Have you ever met one of those people? You know the ones, the ones that you might meet them with a quick “hi” and then move on at some party, cause…well… it’s crowded, you’re just not one of those people who put’s themselves out there like that? And then months pass and you have seen the person here and there and wave or nod, or say “hi” in passing. However… they just have made an impression on you that keep you a bit intrigued?
I was at a birthday many months ago now, of a neighbor child, and there was another family from around the corner, that was there also. The lady is very nice, a genuine smile (not one of those fake ones that is put one with a force),just a very pleasant lady. Then I find out from Jaden that her son is in his class, and I see her at the school here and there, and then when I pick Jaden up from school, her kids are getting off the bus, so we wave. And this is how it has been going.
Then this was the first wk of summer school for Jaden, and of course you never really know whose children are going to be attending, right? And I really only have 2 friends from the school. Well, the same lady walks up to pick up her children to and we started talking while we were waiting. One thing led to another… and then… she offered to bring Jaden to and from school everyday. Wow.. my first thought was..”I really don’t want to put this lady out,she has 4 children of her own.” So anyways I kept talking with her and then I talked with the counselor at the school, and said that Ms. X will be picking Jaden up from now on and bringing him to school.
On Wednesday after school when she brought Jaden home, Jaden did not do anything but drop his bag and then leave to go to their house with them, shortly after He and Ms. X’s son returned to go swimming in the blow up pool that I had filled, and made plans with Ms. X for them to swim.
Yesterday Ms. X, I invited into the house because she had noticed the Paper Illusion in my entry way. She was asking about it, so I continued to show her the other colors throughout the house. Seems like every area of the house appears to look different even though the paper throughout is the same 3 colors. Needless to say, after taking an impromptu tour of the house (which luckily wasn’t in too terrible of shape) she invited me over to her house to look at her colors and see what we could do paper wise over there. She thought that maybe I could help her….
When we got over to her house as walking in the door, she let me know that she had not dusted or done her normal cleaning since her surgery from April. I was thinking… can’t be no worse than mine… but just smirked. I walked into her beautiful home. Now… as I told my sister, I could have licked the entertainment center and still felt like I was sterile. Her house is beautiful! Everything having its place, now don’t get me wrong.. you know some people houses they just don’t look like they are lived in when their house is really clean. No, their house is clean but you feel at home, you know comfy, and welcomed.
So I have done nothing but think and contemplate over this….. she told me that she cleans each level every other day. Now, we have the exact same house…3200 sq ft. of house. She only has 4 bedrooms where I have 5, so truthfully that is one less room I have to clean on a normal schedule, because my 5th is a master that only visitors get to go into! So I only really clean that room when people are coming! (oops told a secret) So say today, she cleans everything down stairs (blinds, floors, kitchen, living, formal living (theirs is an office type area with a door, mine is my gym room but open to the entry), formal dining (mine is toys, bear, piano room), entry, laundry room and finally the bathroom. Then the next day she goes upstairs, where the loft and bedrooms are. And then the next day back to the downstairs and so on.
So… I can not tell you what kind of impression that she left on me….. she is a mom of 4 children, she sounds like she is very strong in their church dedicating a lot of time to the ministries there, having a clean home, and giving to the community…. how can you get all of this done?
Ok… so I keep saying that I want to get back into going to church regularly, we start going and then something comes up so I skip a few wks here and there. Then the house… yes, as much as I say I clean and I really feel like that is about all I get accomplished with nothing to show for it but more toys laying everywhere. I really don’t have a routine… I have different lists that I make up every day, and I feel accomplished when I get to mark at least 75% of them off! I was taking Jaden back and forth to school (unloading and loading the girls constantly) but she offered to take him to and from now. So right now my routine has been, to get up, get ready, get Jaden ready, get him out the door, clean, do laundry, play with the girls, feed them, change some butts, and clean some more till Jaden comes home.
She has made such an impression on me that I want to actually set up some sort of routine. I know I won’t live by a strict one, and I really don’t want to fail…..so…..
Please leave me a note and tell me what has worked for you with the cleaning part! How do you get it all done? What helps you to succeed and what has not worked for you, if you think it might help me to get on the right path with time (house) management!
I look so forward to hearing your imput! And now I know that it really is nothing that you have to say or really do, to make a full impact, or impression on someone. It’s not what you do..it is how you do it, and who your are! Which I think I do well on who I am, I just think I am strongly lacking in the home organization matter! So with some pointers from anyone willing, I look forward to applying some notes, so that I too can maybe be able to make a Marked Impression with my home!