So last Thursday I took the day off. I didn’t have anything special planned. No, actually I took the day off because Henry was in school and Terry was working and I wanted to clean….you know since cleaning has been lacking the past few months.
It is probably a tad weird to WANT to take a day off just to clean. I mean, really, how lame is that?!
But folks it was NEEDED.
And I don’t just mean for the house (though it was really really needed for the house) but I also mean for ME.
Explain, you ask?!
Well it is a good thing I have this blog….so let me ‘splain.
The thing is, I don’t think since Henry was born I have had an entire day ALONE.
And it is not just meaning away from Henry, but anyone really. YES, it is true. I need time away from my husband and child and friends.
I needed time to myself.
So you know what, I took time for ME.
But as I sit around the house most evenings, I didn’t want to take a day off to just sit around. I wanted to DO stuff. Feel accomplished. Do the things that I am always complaining that I don’t have time to do.
So it started like a normal Thursday and I got up at 6am to get Henry ready and off to school. I am learning that if I don’t want him to cry I have to drop him off after 7:30am because the kids are in the gym or outside playing and after some squeeze hugs he is ready to go play. If it is before 7:30, then bring on the extreme tears from henry and extreme guilt for mom! No fun for anyone.
So hoping I could prevent a breakdown and mom guilt on my day off I dropped him off at 7:35 and he went right outside, waving at me as I left. PERFECT. I then headed to Starbucks to get a venti-iced non-fat vanilla latte (yum) and tim hortons to get a breakfast bagel sandwich.
I came home and sat down at the table and checked my email and had breakfast. Funny thing was at first I was rushing to eat. Do any of you parents do that?! I have a post on that coming….eating once you have a kid. Annoying. So I slowed myself down and ENJOYED my breakfast and the quiet.
I then turned on my music really loud, got into my cleaning clothes, opened EVERY window in the house because it was a perfect day and not too hot (seriously, how awesome has this summer been!!!) and proceeded to clean the house.
I took before pictures of the house on our real camera and as I probably wont get around to putting those on my computer for 7 months, I am using this photo I posted a couple months ago because this is pretty much our house 90% of the time. Sigh.
This is my truth....our house is a constant mess.
I think that is what people are saying these days :-)
So I picked things up and got down to business.
We had an old vacuum that I think did nothing more than push the dirt around as it pretended to clean. Heaven forbid there was a cheerio or something on the carpet (which there always is) because the vacuum would refuse to suck it up. We probably needed a new vacuum 3 years ago. We finally got a new, reasonably priced one last week. With the very first sweep I was in love!!
I could actually SEE it pick up the cat hair, dust and dirt. I could see our beige/brown circa 1982 carpet! AMAZING.
I swept the entire house and then it was time for the big guns. The carpet cleaner.
We own one, but only have used it when we bought the house (nearly 7 years ago) and the summer before Henry was born. It was needed.
Folks….the result was gross. Absolutely disgusting. This was in our house.
You just don’t realize how much dirt and dust gets stuck in your carpet….especially with a vacuum that doesn’t vacuum!!
3 ½ hours later the entire house was vacuumed and the downstairs carpets cleaned and I was sore but feeling accomplished!!
Me carpet cleaning from the rocker...not a bad way to clean :-)
I then took a break and enjoyed lunch where I could sit down and eat at my own pace and without dirty little fingers trying to steal my food. And I watched the very first episode of the Real Housewives of OC and didn’t have to worry about having to explain why to my husband or getting judgmental looks from him or have to worry about content for Henry.
I then straightened up toys, clothes and cleaned the shower and then was the FIRST to take a nice long, uninterrupted shower in a clean shower. Lovely.
I then headed to Hobby Lobby and Walmart to get pictures printed and frames and before I knew it, it was 4:30 and time to go get Henry.
And I have to admit, when I drove over to get Henry I was excited to see him!
I wasn’t drained from annoying things at work. I wasn’t tired from sitting all day. I wasn’t worn-out at yelling at a kid who wouldn’t listen. I wasn’t exhausted from just the mental stress of a normal day.
Nope. I was none of those things.
Yes, I was tired from a busy day but I felt accomplished and refreshed and ready to see my family. And really, what is better than after a day to yourself and seeing this face?! The answer…nothing.
I know I will take off days to spend with my family or go to doctors appointments or take care of a sick kid or just random errands that have to be done during working hours. But to take some time for ME is rare. But I think I need to start doing this more. I need to remember ME. I need to remember that if I don’t take care of myself, mentally and physically, it just won’t be good for anyone.
So do you take time for yourself? ALONE. What do you do during your ME time?