This post is a little late this week, for no real good reason other than I just haven’t got around to doing it yet.
I’m finally on the mend from my tonsillectomy. In fact, today is the first day that my throat doesn’t really hurt. It’s been 2 weeks since the surgery so that’s pretty much on track. But I was really surprised at quite how brutal the recovery was. But now it’s over I’m just glad it’s done and happy that I shouldn’t get any more bouts of tonsillitis!
With me being so under the weather the housework hasn’t really been done – my Mum was amazing and kept the house going for the first week, including doing the housework. But then I went down to my parents’ house for a few days, then my Dad stayed with me. Now, Dad is awesome but he’s not really domestically orientated so while he did the basics, dishes and washing, the house wasn’t exactly overly clean. So once I started feeling a bit better I knew I had to get back into it.
Now that the surgery is all done and my antidepressants are working, I feel like it is time to get myself together and organised. A few days ago I sat down and wrote out to-do lists for everything – the study I still need to complete, blog posts to write, general to-dos and the housework that needs to be done in each room of the house. It felt good to get it all out of my head.
Yesterday, I had a look at my housework list and thought about where I could start and what I could do. I’d had a coffee that morning (my 2nd since my surgery) so I was feeling motivated. I decided to start at the start – the entry way. I had been putting that off for ages because it seemed like a hard job. But because I had broken it down into the steps I needed to do it didn’t seem too bad.
So outside we went. I got Lily the broom so she could start sweeping and I started trimming the strange little tree at our front door. I’m not sure what it is but it’s planted right at the step at the front door so in a really strange spot. If we let it grow over too much it sort of takes over the front door area. I trimmed it right back while Lily swept the leaves up into a pile (and then jumped in it) and then I moved on to the rubbish.
We had some big things that didn’t fit in the bins that we had put there until we organised a way to get rid of them – things like old shoe racks and a tub with a broken lid. So I put them out on the curb, with the thought that if someone didn’t pick them up I’d organise a council pickup. Most of it was taken by last night so it wasn’t too bad.
I swept out around the plants and behind the bins. It’s amazing how many leaves had collected! The front of the house is pretty bad – marks on the brickwork, dust everywhere, moss growing on the bricks. But it is very hard to clean. I gave it all a quick wipe over with some multi-purpose spray but it didn’t make much of a difference. My in-law’s have offered their water blaster which I think is going to be the only way of really getting it clean.
We swept all the leaves and put them in the green bin and the whole area looked a lot better. It’s not really clean, I need a hose for that, but it’s a lot tidier.
(I wanted to upload a photo here but photos aren’t uploading to my blog at the moment. You can see it on Instagram )
Lily gave me a pot plant after my surgery (thanks to my mother-in-law!) and I’ve been trying to decide what to do with it. So I grabbed one of the big terracotta pots that we had out the back and repotted in the plant in there, right by the front door. It’s looking a little sad and I’ve since trimmed off the dying flowers but I’m hoping that by having it next to the door I’ll remember to water it and look after it.
After I had finished outside I went to come inside and realised how dirty the outside of the front door was so gave that a quick wipe down. Then I realised that I hadn’t mopped the tiles by the door in awhile so got the steam mop out and did those. Then I thought while I was on a roll I’d clean the front window. It didn’t make much difference as the outside is the messiest and due to the grill on the window I can’t get to that side. But it’s one of those things that feels better to have done.
By that time I was exhausted and collapsed on the couch. I didn’t move from there for a few hours, even after Mr Monkey came home and even when it was getting really late to get dinner together. All I wanted to do was sleep but unfortunately the girls were being too noisy and I couldn’t. But I was completely exhausted and I think I may have overestimated how well I was recovered.
But after dinner I was able to clean the table, vacuum both the dining room and loungeroom and everything was a little tidier. Mr Monkey washed some of the dishes for me (I have to wash the rest today) and overall I felt a lot better about the house in general.
For the rest of the week I’m going to concentrate on getting the lounge room done. The top of the CD cabinet needs clearing off (again!), the bookshelves could use a bit of a tidy (even though Mum did them a few weeks ago) and the toys need to be tidied and some sent back upstairs (even though I did that about a month ago). There’s paperwork all over the end of the couch (thanks Mr Monkey!) and the couch needs a good clean. I also really need to clear out the drawers in the TV cabinet as they’ve mostly been ignored for a long time.
Phew! That was a long one! But it feels good to be getting back into the swing of things.