Cleaning as therapy, oh and because company is coming

I have an old large house and too many animals to confess to this early in my blog and tomorrow night I have five family members coming to spend a few days; at least half of them are allergic to something in the air.  That and my house is always at its cleanest right before company is coming.  So tonight I cleaned.

I got home from work around 8:00 pm and realized that I had to clean my kitchen.  I was really not looking forward to it knowing that I had to clean from the ceiling to the floor, you know company and all.  I ate dinner got comfy, plugged in my headphones and rocked out to two and a half hours of blissful cleaning therapy.

I will tell you and those who know me will tell you, cleaning is NOT a normal course of therapy for me, I am much more likely to go shopping or take a nap when stressed than I am to scrub a toilet.  But in this journey “from here to me” I am striving to find new ways to live, ways that are more constructive, more active and more fulfilling than sitting around and worrying too much.  I looked at the cleaning tonight as my exercise for the day, I knew getting out of work so late and with so much work to do that I would not get to the gym, so stretching and bending and scrubbing in my kitchen did the trick.

My house smells pleasant and my kitchen is shiny!  If anyone so much as makes a piece of toast (especially toast with the toaster crumbs and all) before our family gets here it will get ugly.

“Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.”  – Dr. Seuss

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