Thursday, January 12, 2012

Domestic Ninja {Simple Moments, Bigger Picture}

This is the tree looking good...
Our Christmas tree was slumped over in the corner of the room. There were needles everywhere, ornaments falling off, the branches we’re drooping, I couldn't remember the last time it was watered.

It was a sad, sad, state.

Then there was the clutter of the debris of a party. Extra chairs and tables out, toys strewn about, crumbs, crumbs and more crumbs.

The state of my house was directly affecting my mood. I just needed it out. All of it. I wanted my house back. Normally I love Christmas and I try to keep the tree up until the second week of January, but this year I just wasn’t feeling it. The lack of sleep, the chaos of the week before, the busyness I just wanted to take control of something.

So during an amazing day of napping I tackled the tree. All the ornaments came down and I started packing up all the other decorations.

The next day I sat frustrated. I didn't feel like I was getting anywhere because the tree was still there. I couldn't vacuum or move furniture back. I like doing things in a certain order, I hate cleaning up around other messes. I felt myself getting grumpy.

So while the baby slept I sat down to write but was bugged by how messy the house was. That’s it. I said in my head,  in a quite dramatic foot stomping fashion,  I was going to do the tree myself. See the tree has always been my husband job but he was at work and I wanted it gone! Now!

In my head I remembered a quote I saw once from someone talking about being a Proverbs 31 wife (I have a whole angsty battle about being a Proverbs 31 wife, but that’s another post!) and she said that you shouldn’t ask your husband to do something you can do yourself.


I think I can do it. I want it done. He is super stressed and busy so I’m just going to do it.

and I did.

I got the tree out, I moved the couch, I washed the floors and I vacuumed and it felt so good.

It was like I had taken all the cobwebs, dust and clutter out of my head and dumped it in the garbage creating a fresh open space. I felt like a domestic ninja, strong and capable. It was freeing. See for the last 2 years I have been pregnant and dealing with some physical side affects and post surgical problems. For two years I had to wait to have someone else do heavy lifting. It was freeing not only to have a clean living room but to realize how far I have come and how healed I am.

And hey, the domestic ninja title ain't bad either, much better than June Cleaver.


Simply doing it myself, that’s my Simple Moment, Bigger Picture this week. What’s yours?

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So have you been a Domestic Ninja lately? Do you keep your Christmas up until January or is it already down?


Unknown said...

What a wonderful moment when you're able to feel strong and capable. I can relate having a toddler and being pregnant again...I can't wait til I'm able to do yard work like I use to. :)

May said...

That photo of the tree! I burst out laughing. It really captures that post Christmas feeling, doesn't it?!

All my Christmas decorations are still up. I am just not ready to let go. It was so great having my college kids home. I am still in the after glow.

Emily said...

I love the tree! I feel the same way after Christmas! That Proverbs 31 woman, she is a tough act to follow. But kudos to Domestic Ninja!

Anonymous said...

I have some issues with that lady in Proverbs too. Go you with your Domestic Ninja self! :)

Stephanie said...

"It was freeing not only to have a clean living room but to realize how far I have come and how healed I am." Oh yes - love these words. A clean house always makes me feel calm and refreshed emotionally too. :)

Melissa Haak said...

What's sad May is that was Christmas day! It got worse!

Lindy said...

I will be coming home to the decorations still up. Good for you!

Lucy The Valiant said...

Domestic Ninja is a WAY better title than June Cleaver, for sure!
I totally feel the same way - one nagging mess seems like it can clutter up my whole mind, and getting it cleared out makes everything feel better!

Ginny Marie said...

Domestic Ninja! That's what I'm going to be from now on. :) I took down our artificial tree by myself, but since it breaks into 3 pieces, it's a little easier. I'm usually the one who takes it down because I'm the first one who gets sick of the tree being up.

Lenae said...

It's so empowering to realize that you are really, truly, getting something down, whether it's a re-realized achievement or a new notch on your belt ;) I, too, get crazy-eyed when my house is in disarray. Also? I love that you are a go-getter, Melissa, and that you're so proactive about moving forward, improving, and making things better.