Monday, November 14, 2005

Desperately bad housewife

I've been calling myself a housewife lately when I fill in forms; I'm not a wife as such, but there's no doubt that the household chores are now mostly my responsibility. Not that I've been doing a heck of a lot of housework these days though; vacuuming is done probably once a month, and the toilet is cleaned only when I find myself preferring use the public loos next to our local library.

I was in the bedroom crooning to Baby, singing Rock-a-bye Baby for the umpteenth time and desperately hoping to see her eyelids flutter, when I happened to notice how dirty one corner of the room was. Right above where our bed is, the walls were looking pretty filthy. I don't know whether it's mildew or what, but when I saw it I thought How the hell did it get that dirty without me even noticing? So I came back to with a wet sponge to wipe it off, and then I noticed how much dust had accumulated on the back of the headboard. It was an obscenely thick coating of the stuff. Yuck.

I really ought to do something about the levels of dirt and dust around this place. Perhaps I'll have time when Baby starts kindergarten.

10 comments:

EB said...

Hey, stop talking about my place!

Super Domestic Engineer said...

I am sorry about your situation but I had to laugh so hard at it...I myself have 2 little ones, 3 years old and 15 months baby and I decided to afford the luxury of having a lady coming to clean up the house every 2 weeks!!!! now you know why!!!! the truth? it does not get any easy. The only hard piece of what you are doing is the sleep deprivation and adjustment to the new little one in your life, cause later it will get much harder, wait until the baby gets to be a toddler and walk and do a real mess...still as a recent domestic engineer (hate the housewife term as I think we are much more than 'housewifes; when we stay at home) I have committed myself to have an organized and clean home which means having a routine of what to do when I can actually do stuff and not when I feel like it or when I am supposed to do it cause with kids you never can predict anything...the beginning is sooooo hard to adjust , so it took me 2 years to actually make this commitment and it's been almost a year in which I can see my house reasonably organized ...I even learned how to cook and bake a couple of desserts...my family does not even recognized me anymore....so, it will be your choice the kind of domestic engineer you want to become....and the kind of sanctuary you'd like to live in....but reaaaly, looooved your blog and felt identified with it...so best luck!

Wicked said...

You've figured out the Law of Mummy Housework.. "Only clean it when you can see it (the dirt)".

onscreen said...

Time is something you had before kids....

Kazzer said...

oh hell, Violet. My place is bogging and I don't have kids!

glomgold said...

Dust. I hate it. And I'm not so sure my fake "ionic air filter" does anything. It does smell like ozone though so I guess that's good...

flying kiwi said...

That was one thing about having bad eyesight - I never saw the dirt in the bathroom. Now I've had laser surgery I no longer have that excuse though.

Can't you buy some kind of mop thing that attaches to baby for when she starts crawling?

Violet said...

eb: but you're a domestic goddess who makes nice dinners! How can you have a messay home?

super domestic engineer: Yes, I'm sure that if I could have 8 or 9 hours sleep every night I'd be able to handle everything so much better. It sounds like becoming a stay-at-home mum has turned you into a super domestic engineer alright.

wicked: trouble is, I often just pretend I don't see it, just to avoid having to clean it.

onscreen: time is something I thought I didn't have even before Baby came along, except now I really know what it means to have no time!

kazzer: that's only because you have whole roomsful of soft toys cluttering up your house.

glomgold: at least dust is okay if you don't stir it up. When it's floating around in the air - that's when you have to be careful. What does ozone smell like and can you use the ioniser to prevent sunburn?

flying kiwi: before I started wearing glasses I thought I had a fine complexion. What a rude shock I had the first time I looked at myself in the mirror with corrected vision...

glomgold said...

It smells like a photocopier machine which I believe also spits out ozone for some reason.

Violet said...

glomgold: doesn't sound like it'd smell very nice.