Thursday, April 17, 2008

My Dirty Housewife Confession



Spring is the season of cleaning, right?

If that is true - I'm in big trouble.

There is dust on my blinds, dust on the tops of just about every frame in this house and dust (in the form of bunnies) under each bed. I don't even want to think of what the results would be if Dateline NBC came to do an investigation like those they do in nasty hotel rooms. I shudder at the thought.

Instead of beating myself up about the dust, I'm joining Mrs. Chicken (of Chicken and Cheese fame) and embracing it, even if I sneeze a thousand times in the process! Oh, how I love thee, dust. Almost as much as I love a clean home.

I kid.

But seriously, give yourself a break. Stop running around the house with swiffer sheets duct-tapped to the bottom of your shoes! Take a shower without scrubbing it down! Brush your teeth and leave a little toothpaste in the sink! Live on the edge!

It's okay, you're in good company.

Embrace the dirty housewife within and skip the cleaning for a day; maybe only a few hours, but progress is progress, right?

Share your dirtiness with us, like I am going to do right now (warning, the following photos contain images not suitable for grandmothers or anyone else with high household standards), beginning with the travesty I like to call the laundry room chaos:


Notice the pile of clothes (not in a hamper!) waiting to be sorted and washed. Notice the Easter baskets on the shelf and the oh so organized stash of stain treaters. Notice the iron that hardly ever gets used and the backpacks that dangle precariously from above. Sorry about the bra hanging there, you probably didn't need to see that.

Wait, it gets better:

This, is the view from behind my washing machine (the one that likes to unplug itself during a good spin cycle). One would think that with all the unplugging that happens here, resulting in a need to be plugged back in, that the area below the electrical outlet would be free of spare Dora shoes, sippy cups, outlet mall bags and lost clothing.

One would be wrong to assume that.

To the left of the washing machine stands the dryer, with its own treasure trove of goodies behind it (also note the dust on the floor). Whose clothes these are, I'll never know unless I fish them out of there with a broom handle before they catch on fire!


And just so that it isn't all about the laundry room, I've included (for your viewing pleasure) the closet of which I am afraid to open. Sometimes, when the kids are getting on my nerves, I think about going in there, getting all cozy on the Dora couch and never coming out (there is a handy light, so it wouldn't be dark!).

So, housewives of the Intrawebs, go forth and share your dirtiness! I dare you.

17 comments:

painted maypole said...

oh, i already posted my bedroom a month or so ago. but let me just say that you would feel right at home at my house. who ARE these people with the spotless homes, and don't they do anything fun? ever?

Anonymous said...

Wait a minute. You know I have help cleaning my place....

I wish I had a photo of your room in high school to post. Someone told me to just let it be, and keep the door closed. That helped me a lot.

But boy, it was hard not to go in and shovel it out.
xxxooomom

Shania said...

Oh girlfriend, it is ON! (insert head bobbing and finger snapping here) I gots me some dirt, if dirt is what we're showing.
Actually, yours isn't all that bad. When I think about what's behind my washer and dryer, by comparison, yours is absolutely pristine!

Sunshine said...

We are doing some home remodeling stuff and I'm nervous to see what is behind our washer and dryer. You are VERY brave!

Cathy said...

I am soooo loving these confessions!

Mamacita Tina said...

I whole heartedly join you. I just don't see the point in cleaning anymore. The minute I vacuum, someone walks through with sand or grass on their shoes. I sweep the floor, Laurel throws food on it or Ian drops his toast and crumbs go flying. I give up.

alice c said...

Enjoy your children while they are with you - the house will be easy to clean when they are gone but you won't have so much fun living there.

Beth said...

Don't you just hate it when clothes fall behind and between the washer and dryer? Ugh!

Scarlet O'Kara said...

I must confess. I am a Dirty Housewife...but I don't think that I am ready to "come out of the closet" and share my wicked ways just yet! You are a brave woman...

Maybe after I drink a bottle of Mad Housewife wine...

Mrs. G. said...

On the right day, I could totally hide in that closet and snooze on that Dora couch. I hate to tell you this, but nothing shocked me here. I don't think that says good things about my domestic skills.

Anonymous said...

I think it runs in the family... and I live alone!

xoxo,
your cousin

Amy said...

I posted my dining room, which looks like a bomb went off.

Why do laundry rooms get so dirty so fast? I've never understood that.

Kendra said...

Okay...I may have to join the fun here! I have some serious cleaning that needs to be done. Ughh!

Have a good weekend Carrie.

Aleka's World said...

Ok, I'm not a housewife, but if a crime were to occur in my bedroom right now, I would be EMBARRASSED for the Crime Scene Unit to show up! If I got killed, I would probably rise from the dead just to clean it up first!!! haha!!!

Anonymous said...

Oh I totally understand you! I just hopped over here from another blog of a woman who mops & vacuums her floors obsessively and was feeling pretty miserable about myself. Thanks for helping me realise I'm not the only one who struggles with this!

Like Mamacita Tina, I too have given up. My approach: I let it be, and describe my decorating style as "Ransack Chic."

Jerri said...

OH no, you don't think I would ever post behind my washer and dryer now do you? I would have won 100 times over if I had done that...do I tell anyone that I've had a house keeper the last few months...only 2 times a month but er....and I had cleaned the laundry mess a few days before and forgot the photos...

Jerri said...

Hey, good thing I didn't put any kids in my photos, the health department may be after me anyway, lol