Crapitude, Continued

Oh. My. Lord.

May has been by far the worst month of my LIFE, hands down, bar none. I seriously haven't had one good day since, like, the 2nd of the month. And it doesn't appear to be getting much better, though I'm trying my very hardest to be optimistic (obviously it isn't working, can you tell?). I promise I'm not usually this much of a downer, but damn. Is karma coming back to bite me on my ass for something horrible I've done? ... On second thought, don't answer that. ;)

I don't usually blog twice in one day. But today has just been all-around frustrating, and here's why. I love, love, LOVE a clean (or at least picked up) house. To be in an environment of chaos and disorder irritates the crap out of me. But since I've been sick for two days, and Curtis has been working, here's what my house looks like right now:

(In case you can't see it, the "WTF?" is in reference to a weird brown stain on my pillowcase that I know I didn't put there. I'm almost scared to know what it is.)

Anyway, so that's that. And I didn't even take pictures of my bedroom, or the bathroom ... but suffice it to say, they're equally disgusting. I still feel like crap, but I figured that the mess was making me feel even worse ... so I pulled myself up by the bootstraps this evening and tried to improve my situation. I got a load of laundry in the wash and came back upstairs to clean up a bit.

While I was moving throughout the house picking up this and that, I noticed that I could smell the detergent from upstairs. I thought it was odd, but I figured it was just the first thing I could actually get a whiff of in two days, and that's why it was so strong to me. Little did I know, though, that this was the reason why:

One of the cats had apparently knocked my economy-sized bottle of detergent off the washer and onto the floor. (And to add insult to injury, the little bastard hadn't even knocked off the generic version - it had to be the pricier one. Go figure.)

I don't even know how to go about cleaning up a mess like this. Logic tells me to sop it all up with towels and then throw them in the wash (sans soap, naturally) ... but my washer is high-efficiency, which means it takes very little detergent, which means a load of soap that big would almost surely make an even bigger mess. I'm out of paper towels. Meanwhile, the kids were running amok upstairs and I was praying they wouldn't come down to the laundry room and track all over the place.

So I sopped it up with four towels, a bunch of bedsheets from the hamper, and a T-shirt. I could rinse them out in the sink ... but my sink is full of dishes. I could rinse them out in the tub ... but my tub is full of toys. (I could remove the dishes, and the toys, but who wants to do all that after cleaning up a mess of that magnitude?)

I've just washed the soapy sheets by themselves. I've got a few more loads of laundry to do anyway, so I figure I'll just toss a soapy towel in with each load. Surely that won't overload the washer with suds ... right?

I'll keep you posted.


  1. LOL I'm sure you'll be glad for June to hurry up & get here. Hope that theory works for you - 1 towel per load! And that'd be my luck too - the more expensive would fall.

  2. Something like this happened to me recently. I had left my detergent sitting on the back of my dryer with the lid not tightly sealed. Apparently my cat didn't like it there either and knocked it off. ALL of my brand new economy sized detergent went down my dryer vent! Luckily most of it drained out the vent, it was a huge mess. At first I thought my dryer was completely ruined, but it's still ticking. Damn cats!

    BTW I had to use towels too, there's just not any good way to really clean a mess like that up. I hope next month is better for you!!

  3. My house looks like that sometimes. Actually, it looks like that right now even though I JUST cleaned it. Ugh.

    Oh and that brown stain on your pillow? Most likely chocolate. At least, that's what it would be over here.

  4. Your kids' bedroom looks like my son's. (Normally that's what the girls' room would look like, too, but they actually got some work done on it this past weekend.) Sometimes, I've just got to close the door and let it go. (They are old enough to pick up on their own, or have to live with the results.)

  5. My detergent issue is nowhere near the magnitude of yours, but without fail, anytime Mike does a load of laundry the detergent bottle ends up with tons of detergent running down the sides and handle. How he accomplishes that EVERY SINGLE TIME, I'll never know. Hope everything gets better soon.

  6. You'll all be pleased to know that the one-towel-at-a-time method worked, and there were no sudsy fiascos. :)

    But I washed our bedding and that brown stain is STILL on the pillowcase. WTF?

  7. I think the one towel at a time thing is a great idea - glad to hear it worked. And don't feel too bad about the mess - my house looks like that everyday even though I pick up the toys every night at bedtime. it is called the baby bomb and it is unavoidable. And even though it makes me practically vibrate with the need to clean it up I try to limit myself to picking up once a day so i don't get too frustrated when they destroy everything agian. Which leaves me with such peace at night when it's all tidy and the kids are in bed. Great blog - hope you feel better soon.

  8. Boy does that first pic look familiar. That's our family room on a daily basis!

  9. lol, i love it. yet again all i can do is repeat my FAV saying EVER:

    "cleaning your house while your children are little is like trying to shovel your driveway in a snowstorm"

    gotta love it!!


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