Friday, May 27, 2011

School's Out {Now What?}

As of 11:55 a.m. today Blue House Academy is officially on summer vacation! We survived a very busy spring of juggling track, swim and ballet practices, me coordinating the homeschool spelling bee again, Marc's busy travel schedule, and I can't even remember what else. And somehow we managed to get quite a bit of homeschooling done.

But for all that we did get done, certain things were sorely neglected. This week I reintroduced myself to my treadmill that I had not touched for the last few months. And today I'm overwhelmed with the condition of my house. To prove my point, I'm going to show you the cleanest room in the Blue House. Actually, it's not a room, but the upstairs hallway.

Exhibit 1.
Notice the nice mixture of dog hair and Easter basket grass hovering around the baseboards. Yes, that means the floor hasn't been swept up here since before April 24. I wish there was a market for black lab hair, because we'd be a very rich family. It's a good thing he's such a sweet dog. Oh, and the baseboards have needed a paint job for almost 6 years, but that's still not happening any time soon.

Exhibit 2.

This is an example of organization gone bad. The basket on the left is the place we keep library books for fun reading. It's practically empty because those books are either lost in Anna's bed or floating around in the back of our van. The basket on the right is for non-library books the kids read at night. When they make their beds in the morning they are supposed to bring books to this basket and then once a week or so we empty the basket and put them back on the shelves. Clearly, it's been longer than a week since we've organized the books.

Exhibit 3.
As busy as my schedule has been, Marc's has been worse. I think this is his way of reminding himself to change the air conditioner filter. It's been sitting there at least a couple of months. Now if I were a really nice wife I'd climb up to the attic and do it for him and put away his suitcase at the same time. So do you think I'm a nice wife?

That's the end of our tour. I forgot to take pictures of the other end of the hallway. A couple boxes of clutter gathered from downstairs are sitting at the top of the stairs.

Yes, I have a lot of work to do. If that's the cleanest area, can you even imagine how bad the rest is? I think I could spend the whole summer just cleaning. But I have about a week and a half before my house is full of grandparents, aunts and uncles for Grace's ballet performance. So if you'll excuse me, I need to get busy.

P.S. If you guessed that I would be a nice wife, you're partly correct. I just took the suitcase and the filter up, but I can't even figure out where the filter goes. Good thing my wonderful husband reads my blog. Honey, the filter is in the attic. : )


  1. Lol! I can totally relate. I couldn't even find a "cleanest" part to take pictures of for my blog. I finally got the office finished yesterday and all of the books for next year off the living room furniture and onto bookshelves. We hadn't had a place to sit down for almost 2 months!

    Have fun cleaning. It's good exercise. MFP lets you count it! :)

  2. Too funny...sounds like me. I was overwhelmed (yesterday was our last day of school, too). My solution to being stressed about all that needs cleaned and reorganized and decluttered? I took a nap and then left for a soccer game of Caleb's. Next will hopefully get done before our in-laws arrive. : ) ~Melanie