A friend and I were talking last week about how to be better homemakers. She mentioned an insight she gained by watching this video by Whitney Johnson and how she says to Disrupt yourself to be happier ~ step 1 is to pick a place where no one is playing or wants to play and do something about it. Her interpretation as a mother - pick a place that no one cleans or wants to clean and do something about it. For both of us this meant one place. That blessed toilet.
The toilet and I are not friends. He seems to know that I don't like him,
and so he feels the need to tempt my toddlers to put their hands on him, like down under the seat our around the back (ugh!) as they climb up to the sink, gross, and I quickly wash their hands. Or if I'm ever doing something in the bathroom, he somehow lures the baby to step over right next to him and she want to grab the toilet brush
which also makes me snatch her away in disgust and I give him a nasty look - YOU GROSS TOILET! I'll do the quick scrub of the bowl and a brief disinfectant wipe down around him, but part of me figures that the less time I'm around that toilet (esp the one in the kids' bathroom) the better.
I also have a memory of talking with a fellow mother at a neighborhood
bbq 2 years ago and for some reason we were talking about cleaning
toilets and she said when she does she has to unscrew the seat and get
all the nasty stuff under there. I'd never done that, but her comment
planted a seed in my thoughts that it needed to be done. Of course that would increase the time and effort taken if I were to clean the bathrooms that well, and I want to spend as little time around that toilet as
possible. Poor toilet, no one wants to take care of him, until yesterday, when I finally chose to disrupt myself...
The toilet and I are friends now, and instead of cringing when I make the rounds turning off lights and making sure little people have flushed, I beam at that Throne with great pride - "Hello you clean and pretty toilet!" Instead of disgust at it or disappointment in myself, I feel a great sense of accomplishment and happiness!
SO, moral of the lesson, go pick a place in your home, life, or whatever that no one is doing or wants to do anything about, and DO something, and see how you feel after!