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zen house, play house

March 10, 2010

Once a week, for just one afternoon, evening and early morning, I get to enjoy a tidy zen house.

I exchange meals for cleaning: I cook 3 meals for Dee who lives alone and doesn’t much like cooking and in exchange, once a week Dee cleans and tidies my house for me and I love her because she doesn’t mind if I haven’t managed to tidy up before she gets here – she just potters round and picks up all the toys and things lying everywhere and puts them away whilst interacting with and entertaining my children (Kayo has learnt how to drum beautifully on our kitchen pots and pans). Best of all (well maybe not best but it’s up there for sure), she steam cleans our floor – something I just never get around to, no matter how much I promise myself, and it feels SO good to walk on afterwards!

Dee is a fellow ecovillager (and friend) and is chemically sensitive so she doesn’t use any of those toxic nasties that I detest so much (don’t you just hate going down the cleaning products aisle at the supermarket? I can never get over how strong the fumes are and avoid that aisle at all costs or if I absolutely have to go in, I hold my breath. Do I sound paranoid now?). Here, in the ecovillage, we can’t use those chemical nasties anyway because of our waste water treatment system which uses microorganisms as part of the treatment.

It has been so nice coming home from work every Tuesday and knowing that for one evening and one morning, I get to enjoy the house the way I like it to be. If you knew me and were a regular drop-in, you would be surprised to hear that because our house is messy most of the time. The things in our house just seem to have a mind of their own. On Wednesdays, I host our homeschool group so of course the house soon reverts to being a play house again.

I’ve resigned myself to the mess because the kids have such a great life and it really isn’t worth the stress of being obsessive about tidiness. We lead such busy lives, we just have to prioritise and tidying up tends to slip down the list these days.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. March 11, 2010 7:09 am

    I love the ‘before’ and ‘after’ shots!
    Gee I wish I had a Dee!

  2. Judy Harvey permalink
    March 11, 2010 5:31 pm

    Yes Filippa – it isn’t worth obsessing about tidiness. I always feel comfortable when I visit friends in a state of “creative chaos” and often people who are compulsive about housework don’t have a lot of interesting things going on in their lives anyway.

  3. March 11, 2010 9:10 pm

    yes i miss our long gone minimalist home sometimes, but it’s been chaos and crowded for 6 years now and i’m used to it. i had a rare day to myself today, and i did do some cleaning. not like me at all! but i did enjoy the tidy stillness for a few hours. i went out to yoga and came home and it looked the same! that doesn’t happen often.

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