I’m Too Old To Be This Busy

I’ve been quite busy lately, helping my kids update and fix up their new house before they move in next month.

I have never been a cleaner by choice. I’ve survived, my kids have survived, yet my house has never been a front runner for Architectural Digest or Better Homes and Gardens.

Because of both retirement and Covid, my house is the cleanest it’s ever been. I have a new refrigerator that I keep meticulously clean, and my clean counters and organized pantry are finally proof of my boredom.

I mean, I’ve always been clean — I’ve just always been messy. Disheveled. Sidetracked. At the end of the night before I go to bed I retrace my steps of the day and take 20 minutes putting everything back where it came from.

I so envy my daughter-in-law. She is clean, organized, and keeps up after three kiddos, a husband, and a dog. I’m always getting organizing ideas from her, including bins, shelves, and lists. 

I’m lucky if I can sort yesterday’s pj’s from last week’s.

Every time I come home from her house I am inspired to put more away, get rid of more clutter, and organize the rest so that I can find what I want when I want. 

But I believe it’s hard to teach an old dog new tricks.

I still have a tendency to go three directions at one time, start projects I don’t finish, and extend my energy way past my 68-year-old limit. I want to do ten things at one time, including art projects, writing a new novel, sewing beads on my t-shirts, finishing the two books I started reading, and watching a 52-part Chinese TV series with English subtitles.

One thing is pretty darned clear.

I will have to live until I’m at least 95.

I can’t see getting everything done and organized before then.

 

18 thoughts on “I’m Too Old To Be This Busy

  1. Oh, my friend, you are so on task! Creativity is something that just comes on you, over and over again, and you need to make room for it every day. I believe in trying not to make as many messes, give the house a cleaning when needed, but not to worry if it doesn’t meet award-winning status. No one’s house really does. Being creative, dreaming up new schemes and ideas and crafts and stories is what makes my world go round. Yours too!

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  2. Ha! I find myself compromising with MYSELF! Hubby takes it all with a grain of salt, doesn’t walk along the creative path with me, but supports me all the time. It’s my own overload button that gets me into trouble — with myself!

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  3. You know — that’s how I really feel, too. And I really don’t mind being scattered in my tasks — they all get done. Creativity is the only outlet I let take over. I can’t resist.

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  4. I agree with Darlene, housework is overrated. I like it clean but if you have to do everything to keep it tidy it is a full time job!! And as Darlene said, we can do better things with our time. We are not superwomen, we do not have a cleaning gen as many men seem to think. Besides, I think cleaning is a man’s job, they have the muscles for it !Ha !

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  5. There’s a sign you can buy here in Australian gift shops that states:
    A clean house is the sign of a wasted life.

    We all love the ease of clean, clutterless and sparkling but it is a stark trade off. My cleaning is essentials only (kitchen, clean clothes etc) as the garden or a big batch of baking has an irresistible siren song for me!
    I’m definitely in your camp, Goddess!

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  6. Better to be busy than bored. I believe housework is overrated. Think of al the books that have not been written or pictures that have not been painted because someone was too busy doing housework.

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  7. WooHoo!Someone after my own heart! And even though clean kitchen counters make me feel good (not to mention safer for food!) There’s nothing like spending the evening writing or organizing your computer or making a craft!

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  8. I love having an organized and tidy house, but the older I get, the more I realize I would rather spend more time living and creating than cleaning. 😀

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  9. Reblogged this on Blue Dragon Journal and commented:
    Sounds like me, editing and writing, then cleaning out my closet, doing laundry, cleaning the bathroom and cooking meals… multi-tasking supreme!

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