If doing the same thing and expecting a different result is the definition of insanity, then any person who has ever cleaned their house is likely to be certifiable.
I spent the better part of three hours today scrubbing my floors and baseboards. Like, on my knees, and not in the way that makes my husband really happy. Moving furniture, sweeping with a broom AND a vacuum, physically scrubbing the floors till they shined...the whole nine yards.
Then the family came in from outside.
Now, it's spring. I hate spring to the point I felt it necessary to document why on the Internet. And while the weather is unseasonably cold so the ground is still frozen, the snow has already melted, and we have not gotten any rain for the past few days (AKA, no mud), there is still all kinds of shit to track in on my nice clean floors besides mud. Like pine needles. Dried, crumpled leaves from last fall. Or dog hair.
Dear God, the dog hair. Who had the great idea to get both a border collie/husky mix and a Malamute mix? Plus a cat and a Jack Russell Terrier? Animals fucking shed, people. And its not all nice and contained like when a snake sheds their skin. Oh, no. That shit gets everywhere. Even when the fuckers aren't in the house, I still find dog hair. I've considered opening my own dog toupee making business or donating to Locks of Love, Doggy Style. Is that a thing? If it isn't it should be. I'd totally donate, and not just because I am sick of the hair all over my house. Strictly because the name is made of awesome.
It is always this way though. I get the house clean and everyone around me comes and systematically undoes what I just did. Then I fume and grumble, and clean it again. And the cycle goes on and on, like the housekeeping version of Groundhog Day.
I'm really bad about making my family clean up after themselves. Mostly because I know (and unfortunately they know) that I will go crazy with the mess way before they will. And of course, no one in the house ever actually makes the mess. It's the gremlins who apparently come out when I've just fucking cleaned to spill that juice on the floor and leave it for Mom to clean. Because we just like to really fuck with her head and see exactly how well her meds are working today. Those gremlins are ASSHOLES sometimes. Why can't they do something useful, like leave random margaritas lying around the house instead of random dishes that you may or may not need a haz-mat suit on first to be able to safely put them in the dishwasher?
So yeah. It makes me feel a little bit better, though, to know that at least some aspects of my crazy aren't unique to me. It's the feeling of community and of having a tribe, doncha know? You aren't in this fight alone. You aren't the only one who secretly wishes the family would stay outside just for an hour longer so you can enjoy the fruits of your labor for more than 5 minutes. You aren't the only one who despises the gremlins who anonymously leave a sticky, crumb filled trail of destruction in their invisible wakes.
Makes me wonder, though, if a better definition of insanity is doing the same thing, knowing the result you are going to get is not a satisfactory one, yet doing it anyways. Either/or. I think I've made my case.
Cleaning is insanity.