A Little Bit About…Cleaning

For those of you that know me well, you’ll know that organising is not my forte. Don’t get me wrong, I can be organised when I want to be, but why deny it when the majority of the time I find myself chasing my tail. Do I pack the hour before going to the airport? Do I run about like a crazy person at 6am in the morning trying to piece together an outfit for work? Do I iron my dress when I’m supposed to already be running out the door to go meet my friends for dinner? Yes, guilty as charged for all of the above. BUT, do I know exactly where everything is? Yes, 99% of the time I do. Even if that does mean that when I want to put on those black and gold earrings I got last summer, I need to remember they are in a gold clutch bag under a pile of gym clothes at the bottom of my wardrobe. Organised chaos I believe it’s called.  

So why is this week’s chosen topic about organisation? Well, I haven’t left my flat in the past 4 days because of the current Coronavirus situation (we’ve been told to stay indoors except for emergencies where I live) and have quickly had to adjust to life indoors, when I’m used to constantly being out and about. And what have I found? That I have cleaned and organised more in the past 96 hours that I have in the past 29 years. Mrs Hinch would be proud! It hasn’t necessarily been a case of trying to disinfect my entire house to get rid of germs, but instead it’s been my way of feeling like I’m being productive with my time.

So what exactly have I organised? Here’s a few examples…

Does anyone else have a chair in your room that gradually accumulates stuff through the week? Like the 5 outfits you tried on and decided against before picking the one you want to go out in. Or the clean washing that you haven’t had time to hang back up yet. Well for the first time in probably months, I can see the actual chair!

Another habit of mine is chucking whatever I have in my hand as I walk in the front door into a decorative bowl I have on a side table. It was like an unintentional memory box today filing through everything and sorting it out. There were the usual culprits, like spare change, receipts, headphones and packets of chewing gym. Then there were a few previously thought to be missing in action items, like my favourite sunglasses, a charging cable for my work phone and a pack of new batteries I was convinced I had bought but couldn’t find anywhere.

I also sorted out the bathroom. Boy oh boy, that was like opening Pandora’s box. I found out that I buy new shampoo, shower gel, mouthwash or whatever it may be, when I actually already have 3 in the cupboard. I also deep cleaned my make-up brushes and found approximately 17 hair bobbles despite complaining on almost a daily basis that I “don’t have any”. And weirdly one of the most satisfying jobs for the weekend was sharpening all of my eye-liner and lip-liner pencils. I don’t think I’ve ever had them all perfectly sharpened at the same time (don’t judge a girl for getting excited over something so trivial, it’s tough times trying to entertain yourself indoors for so long).

I know fine well that as soon as life goes back to normal, I’ll likely go back to being chaotic, but at least for the next few weeks while I’m “quarantined” at home I can be content with my new found love for organisation (“A Little Bit About Lockdown” seemed a bit of an extreme title for the post).

Stay home if possible and stay safe everyone!

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