It is Wednesday afternoon. This is one of my favourite times of each week. It is my own personal house-keeping day! HAPPY PLACE!!! I clean, wash and iron all afternoon. (On Wednesday morning I help my landlady with her shopping and gardening and sometimes do some cooking for her.) By the time I have finished, my ickle abode is sparkling. I love seeing it super glossy and ready to invite anyone in. I don’t live too far away from the Queen. I am sure she would be honoured to visit this little nest after I have polished everything up. After finishing all my work, I reward myself with a luxurious soak in the bath tub. If it is early enough, I look for something on BBC i-player or ITV i-player to watch until bedtime. I am hoping to squeeze in an episode of Poirot tonight. Sometimes a glass of wine might be part of my reward…but not in recent weeks, as I am trying to be strict with myself so that I can lose a bit of puppy fat. I want to be as almost perfect as it is possible for my beloved Goldfinch.
Say it with me: “ONCE ON THE LIPS….FOREVER ON THE HIPS!!!” Do they call that a mantra?
I am a methodical and thorough house-keeper. I follow a set route so that nothing is missed. I have a schedule for work that does not need to be done every single week. “Projects” that are either scheduled for once a month, once every two months, once every three months, or once every six months. I don’t vacuum my mattress or soft furnishings, or clean the inside of cupboards, or defrost my freezer every week. They all have set times on my house-keeping schedule. I genuinely enjoy cleaning. I have worked with an amazing group of house-keepers who trained me in their methods and showed me the most useful pieces of equipment to use. I limit the use of chemicals and prefer natural products including vinegar.
I cannot tell you how good I will feel later today when everything has finished. The elation of gratifying contentment and the comfort of knowing I did what I was supposed to and my parents would be so proud of me. I have cleaned most rooms. I am just about to have my dinner and then afterwards I will clean my kitchen area. I have recently changed the order I clean. Before, I used to start with the bathroom, then move onto the kitchen and then the bedroom, study, halls and lounge area. Then I would make myself some dinner (making a mess in the kitchen again and still be left with a stack of ironing with a full tummy that just made me want to snooze. I realized it was not working. Now I do the ironing after I have cleaned the bathroom and put all of my clothes and bed linen away before I clean the other rooms. I leave the kitchen until after I have had dinner.
It makes so much more sense. Above is a photo of my kitchen area (I have just moved the toaster and kettle and other items onto a little table so it is easier to clean everything.) Super easy to clean. It won’t take me long, and then rewarding myself can begin. You might be able to spot some food splashes…but remember, I have not started cleaning yet.
Perhaps one of the best things about Wednesday is bedtime. I never tire of slipping into fresh bed linen and breathing in sweet lily scent. Aaaaaaah! One of the most delicious events of the week.
Well, I shall delay my kitchen cleaning for no longer. The sooner I start, the sooner I can enjoy that blessed feeling of “My work is done here, I can put my feet up and relax”. One of the lovely things about life, work and then relax with that snuggly hug of a feeling – satisfaction. Everything is good!…as someone very famous once said…several times…