Slice of Life 2021 Day 22: Rolling With It

Today marks Day 22 of the Slice of Life challenge. Join me as I work to write every day in March – and beyond!

A gift from my dad. That man knew me.

It’s Monday of spring break. You’d think that I would get my satisfaction today out of going out to the deck, propping up my feeties, listening to the birds chirp and drinking some form of tasty beverage.

Today’s plan? I’ll be strapping on the rubber gloves, wearing old workout gear, grabbing some spray bottles and setting to work on my house.

I’m living the dream, right?

Okay, I know what you’re thinking. It doesn’t sound so very relaxing. I can feel the figurative finger-wags coming from cyberspace now.

To tell you the truth, I’m not a terribly good housecleaner. I’m slow and inefficient. I miss spots. It’s why I’m better at being a picker-upper. Clearing clutter is one of my favorite forms of procrastination.

But hear me out. Even though I don’t like housecleaning, I like being in a clean house. And suffice it to say that over the last weeks, I’ve…let things go. Enough so that I’m feeling the physical compulsion to clean. So after breakfast, it’s time to make like dice and get rolling.

And THEN, if you’ll be looking for me, I’ll be out back in the sunshine.

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27 Responses to “Slice of Life 2021 Day 22: Rolling With It”

  1. arjeha Says:

    Sounds like the perfect way to spend the day. My idea of spring cleaning is to open all the doors on a breezy day and let the wind come through the house and take all the dust with it.

  2. Beth Sanderson Says:

    I am with you! When I clean, I am methodical but…there is so much to do! I would rather just keep pushing the cleaning further out on my to do list. I hope you get done quickly and then get to head out into the sunshine. Thanks for speaking to my inner guilt about cleaning!

  3. Radutti Says:

    “Clearing clutter is one of my favorite forms of procrastination.”

    Yeah, our home is instantly way tidier when I have some papers to grade.

  4. Amanda Regan Says:

    I’m with you! I love a clean house, but I don’t especially like cleaning. Luckily, I have two weeks off for Spring Break, so I should be able to get the house clean and find some time to relax. Thank you for sharing this delightful slice!

  5. Steph Stinemetz Says:

    I need that pillow. Cleaning is my least favorite chore. However, I foresee spending my first day of Spring Break in the clutches of cleaning. Hopefully, your cleaning goes quick and you can take some time to enjoy the outdoors!

    • Lainie Levin Says:

      Thanks! Cleaning is NOT going quickly, but I’m finding it to be therapeutic. So I guess there’s a plus side there…?

  6. mschiubookawrites Says:

    Yes to “Clearing clutter is one of my favorite forms of procrastination.” But I also appreciate a clean space and find that once I stop procrastinating and start cleaning, it’s therapeutic. Wishing you a wonderful (and clean) Spring Break!

    • Lainie Levin Says:

      Thank you! Now I have a date with my 17-year-old’s laundry. I almost *never* do it but I have reached. My. Point. Of no return.

  7. Tim Gels Says:

    I clicked the “like” button before I read the slice, but just after I looked at the picture. I hope you have a fantastic break, and that you do find time time to put up your feet, listen to the birds, and enjoy a tasty beverage!

  8. Fran McCrackin Says:

    Congrats on being the commenter of quality!!!!!
    I also love that procrastination line- it obviously strikes many readers as a common truth.
    Your conversational tone brings us along with your thoughts and actions as you find motivation to leave your spot in the sun and put on those cleaning gloves. Nicely crafted.

    • Lainie Levin Says:

      Thanks so much! I appreciate it. As for the spot in the sun, I was able to claim one for a while today. Helps to have a couple of dogs who bring me outside.

  9. Shaista Says:

    Cleaning can be therapeutic! But, like you said, there’s often so much of it to do it’s scary!
    Congratulations on the Commenter of Quality prize!

    • Lainie Levin Says:

      Thanks so much! I’m surprised and humbled by it. As far as the “so much to do,” YES. But it does have its rewards when I’m done. SO satisfying.

  10. hzreflections Says:

    I did not even realize that was how I am too, until I read what you wrote. Totally connected!

  11. britt Says:

    Okay, but… I feel attacked. Seriously, I’ve never wanted to verbalize how horrible I am at house cleaning. It feels like it would make me less like a woman, less like a Hispanic woman (what with all THOSE stereotypes), less like a wife, and less like a perfect daughter to my mom whose house feels like a perpetual hotel. Even my husband comes behind me after cleaning and will say, “babe, really? Ya know what, just put your feet up, babe, I’ll finish – don’t worry about it.” LOL. I hope nobody in my family ever sees this comment because it may serve as a confession. But I refuse.

    Thanks for sharing 🙂

  12. theapplesinmyorchard Says:

    I like a clean house and used to be compulsive about it – during a time I was also working full time and had young kids. Although I still like a clean house, and it is easier to clean now that it’s just my husband and me, I do not clean compulsively any longer! And, boy, does it feel great! I say, get it done and get back outside and ENJOY!

  13. Suzanne Says:

    I am so with you 100%! I love a clean house and I’m proud of myself when I really clean a room or whatever. I’ve just never had a good “cleaning” workflow. And I’m ok with that! Hahaha. I loved this post. Enjoy that clean space once you create it!

    • Lainie Levin Says:

      Yes, I’m the same way. I’ve read books and articles about how to clean efficiently, but let’s just say I’m someone who…needs more repetitions to mastery in that area ; )

  14. James Edgecombe Says:

    “Clearing clutter is one of my favorite forms of procrastination.”
    Well at least this type of procrastination gives you the energy to go back and do the things you desire to be doing. And a clean space is a good environment for more motivation. All the best

  15. Fran Haley Says:

    I’m with you – I don’t like to clean but I like BEING in a clean place, so… yeah. There really is something mentally and spiritually cleansing about the physical part of it, too. Restorative. But it IS drudgery! I hope you are now reaping the fresh-scented, gleaming joys.

    • Lainie Levin Says:

      Most of my cleaning has been for the benefit of my son. Usually he cleans his own bathroom and takes care of his room, but both were beyond overwhelming. So…it’s kind of like the relief I feel when you spend money buying a new hot water heater instead of cool new kitchen appliances: satisfying because you know you had to do it, but…..

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