Interrupting Myself

I should be cleaning the cornstarch play goo off the kitchen table and floor, but first I wish to describe to you the meandering journey I sometimes make through the house.

It is 10 A.M.

The scholars are schooling, the littles have a snack to feed their dolls and now I need to Get Something Done, AKA Beat Aside the Chaos.

I start with the bathroom, because for me personally, chaos in the bathroom is terribly disheartening.

One boy already took the dirty laundry downstairs for me, but he dribbled a few socks and missed the towels hanging on the hooks, so I pick them up and take them down to add to the laundry piles.

I notice that one load is finished washing, throw it into the dryer, put in another load.

Oh, I am low on soap, need to write that on the grocery list.

I look over the shoulders of students, correct sloppy handwriting, encourage accuracy in math.

On the way back upstairs, I see that the tot has taken all the Laura Ingalls Wilder books off the shelf again, and I put them back into their spot.

Hey! There is that extra owl button I need to replace the one we lost so I put it in a safe place.

I am walking past the freezers so I think about supper, naturally, and take out a pack of hamburger.

I hear a squabble in the girls’ room, drop the burger into the sink, and go to settle it.

Sit here, little girl, and look at these books. And you, sit over there and look at those books.

Okay. Where was I?

Oh, the bathroom!

Yeah, the toothpaste splatters on the mirrors are really getting to me. I wash them off.

As long as I am cleaning glass surfaces, I might as well go shine the appliances, especially the spot on the dishwasher where gravy dribbled last night at supper.

Speaking of gravy, I should use that leftover gravy with meatballs tonight instead of making a spaghetti sauce.

I check the cupboard for rice. Almost out. Shopping list.

What was that other thing I was going to write down?

I can’t remember for anything! Oh well, it will come to me.

Hey, is that a trail of ants carrying off crumbs?

Get the broom, quickly!

I am gonna have to set outsome traps again.

I open the closet door, nearly get beaned on the head by my box of household tools.

“Boys!” I have a few choice admonitions for them on getting a stool to put the tools properly back on the shelf so that other unsuspecting folks don’t get hammered and wrenched when all they wanted was an ant trap.

I set the trap carefully in a spot only readily accessible by ants.

There is a hair bow under the table. I pick it up and take it to the bathroom.

I am right back where I started.

A half hour has passed and I have been very busy, but it doesn’t look as thought I have accomplished anything, really, except to cause myself to feel a little dizzy.

I don’t think I am ADD. At least I didn’t use to be. I used to pride myself on being so efficient I took my own breath away. πŸ™‚

I think that I get so used to being interrupted that I even do it to myself. This goes way beyond multitasking to plain downright silly. I sort of hope I am not the only one who does this.

I am trying to stop it; I am trying to be more productive. Β I have to discipline myself to actually, literally stay in a room until I am done with it. I pile all the stuff that doesn’t belong in that room outside the door. Then I pick up one pile and take it to its home and stay there until I have done all that needs to be done there before I go back for another pile. I can’t tell you how hard it is to break the habit of suspending what I am doing to pursue yet another partial trail.

Wait… Am I hearing someone in the candy bowl?

10 thoughts on “Interrupting Myself

  1. I am amazed many times how fast my children can get a room cleaned and it seems to take me so long. I wonder many times if it is because I do it so much better or if it is because I go on so many rabbit trails. Maybe both? Anyway, I should go finish that room I started… or lets see, I believe supper prep was next on the agenda. πŸ™‚

  2. LOL, this is so so typical of my life. At the end of the day I worked like crazy and it looks like i’ve been sitting with my nose in a book all day or something like that.

    1. I actually occasionally have those days (the kind with the book). The worst is, it doesn’t look much different from the days when I chase around in circles. :/

  3. You have described me, down to the tools and the hair ow under the table. I remember those days when I cleaned other peoples houses in just a few hours. Big huge houses with 2 or 3 bathrooms in very little time. But then there is my tiny little 3 bedroom cottage, that almost never, really gets cleaned! (Except for the bathroom) I feel so urgent about this matter. When I’ve arrives this fall, what will I have gotten myself into. Yet, if you can do it then I too shall aspire to those heights.

  4. Since I subscribed to your blog and get them by email, my husband has been reading your blog too. Sometimes he gets to it before I do. πŸ™‚ Anyway….he told me that I NEED to read today’s.

    Ohmygoodness. I have to steel myself to stay in one spot too. My oldest daughter is SO organized and it’s getting to be that when she comes home from school, I can see that she surveys the house and wonders what I did all day. It’s very disheartening. But she is quick to tell me when things look nice too.

    Ugh I hate it. And I don’t even have scholars to mind. Maybe our sanity will return as the children leave the nest.

  5. *oops. No way to edit these wordpress comments. “Since I subscribed to your blog and get your POSTS by email….”

    I do love how you write, D.Peight. πŸ™‚

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