Thursday, March 14, 2013

Welcome To My Beach House

I have decided to pretend that my home is a beach house. It is the perfect solution or should I say the best explanation for its current condition, which I do not see changing much in the foreseeable future. 

In a beach house you expect a relaxed style of living and therefore a more relaxed cleaning style. Right? Gritty hardwood floors are fine in a great beach house. Sand is everywhere due to bare-feet and lots of going in and out all day. So the slight crunch under foot is expected and permissible. 

I am surprising myself lately as I look at the dirty floor and just do. not. care. It is fine with far, anyway. My poor, poor boys had to put up with my constant fretting about dirty floors and a clean house, at least in the "public" areas. If they played with Legos or matchbox cars in the living room, it all had to go back to the bedroom before bed. No leaving stuff around. Period.

This more relaxed attitude about my floors may have something to do with age or the empty nest or even working from home now. I could place the blame or credit (?) on any one of those, but the true culprit is Layla. Gonna blame the dog for my laziness. Yep. 

Here is what happens. She, oh so delicately, gets a drink from her water bowl and then the drips from her mouth follow her as she walks away. So of course she is walking in the water drips and making a mess on the wood flooring. 

And I. don't. care. 

The world does not stop turning. I am still a good person. I still love my house and my dog. And myself. I am fine with it. My beach house and I are doing great! Maybe I will hang some beach towels on the front porch here in my small town cul-de-sac. I could turn on some ocean wave sound effects and walk around in a swimsuit and beach cover-up.

You can find me building a sandcastle in my kitchen. 

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  1. I loved this post. You whole attitude is delightfully perfect! Our dog Maggie does the same sip and slop thing. We keep a hand towel right on the floor and scooch it around with our feet to clean up the water. We leave it right there on the floor cuz we ue it often. Enjoy the beach, baby!

    1. Any towel left within Layla's reach gets shredded, but we do keep a small towel by the back door for rainy days of in and out. Thanks for coming by!

  2. Sign me up for a beach house, too. I use to be an uptight, spic and span housekeeper. Now instead of dusting every other day, my furniture is lucky to see a dust rag once a week. I try to sweep once a day and mop every other day. But if I miss a day, my world does not come to an end. I guess this a good thing as long as my floors don't get too "earthy". LOL!

    1. Yes, "earthy" thats a great word for it! Sounds better than gritty I guess. Ha!

  3. I want the real beach house-- just sayin'. ;)

    I have relaxed a lot with how I keep my house, but clutter and too much disorder/dirt is unsettling for me and distracting. So I have to maintain a certain level or I can't focus. Maybe it's a bit of latent OCD stuff. We're in full-on mud season as the snow melts and our dirt driveway turns to a mud-pit so I have to take a deep breath about the paw prints on my floors or go a little nuts.

    1. Just breathe Julie. Its all good. We do keep a small towel by the back door for the rainy days.

    2. ...And yes, I want the real beach house too!

  4. I can so relate...I don't have a dog...just two adult sons and one husband at home, and we live in the forest, which, in Florida, has a sand floor. So, we track in sand all day long. We keep a broom and dustpan by the front door, and a mat to put our sandy shoes on, but that doesn't help much. I'm the worst one. Don't like to take my shoes off at the door...I'm always in too big a hurry. I wish we did have the water out front to enjoy like a real beach house too, but I'll settle for the woods for now. Enjoy your home and your doggy. Life is too short to sweat the small stuff. That's my story and I'm sticking to it!

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