How It Feels When Your Habits Begin “Tightening”

Last Friday night, around 8:00 PM, I was tired. It had been a full day for me and a stressful one for the world. I was ready to get into my pajamas and snuggle with my baby girl on the couch with a mug of tea and some mindless television. Instead, I cleaned the bathroom. Let that sink in. I was tired and stressed. I needed comfort. And instead of allowing myself that comfort, I cleaned the bathroom.  Why... read more

The Life-Changing Magic of Cleaning for Writers

How often have you heard a writer say, “I couldn’t face my manuscript, so I cleaned my closet instead?” On the surface, this remark seems to be entirely about procrastination and the weight of creative work. But is it? What if decluttering, organizing and cleaning are skills we writers truly need? Decluttering is a lot like editing. We find things in our home that no longer serve a... read more

Creativity in Cleaning

When it came time to return to work, I was most worried about how I would get my household chores done. I used to divide my regular cleaning between days, working around Edwin’s schedule: vacuuming the kitchen and attached dining room while he lingered in his high chair; scrubbing the bathroom during nap time. I knew I wouldn’t have that time available to me once school started, and I wanted... read more

The Best Hour Of My Day

I lay down with Edwin on the couch this morning, just before breakfast, to watch a few minutes of Sesame Street. He’d had a 5 AM wakeup, so he’d been up and playing for almost three hours. Quickly, quietly, and about 90 minutes before his usual morning nap time, he fell asleep on top of me. For a few minutes I considered waking him up, feeding him breakfast and distracting him until his energy came... read more