All teachers do this, right? After a school year full of early mornings, late nights, our own children's extracurricular activities, hurried meals, drop-the-bag-and-collapse-workdays and laundry-filled weekends, we are left with a backlog of housecleaning tasks.
Well, that's the state of my house, anyway. Bags of books and papers in the hall, sitting under a plethora of out-of-season jackets on the wall. Piles of personal professional books that never made it to my library office shelves. A paper blizzard on my desk (again). Work clothes that got washed but not put away. Work clothes that don't fit due to too many drive-thru meals this year (ugh). A vanity full of makeup, skin care potions, nail polish, and hair ties in disarray, with a pile of shoes in front of it.
And on top of it all, a layer of dust.
So I'm dedicating most of my free time over these next two weeks to cleaning and decluttering. I'll make the same vows again to establish a regular housekeeping schedule, even come up with a printed plan, I'm sure. Fingers crossed it will work this time.
And if it doesn't get done over the next two weeks? Well, there's always next summer.