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Anxiety Cleaning - before and afters...

Today is two weeks since this notice went up...


So, today it's supposed to come down according to the guy who put it up on the Thursday before Easter. Assuming none of our neighbours have any major concerns, the owners of our property will have the go-ahead to clear the back yard and commence construction on two town houses.

The construction phase may not happen right away - or it may. We are not privy to our property owner's plans and so, as for the past 24 months, we continue to live with low level stress of not knowing when we might lose the back yard, garage and off-street parking.

The owners are apparently going to build a carport in front of the house - so we'll lose a chunk of the front yard as well.

Because we store a lot of stuff in the garage we are going to have to commandere two rooms in the house for the storage of boxes and crates. We will lose the back laundry and the third bedroom - as well as the back yard.

We will have to get rid of the two trampolines, or one trampoline and the cubby house - maybe all three.

So, today I've felt a bit anxious because all these changes may be upon us in a matter or weeks... Or perhaps not. We just don't know.

Anxiety for me - for most people, as I understand it - stems from a sense of not having any control in one's life. To combat this, I choose to clean. I don't clean in an obsessive-compulsive way in that I certainly don't do this every day, but when I'm stressed I like to have a clean and tidy environment because it makes me feel more in control of my life...

This is what I've been doing today.

The living room and dining room before...

The television is on but no one is watching - do you have that problem at home? Toys, pyjamas and shoes scattered everywhere, I know you guys know what I'm talking about!


Yes, those are last night's dinner dishes (except Erik's because he was good and took his to the kitchen, bless him!)...

and after...


The master bedroom before...


and after...

I love my new sleigh bed so much!!!


The study before...

The Grumpy Old Man's desk on the left, mine on the right - we were competing over who could collect the most coffee, he was winning...


and after...


The kitchen before...

This is not to bad actually, it get's much, much worse than this - remember all the dinner dishes are still in the dining room...

  
and after...


The laundry before...

Don't get me started on the laundry... If I left it up to the Grumpy Old Man, this room would be where we permanently kept all our clean clothes... Yes, all these clothes are actually clean - we have another laundry for dirty clothes, you don't get to see it because it's actually tidy right now...


and after...

Ah! Breathing room. This is one of the rooms we'll lose when the back yard disappears...


The bathroom before...

Don't you love it; bathmat on the bath, and towels on the floor so people don't slip. Why do I bother, I ask you...


and after...


 Do you clean to deal with anxiety?

Comments

Rhianna said…
Sure do! And anger too. Fairy wishes and butterfly kisses lovely lady
Miss Cinders said…
YES! I totally do! Am staring at my floor right now wanting to do *something* and it being the thing... but with the rain comes half the farm when a certain Mr Ogre walks in with his boots on!

I absolutely love your dining set!

And just so you know... your place in messy mode is soooo much cleaner than mine when it's messy! lol
Sif Dal said…
Thanks Rhianna :)

Miss C - are you referring to the crockery or the table and chairs (I'm easily confused!). The crockery set is an el cheapo from Big W - I fell in love with the colour! Food looks excellent on those plates! The dining table was made by my step-dad (from pallets, believe it or not!) and the I love the tulip cut out of the chairs - matches a cabinet and hutch I have (inherited all this furniture from my parents recently because they've just downsized)... Don't worry, my house get worse than this - especially in the second week of the school holidays when I just give up on trying to maintain it, ha!
coloursofsunset said…
how good does it feel to have a massive tidy up? I love it and am addicted to the high I get after it.

I hope if you're losing all that space it means your rent will decrease significantly.
Lena Harris said…
Have you done some cleaning on your verandah too? I am looking for some verandah designs on my next home improvement. I was wondering if you have some ideas because I stumbled this interesting post. You did an excellent job in cleaning your house. Cheers!

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