Writing vs. Housekeeping

Can we go back to bed now?

I have never been the neatest person. My childhood was spent in a constant battle against clutter in my bedroom. Part of the battle back then was that I didn’t really know what to do with everything or exactly how I was supposed to clean. Now that I’m an adult, I know how to make a room look neat and tidy. Just because I have the knowledge doesn’t mean I use it, though.

A quick glance around my house will tell you how much I’ve been writing. If I am feeling inspired and the words are flowing a visitor to my house can expect the following things:

  • Dirty dishes piled in the sink along with crumbs and bits strewn on my counters
  • Elevated flat surfaces (tables) covered with papers, books and other detritus
  • Overflowing dirty laundry hampers otherwise known as The Mountains
  • Flooring surfaces “decorated” with muddy footprints, spilled food and dog hair tumble weeds

Prolific writing and household chores mix like oil and vinegar in my life. On good days I can blend them into a nice emulsion, washing laundry while I write and vacuuming when I need a break. Good writing days mean I park myself in front of my computer while the kids are at school then walk around in the evening muttering about the funny smell in the kitchen. Then there are days like yesterday. I counted my blog post here as writing and my bathtub is sparkling white.

In your life, what are some of the signs that you are busy writing – or not writing?


Janel from Janel’s Jumble