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Saturday, November 24, 2007

Queen of Unfinished Projects

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Well, another Saturday that is slowly disappearing into the nothingness. I am bathed, but not dressed yet. (What!? The towel is comfy). I need to go start a load of laundry... Wait, hold on, I will be right back.

OK- can't get my shirt zipped, but otherwise, there is a load in the washer, I folded a few clothes, I am dressed, and my hair is done.

I really need to listen to FlyLady more. I understand what she says. It is good stuff, but I can't seem to apply it consistently.

I started a post by hand last night by hand at Mama Java's. I also have one saved that I haven't finished. I have many promises I have made in this blog that I have not followed through with. Is there any reason why I shouldn't have this pillow?

Well, in the time it took me to take pictures for the next part of this post, my Laundry called, and now I have one in the washer and one in the dryer.

So, I have been in a confessional mood lately, and today I am confessing about the state of my house. My house reflects my mood directly. If I am doing well, stuff is picked up and relatively neat.

So, here is a recent tour (like 5 minutes ago)

We will start in
my room:

Paperwork is my main challenge here. My desk area gets quite messy. These are just representative. I don't think I have a clean area in the house.

The Hallway:

Laundry has always been the bane of my existence. It never ends, and Konal generates three times as much as a typical kid.

Then there is the
Children's room. I disavow any responsibility for this. If you have a weak stomach, you may want to leave.

Are you still here? I do not clean their room, that is their responsibility. It is hard when they are only here during the week.

And then we have the Original
Dining room, which has been converted into a play room.

More messy with Halloween decorations and such.

If you make a turn, you will enter my Laundry Room:

Just need some straightening, and a wipe down. At least these are all signs of use.

Then into the Garage:


This relates to the Unfinished projects, being what was removed from my room for the remodel. This is also why the Halloween decorations have not been put away.

Coming back through the Laundry room, we come to the

No comment. Those counters were spotless Thanksgiving Day morning.

Coming back out through the Play Room, we enter the living area.

The laundry may get washed, but it doesn't get folded. Some of that mess is related to Konal's incidents, some is just my own exhaustion.

Then the Back Yard, which is 100% because Konal goes out there to rage.

Now, you have seen it. Can you tell me how I am doing? I tell everyone of Konal's treatment team about this measure of my coping, because I am not always the best at expressing it verbally. I think they ignore it, and tell me that everyone has bad house days. I am hoping that you maybe feel a little bit better about your own homekeeping skills now. If not, and your place looks like mine, welcome to the club. And if you are absolutely disgusted, and want to call CPS and report what a bad mother I am, feel free. You wouldn't be the first, and CPS doesn't want us. Konal would cost them too much money to take care of.