15 minutes to freedom…

I have declared this week as the Fields Cleaning the House Week.  My house is so messy and cluttered and dirty! I despise looking at the baseboards and seeing dust and dirt – it messes up my mood and my creative process and makes me grouchy.  I just see "work" all around me instead of creative possibilities or playtime or hang-out-in-the-backyard time.  So…my answer is to concentrate on one room at a time this week.  Yesterday it was our bathroom.  I got out my trusty kitchen (and time-out) timer and set it for 15 minutes.  With my handy bucket of cleaning schtuff handy, I set to work and scrubbed and cleaned till that bathroom shined!  I still have some work to do around the edges of the baseboards but it's the cleanest room in the house now! yea!  I also made an effort to clean out the drawers – specifically, my makeup drawer.  Blech.  Ick!  What was I thinking holding onto Maybelline Lilac Perfection lipstick for something like four YEARS??  What is the lifespan of makeup (especially ugly PURPLE makeup?) anyway?  Not that long – let me tell you!  So….my makeup drawer is clean and full of only stuff I wear and Ifeel so much better about opening that drawer now. 

So….today my cleaning routine will continue on the baseboards of my bathroom and into our closet…*shudder.*  I'm going to keep plugging away – who's with me??

You can do anything for 15 minutes. Do it right now.  Start with your makeup drawer – who else has some ugly lipstick lurking from like the early 90's??  Post the colors here – maybe it'll make us all laugh! hee! 

By | 2005-07-12T11:38:46+00:00 July 12th, 2005|


  1. Jules July 12, 2005 at 12:37 pm - Reply

    OMG…you are in my brain aren’t you? I’m starting this today too! Oou house is WAY too cluttered. I am starting in the front foyer and closet…shutter. We have mis matched gloves and hats in there that need to be tossed! BAH!

  2. Paige July 12, 2005 at 4:33 pm - Reply

    I’ve always wanted to try that timer thing but never have. Sounds like it works so I’ll HAVE to do it. Need to clean too but so not it the mood…so I will be with you probably on Thursday!!! I’ll check for those ugly lipstick colors! 😉

  3. Carmen July 12, 2005 at 11:10 pm - Reply

    Eee. I’ve got a good bit of this stuff to do too — tonight we did the mail, but my financial “to file” (including stuff to put in the accounting program) is overflowing. Once we’re back from vacation, I’ll be spending some time on that. I need to tackle the bathroom cupboards (especially the medicine cabinet) as well. And the guest bedroom bed has paper all over it… yup. Lots to do. Are you doing FlyLady now? (the timer is suspicious… 😉 )

  4. Elizabeth July 14, 2005 at 7:29 am - Reply

    I know I should be doing this too. But I’m not. Sigh. BTW. 6 months lifespan on most all cosmetics. Icky bacteria. I wonder why I buy them at all! I never remember to wear them!

  5. Leah July 18, 2005 at 4:50 pm - Reply

    Ewww! I have one. TERRA COTTA!!! People like me should NOT wear orange lipstick. WTF was I thinking?!?!! Darn you, early 90’s…*shaking my fist*

  6. Danielle July 22, 2005 at 12:28 pm - Reply

    omg, you and i are like the same person. I HATE dust on the floorboards… i literally get so bitchy when i “feel” the dirt in the house. And if i’m walking around bare foot and things are sticking to my feet? ARRGH!!!
    but you probably clean alot more than me. Lol! geez, so many things have suffered around here b/c i’m spending all my free time scrappin… Lol!

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