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August 14, 2011 |  Category:   life

She’s not bad at folding the laundry. And I got Mia doing the dishes now too. They think it’s “fun”. But nobody’s touching the vacuum. Oh hell no. The most satisfying chore ever and it’s mine.

I’m taking the concept of cleaning the house before a vacation to the next level. I’m usually obsessive about it, but who else cleans out every junk drawer AND touches up baseboard paint AND caulks the kitchen backsplash AND organizes the kitchen cabinets and refrigerator before a trip? Yeah, thought so…

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  • Rebecca August 14, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    I’m the same way … but to a lesser degree πŸ™‚ It’s always best for me to come back home from a trip to a clean, orderly home. It brings me peace I think. If I come home to a messy home, I feel the immediate need to clean and hence ends up ruining the vacation/trip aftermath.

  • Linn Maria August 14, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    I knew there was a reason to have children ; ) Vacuuming is my favourite chore, as well. The satisfaction of seeing all the cat hair tumbleweeds disappearing.. brilliant. And I, too, love leaving the house looking spotless, knowing how happy I’ll be to walk back in a few days/weeks later : )

  • Sue August 14, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Ha, yeah that is extreme cleaning. Although I know what you mean about wanting a clean house before a vacation.

  • kate hart August 14, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    haha, these photos are priceless!! love that you’ve got her doing your least fave chore. brilliant.

    hope you have a fantastic vacation!!

  • Rachel August 14, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    Funny, I would rather fold laundry or wash the dishes rather than vacuum any day. I guess each person has their preference.

  • Ana August 14, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    want to visit my house?:)

  • Danielle August 14, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    Vacuuming is also my favourite. I ask my three year old to fetch things from upstairs all the time. That’s her best job. And dishes, if there are lots of bubbles.

  • Maria @ Scandifoodie August 14, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    Oh hey! What a great job, I love the way she folded everything around the bed πŸ™‚ PS. I organise the fridge too before going on a trip… πŸ˜‰

  • kimia kline August 14, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    bahahah! why is vacuuming so satisfying? i always feel like such a rockstar afterwards.

  • Marie August 14, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    Well, I’m happy to learn I’m not the only one packing odd tasks in the last few days before a trip! For some reason, before leaving, I feel compelled to check some long overdue tasks off my to-do list, and they are most often house maintenance related. I’m not sure what it’s about – maybe the subsconscious desire to leave the house perfect, just in case? That may sound pessimistic but if I’m doing it for my freelance business (because nobody will take over if I’m gone), why not do it for the home?

    P.S. Claudine is the cutest!

  • mina August 14, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    Holy that is so hilarious! Did she come up with putting the laundry around the perimeter of the bed? She’s precious!

  • Pamela August 14, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    Hehehe, what a creative method C has! She’s really not bad at all. I’m gonna have to remember this when I have a kid one day. “Fold the laundry!” “Do the dishes!” They’re fun, promise!

  • Joana Gomes August 14, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    She’s the cutest thing ever.

  • sarah August 14, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    As children, I can remember sitting in the car with my Dad and brother, the car all loaded, waiting for my mother to finish cleaning the mould off the bathroom window with an old toothbrush, so we could go on holiday. Cleanly this would not wait until our return and she could not relax until it was done. I find myself doing similar things. (Up until 4 am cleaning before a 4 day trip last week. I’m an idiot.)

  • SY August 14, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    I’m the same way, before we leave for vacation I have to have a spotless house…not sure if it’s the concept of coming home to clean house or god forbid if something happens to us then people won’t think we’re complete slobs. My kids are 7 and 10 and they also love washing the dishes (and they swiffer before I vacuum).

  • krista August 14, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    this made me smile:) my two kids are at the stage where doing dishes is like going out to a movie:)…but i get what you’re saying about the vacuum thing– all those nice poofy lines in the carpet:). that’s mine.



  • erica @ expatriababy August 14, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    My daughter also *loves* helping me fold laundry. She’s 14 months old though. So the fruitfulness of her efforts leave something to be desired. Still. I’m nurturing the hell out o’ that desire.

