clean the entire home before she arrived anyway, I wouldn't do any housework for days beforehand. This last year, I formally named it WHRRRRRRR and gave myself permission to let the house go.

It is the most freeing feeling in the world.

1 comment:

Magnolia said...

Good for you. It should be a national holiday week!!!! get on that will ya? LOL
I am very anal and over the top about the cleanliness of my house. In fact....I have become my crazy mother. To the point that my kids are afraid to leave anything on the floor in their rooms because if I deal with it I donate it or throw it away. It also causes me great stress. I have recently started trying to give myself permission to let stuff go...however...admittedly...getting back to it later causes me more stress. Cause I can't deal with that amount of mess later. EEks!!!
This would also be why my kids do not produce a crumb on the floor when they eat...and why we have no pets.
I try....but I can't help myself.

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