I call this my catching up day. I love them. I can get through a whole list of odd jobs that have been waiting. These mount up! The kind of day when you attend to the pile on the corner of the counter, pay bills, wrap a present and write a card, return emails, look for the thing you can't find, put photos into albums, clean the dishwasher and fold the sock mountain. This kind of thing!
By the end of the day you feel caught up and so organised. If I am still going strong late afternoon I will clean out the inside of my car. This feels like extra points!
Usually I will have written a list and enjoy crossing things off. Such satisfaction! Also I will just go along steadily and have cups of tea now and then before tackling the next thing. So I really enjoy it!
The overall affect of a day like this on the house and running of things is fantastic! I will go to bed at night feeling so happy that I am on top of things rather than the other way around.
If I can end the day with clear counter tops (this is one of my big problems!)...
A clean and fresh fridge... (that smells of vanilla!)
And a house that smells good! (This just adds to it for me.) THEN it was a fantastic day!
If I have time another thing I love to do is refresh flowers. I like a lot of flowers. I usually have a mix of fresh, dried and fake. Now and then they all need a change around and re doing but this is lovely especially if I have found something to add to what I have. Sometimes I will have found a new vase or basket, usually in the op shops. Some of my best ones are huge and have been a good shape that I have spotted but a hideous colour or design so I just paint the whole thing. This has given me great vases for a couple of dollars at the most.
If I am having this kind of day usually I have put the slow cooker on early or have a freezer meal thawing. Then dinner is easy and done!
The benefits of an odd job and cleaning day are huge. Realistically maybe we can only get half a day sometimes. I plot to get whole days and when I look at my planner I can see I just do not have one free day and cancel something if possible or try and group things together so I can be home more. This week is good so far. I have two free days... one I think I will use to go see Hilde and stock up on bargain veggies to make some soups! The other I hope will be a stay home catch up day.
Often after a day home someone will ask you what you did. At that point your mind goes blank and you say "nothing" or fail to even come up with an answer.... as if housework is nothing. But that isn't true! Building up your home makes you feel good and blesses your family.
In Laines Letters I noticed Laine would write down everything she did. When her husband came home rather than say "nothing" she would tour him around her achievements. Often he would be impressed! He knew she was busy working and they were a team!
If you are more up with things than me a whole day home can give you the chance to re arrange the pantry or cook up some freezer emergency meals. And sometimes you also need a day home to just rest. An actual day of nothing lol! These are all subject coming up!
Do you love a day like this? Or do you conquer all the extra little things in bite sized chunks of time? There are times when we also have to do that. We might have a day of cleaning and call it Spring or Autumn Cleaning... the change of seasons always makes me want to get stuck into things that need doing and kind of freshen things up.
Have a wonderful week. True Autumn has returned, we have beautiful rain and I have a basketful of new crochet yarn! xxx