Tuesday, June 24, 2008

2/3

this one's for you Nancy.

we are all adjusting to life with Paige here.  in fact, I can't really remember life before she arrived.  funny how that happens.  she is a great baby.  she doesn't cry much. . . her preferred "sound" is grunting.  it's kind of an odd sound.  I guess we are used to it but I get some strange looks when out and about with her.  she definitely goes with the flow -- which is a HUGE blessing because there is a lot of "flow" round here.  we are out and about much of the day running to school (Hai), soccer camp (Ty), swimming lessons(Hai & Ty), T-ball (Ty), etc etc etc. and for the most part little Paigers just sleeps the whole time peacefully in her car seat. (with the exception of an occasional grunt....)  it is something new to me because Hailey so didn't go with the flow.  she hated being in her car seat.  in fact, she hated just about everything.  it is so nice to have a SWEET, PERFECT little baby.

now here is where I am struggling.  it's this crazy little fraction: 2/3.  and if any of you know me, I mean really really know me, then you can guess what this little fraction relates to.  got it?  yes, it is about my crazy obsession with keeping a clean, organized house.  

you see, my house is multi-level.  3 levels to be exact.  and everyday I can get 2/3 of the levels clean.  the upper-upstairs (bedrooms/bathroom) always gets cleaned: beds made, bathroom shiny, everything picked up and in it's proper place (I even maintain the closets... I just have to.  OCD I know...)  upstairs (aka main level) -- also gets clean: although a little trickier b/c it is the kitchen level, I manage to stay on top of dishes and keep this level clean and put together (yes, even my cupboards are lovely... remember-- OCD here!)  NOW for the 1/3 that doesn't get done... the 1/3 that is weighin' me down: THE BASEMENT!!!  yikes.  ok, to be honest, our basement family room generally is clean -- this is where the kids have all their toys and they are little champs about cleaning up on a daily basis.  (see job charts on previous post).  the laundry room is ok... I do ALL laundry on Mondays so on Mondays it's a zoo in there.... but the rest of the week it's just fine.  the R*E*A*L problem is the EXTRA BEDROOM (insert evil howling noises).  it has gotten out of hand.  ever since little Paige joined us -- I have literally been throwing things in that room.  stuff that I don't want to deal with.  papers that need to be filed.  kids stuff for their save boxes.  stuff we are getting rid of.  JUST STUFF EVERYWHERE.  I should take a picture but I am too embarrased... it is just not like me to be so... MESSY!!!  I know the solution seems easy: just ignore the other 2/3 for a day and focus on the 1/3... BUT I JUST CAN'T RIGHT NOW.  I get too much satisfaction from pretty beds and a clean kitchen.  but let me tell you that 1/3 is seriously eating away at me... always in the back of my head... I mean, what if -- HEAVEN FORBID: someone were to SEE IT?  

so faithful blog readers, let's cut this girl some slack and give her a little peace of mind: promise me that if you should happen to swing by for a visit, you will not, under any circumstance, go to the 1/3 or, more specifically, the extra bedroom.  it has just got to be messy for now.


12 comments:

Adrienne Hansen said...

my house is 0/2. be glad you've got 2/3. i need you to come organize the shiz out of me and josh. we aren't terrible by any means, but i am nowhere near as clean as you. love you and all your ocd-ness.

Adrienne Hansen said...

ps-i just hope that you are wearing khaki capris and a white shirt while you clean your 2/3. otherwise you might as well just stop cleaning.

Nancy said...

Amster... Thank you so much for changing that picture of Hailey and telling about your 2/3 perfectly clean house. You truly made my day... I can now go to bed having read a truly inspiring blog about someone I truly know and love and I don't have to stalk another blogger! I want to be there with you and help you out with that bedroom b/c I truly know how much you are physically sick about it. Maybe Nanner and I will take a roadie later in the summer. Take a little picture of it tomorrow and post it... What do you say?? :)

Tori said...

ha ha I love you amy!! You are hilarious from your hangers to your 2/3 clean home... you should stop by the Andersen house and see that we are about 1/23 clean and that's mostly because Donnie keeps a nice yard...so technically it's not even our house....ok love you guys, bye!

Lorinda said...

So, how much time would you say you spend in a day thinking about and actually organizing? I need to know so I can one day reach your level of cleanliness. I think that is impossible, but I'm doing better since I met you!

nan said...

oh amers.... i don't even have to write it because you KNOW what i'll say already. i'm sure we be coming in a while so we can help you out! :}

Katie said...

I wish only 1/3 third of my house was a little messy! You are being too hard on yourself- and remember, the most important things aren't the clean house- they are all the other things you are doing!

Lindsay said...

Your basement sounds a lot like my little boy's room...which is slowly but surely turning into The Storage Room With A Crib.

Chelsea said...

I love you and all your OCDness! Look at this with an eternal perspective... will having the 1/3 messy keep you from heaven?

So glad to hear Paige is a sweet and perfect baby :)

mommyofthree said...

Love your post! It's nice to know that there are others out there that fell from perfection when they had their third child. :)
And I am SO glad Paige is nice to you. What a sweet baby.

Lucy said...

Amy, my friend Harmony has the idea to do a Project of the month and your goal is to take a before picture, and then an after, one month later, check her out on my blog. and maybe just maybe you could tackle it in a month!

Daniel, Kari & Co. said...

Is it wrong for me love you more because you have the 1/3?