There are many reasons for maintaining a decent looking home. Remember, it's decent, not perfect.
One of those reasons is unexpected visitors.
Today it was the carpet cleaner.
These pictures have nothing to do with anything. She just was so cute playing with her pajama bottoms! (which she pulled from the "folded" bin, of course) :o)
In the three years we've lived here we have only cleaned the carpets once and it was with my mom's Bissell.
Is that normal? Too soon? Grossly late? Health code violation?
I have no idea.
But I do know that my carpet in the living room and hallway was so nasty that this morning Igloo and I were talking of ripping it up.
Then the carpet cleaners came to the neighbors and I looked at my ugly stains and thought, "why not invite him over to my place as well?" I've never called anyone because the bedrooms look fine and no one wants to just do one room and a hallway. I was hoping for a deal since he was already here.
So I did. And he said normally he can't just do one room, but since he was here anyway he'd look.... (go me!) And he came over and bid about twice as much as I was willing to pay. I thanked him and he left. He came back 10 minutes later because apparently my neighbor is his uncle and his uncle told him to halve the price and give me the works!
He's totally getting brownies for the next 50 years.
I had all of 10 minutes to prepare my living room. 10 minutes. AND it was laundry day.
And I did it!! In 10 minutes I had the living room all ready to be steam cleaned. Because all that was in it were some laundry baskets, a few books and hangers on the floor, a box, a couch, a piano, and 2 bookcases. And since we vacuum every night I knew the floors didn't need to be vacuumed either. Except where the couch was. eeew.
This simple living idea definitely has its perks! Makes me want to get rid of more stuff!!!!!
Look at those eyes!! My goodness! Would you believe it's the same child who has been a clingy, crying, unholy terror today? Me neither!