January of 2009 marked the beginning of the ensuing chaos. We marched toward our first high school graduation. During the same time, my writing career began to go places. So between kids and work, my house started down the slippery slope of neglect. It kept rolling that direction for four and a half long years. On May 1, I turned in the first draft of what willl be my 4th published novel. With our final high school graduation looming at the end of that month, I realized I couldn’t “make do” in my house any longer without falling apart.
Yes, I’d learned to keep up the major parts of the bathrooms and the kitchen so we weren’t living in filth, but the dusting and the floors remained iffy. Some deep cleaning needed to be done. But beyond that was the real issue–my closets. My cabinets. When clutter lurks behind those doors, I can’t think. And clutter had been accumulating, multiplying for far too long.
With all but a couple of small trouble spots cleaned and organized, I can think again. I’m ready to work again. Hopefully I’ve learned my lesson and won’t let things descent to quite such a chaotic place over the next four and a half years!