O’BRIEN: thoughts on the summer month(s)

Does anyone else shirk their indoor household responsibilities in the summer or is it just me?  

I came back from a weekend of camping and realized just how untidy my house had become.  Before I should go any farther, I must preface this piece by saying that I’ve been compared to Monica from Friends for my…hmmm…preferences.  

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I like things a certain way - it’s simple, really.  Except in the summer when I seem to care not at all for what kind of shape the house is in, and more for the gardens, lawn, and generally being outside.  We don’t get a lot of summer and I try to absorb as much of it as I can.  Camping, spending time at one of the rivers, going out quadding, that’s what summer is for. The only time the house is tended to is if it’s raining or someone is coming over.  Otherwise it’s a free for all (it’s not really, but in my mind it is). 

 I’ve had to relax a lot in the last few years with these extra people living with me.  It’s really easy to keep things just so when it’s you and a dog.  Not so much when there’s others involved.  I spent too much time trying to keep things how they used to be.  

Found myself shuffling things around, constantly putting items away (I loathe a cluttered surface of any kind), and gently reminding my family to pick up after themselves.  Then I realized this is a me thing, not a them thing.  They don’t know that I like all the groceries to be put away in a certain order, or that the plates need to be facing east when put in the dishwasher, or that it’s just good sense to colour code your closet.  Yes they can absolutely clean up after themselves, but the nit-picky stuff like sandals and shoes go on the rack, while boots and runners do not, isn’t their concern.  

And, luckily, in the summertime it isn’t mine either.  

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