  • Katie August 14, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    Although I was somewhat forced to obsessively clean the house before vacation last week because our house is on the market & it needs to be show ready, it felt so incredibly good coming home today to a pristine house. Ahhhh. (Even if it was only pristine for five minutes.) On a related note, how much does Claudine charge for folding? She could supervise my kids. πŸ˜‰

  • Joni August 14, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    Want to know what’s funny? I genuinely suspected that wasn’t even half the list. You know…replaced insulation, fixed up building’s boiler, purchased magnifying glass for microscopic curry stain on an orange shirt…you get it πŸ™‚

  • Nichole Robertson August 15, 2011 at 12:57 am

    LOL! I agree about the vacuuming, too.

    Claudine is so over-the-top cute I can’t stand it.

  • geena August 15, 2011 at 8:05 am

    start them young hehehe

  • Kathy August 15, 2011 at 9:27 am

    It’s the best feeling in the world to come home from a trip and the house is perfect!

  • Maura August 15, 2011 at 10:16 am

    ha’ i am leaving for a trip in a few weeks and was thinking last night that i should touch up my baseboards. i like to come home to clean everything.

  • Seema August 15, 2011 at 10:37 am

    lol, I think we’ve got a thing or two to learn from you little ones, finding fun in the chores. Very funny pictures, had me giggling πŸ™‚ I tend to reorganise my stuff before I leave for holiday – there’s just something very reassuring about coming home to an absolutely spotless, totally organised home after a vacation. So if it’s any comfort, you’re not alone. When are you going away?

  • Julia's Bookbag August 15, 2011 at 10:58 am

    Oh my, I now love this blog even MORE! Vaccuming = best chore ever. I loooooove my vacuum and it needs a repair and I’m like AAAGH how can I be without it for more than a day?? One time I cleaned the tops of the door frames before my 5′ tall grandma came over when she was 85 — she wasn’t going to see the top of my doorframes!! And yet I did it. Revel in your clean awesome house when you get back and you can also be so happy thinking about it while you’re gone….”it’s soooo clean right now…” πŸ™‚ ~Melissa

  • ellie August 15, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    i really don’t have anything to say, but you rock!

  • Misha August 15, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    I tend to go nusto-bananas when we leave on vacay…but the whole baseboard and caulking thing lost me. I bleach and wash just about everything in the house and sometimes even scrub down my windows…I’m good with that. hah

  • emily August 15, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    your bed frame is fantastic! where did you get it?

  • Nina Sohn August 15, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    Hiya: laundry is bollocks, totally agree! We have copious amount in our house, given our three nippers (6,4, and 2). While I can’t prove it, I am fairly certain dirty clothes procreate in secret.
    I discovered your blog a few weeks ago and have poured through it intently – archives and all. My husband is Korean, I am not, and I am forever on the prowl for insights and empathy into all the nuances of a multicultural marriage, raising mixed race kids, etc. My husbands story mirrors yours – he, too, was left with his grandparents while his parents came to the states to establish roots.
    Anyway – thanks for your candor. It’s delightfully honest and human.
    Also – put ads on your blog. It should at least sustain itself: sharing your life with readers should not burden you fiscally – no one will mind, truly.

  • kaye i August 16, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    You’re so hardcore! I love it. I do clean my house before going on vacation too, but I do wish do my cleaning skills and attention to detail is as great as yours.

    Glad to know your kids think chores are fun! Hopefully they won’t learn that chores = $$$ from Mom and Dad πŸ˜›

  • kate August 17, 2011 at 12:06 am

    I loooove vacuuming! I hate pulling out the vacuum and getting it all ready, but once I’m doing it, yessss.

  • shisomama August 18, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    i’m the same way, though I usually try to fit in a trip to Goodwill as well. It makes me feel dirty if I leave the house with something out of place.

  • Krysta Marie [Purple Pond] August 19, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    the flower pom strand above your headboard is lovely! do you have a how-to on this?