Most Hated Activity

On the heels of yesterday’s post about being(or not being) judgmental, here I go.  I thought of this blog post as I was doing my most hated activity.  So, I immediately stopped said activity to sit down and write about it.  One more way for me to procrastinate.

What is it I hate so much?  Cleaning.  I hate cleaning.  And somehow lately it has gotten worse.  To steal a famous quote from my mother…my house is not dirty, just messy…but the messiness is affecting me or maybe it’s my mood that’s affecting the house.  If you looked through my Twitter history, you would probably find that more than 100 of my 1000 tweets include something to do with the need to clean and my inability to do it.  Every time I try to clean, I get a little corner of the house straightened and then find a distraction.  Let me just take a little break, I think to myself.

One thing I realize is that the conditions of the environment you spend the most time in reflects your energy.  For me, I just can’t seem to get my house to look and feel exactly the way I want it to.  I get it halfway to serene and then I back off, give up.  I wonder if this is who I am.  Is peace just too dull for me?  I don’t think the chaos (of my house and my thoughts) is feeding me.  I believe I get tastes of peace…in times of meditation, while writing, while participating in retreats, while cuddling my daughters, and when I’m closest with Mark.  But somehow the drama queen/worry wart finds me and tries to pull me away from the Faith that will get me through.

So basically, I’m in a funk -despite how I try to keep this blog uplifting and encouraging- I have to admit it.  Right now, what would help is a housekeeping intervention.  I need Peter Walsh, Denise Linn, Flylady and the nearest Feng Shui expert to come on over and get me started.  Who knows how I’ll feel once the house is really clean!

5 thoughts on “Most Hated Activity

  1. Renee September 3, 2009 / 7:22 am

    My mother is that way. She can’t organize her thoughts enough to organize her house. She gets overwhelmed and distracted and never finishes what she starts when it comes to cleaning.

    I’m totally opposite. I can’t function in a messy house or room. But I actually enjoy cleaning and organizing. It’s kind of one of my ways of meditating (I have come to terms that I can’t sit still and clear my mind, I need to be exercising or cleaning or SOMETHING). I get a lot of thinking done when I clean and take a lot of joy in the end result.

    I think you either have it or you don’t. And having two young children doesn’t make it any easier.

  2. Lisa September 3, 2009 / 9:04 am

    I am the same way. I hate to clean, but when the house IS clean I feel more at peace and just happier. I guess that I’m weird that way.

  3. Amanda September 3, 2009 / 2:51 pm

    I can TOTALLY relate. I hate cleaning terribly. But our house has gone to Hadesinahandbasket and I threw the gauntlet the other day. Labor Day weekend is it. The entire weekend is voted to organization. A festival. The kids will finally rectify the F-5 tornado damage they have done to the playroom. Andy and I WILL go through every drawer and the entire closet in our bedroom. We WILL go through the kitchen and office.

    Three piles in every room: Keep. Donate. Trash.


    Thank God it is a long weekend… 🙂

  4. Stacia September 3, 2009 / 5:16 pm

    We all get in funks… it’s okay to admit it when it happens. It doesn’t mean we are not positive people in general. I hate cleaning too! You know my mom didn’t like it, if you remember my house when we were kids. The funny thing is the only time I was a clean-freak and cleaning served as some kind of mental therapy was while I was going through my divorce. I’m sure that was all about being in control while life was out of control… kind of wish the urge to clean so much hadn’t worn off, but it just isn’t my idea of fun :oP

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