I had a good day yesterday, Tuesday being my day for catching up with domestic and administrative chores. To begin with, I decided to declutter the linen cupboard, particularly with regard to towels. I've decided that I no longer want any white or pale coloured towels. They dirty too easily and I never have been particularly partial to the belief that towels should be white and fluffy. I leave that myth to the hotels to uphold. Besides, a bit of colour never goes amiss and at least I can match towels to bath mats, as I don't own a white bath mat. The darkest I'm prepared to go from now on is a mid grey.
The white towels, which are still in pretty good condition are going to the charity shop. They don't often get used anyway. They reside at the bottom of the cupboard and tend to get left until the ironing and washing piles are so high that there are no coloured ones available, so we can probably manage without them very well. I'm adopting the same approach to my kitchen linen and my bed linen, very little will be left that is light in colour, especially after Little Bird managed to stain my lovely white/aqua printed duvet cover with her Hello Kitty lip wand and it wouldn't wash out. It was the final straw. I feel a lot better having made the decision. I just have to implement it fully now.
Later, I managed to get out and about and carry out a few vital errands. My library books needed taking back, a prescription needed dropping into the doctors, a visit to the Post Office and a small amount of vital shopping at a couple of shops on the high street.
Whilst at the library, I picked up a few business orientated books and as I had to wait in the car before continuing on to the doctor's (they were closed for lunch), I started reading one of them which proved very interesting. It's called the Lazy Person's Guide to Success. I found myself enjoying it from the very first page. It's not about telling you how to be lazy and do nothing, but it does advocate the idea of smart working, i.e. working less and thinking more, thereby working in a more thoughtful and significant way, as opposed to being constantly busy doing mainly insignificant things. I love this type of book and whilst I realise that reading it is giving myself one more thing to do, I'm hoping I might be able to glean some wisdom from it. If nothing else, it is armed with some wonderful philosophical quotes such as this.
'It is not enough to be busy.... The question is: what are we busy about?' - Henry David Thoreau.
Anyway, less of the philosophy, I had stuff to do. The afternoon was spent posting out orders, catching up on my banking, paying bills, domestic chores and cleaning out cupboards after another mouse infestation. Said mouse has now sadly departed to another life courtesy of OH. I'm hoping there was just the one.
In the evening, whilst OH was out at the Velodrome, I passed a relatively pleasant evening watching Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners, which I do love. There was a classic moment this week when two dog owning ladies who obsessively clean their houses to the point where they score less than 20 when their kitchen cabinets were swabbed for bacteria, had their dogs paws swabbed which showed they carried 5000+. I know dogs aren't squeaky clean animals, but this was a bit of a surprise. Even so, I won't be swapping our dog for a clean house any day soon. A bit of dirt never hurt anyone, it's a good job too in our house.