Just touching base. I am, these days, living very simply as I cannot create any type of mess in our house - this runs contrast to Cookie's daily routine, which is to live in the house" and all over the house. I am by no means a messy person, but I am also not so anal that dust a room every day, either.
What this means is, I am essentially a guest in my own house. I am not really a resident. More of a caretaker for an absent owner who could appear at any moment. I can pretend that I live here, but I not allowed to just relax without fear that I'll be caught with a tissue in a garbage can, or watching the TV in the living room.
I can't leave clothes on the floor, or dishes in the sink. No unfolded clothes in the drier or wet clothes in the washer, and God forbid that there are dirty clothes in the laundry chute.
For that matter, all the guides tell me not to cook in my kitchen - don't want to risk any smells (garlic, onion, etc.) that could offend potential buyers. The garbage has to be emptied out of every waste can whenever I leave the house and the dogs go to doggie daycare every day. When i get home from dropping them off, their crates have to go to the basement where they stay least anyone schedule a visit while I am away and they see the crates as "clutter in the rooms where they normally reside.
Everything I am wearing is somewhat wrinkled - the movers packed the iron and the ironing board. My collection of art pottery sits in a warehouse on the west side of town.
And then there is the dog hair. We have two - Mister's Rocky and Kevin, and while I have given both instructions not to shed, they pretend as if I am speaking in French, and all they understand is Esperanto, so the shedding continues, despite my brushing them and Swiffering up the errant bits of fur.
My daily routine is to get up, make the bed, brush my teeth, use the sink, clean the sink, use the toilet and then clean the toilet. After I shower, I have to wipe everything down, not so it can air dry, but so it *sparkles* because I never know what or where I will be when the listing service will call with the the question: "I have an Agent who like to show your house in":
2) Today at...
3) In one hour - and the dreaded -
4) They are out front. Can you accommodate them on the spur of the moment? Now?
With the husband in Baltimore full-time now, my company is the TV - and there is nothing that is ever on to watch - and the dogs. So I tend to lose track of what day it is, as the dogs are terrible at keeping calendars for me.
Tomorrow I have things to do as there are showings in the late afternoon. But is tomorrow Sunday, or Monday - everything just seems to blend into one long day after another after another.