Today, I began to write the handover notes to the person who bought our flat. That’s right. We sold our flat- listed on a Thursday, an offer accepted the next Friday. Mind Boggling! To be honest, I’m not sure how I kept up the pristine state we had to have the flat looking nearly everyday for a week of viewings. Nothing gets out the marigolds quicker than the idea of a dozen strangers walking through your home and judging it.
I think that’s how I stumbled across mrshinchhome_x_ on Instagram. And like thousands of others, I was hooked on the cleaning guru very quickly. The organisation! The products! I mean…I didn’t realise I needed a bottle of Zoflora in my life until now. Mate. Maaaate. I need some Minkehs and Pinkeh’s in my cupboards stat. And a Dave and a Buddy and all manner of Essex name branded cleaning tools.
But it was a little more than that. Mrs Hinch’s A star achieving levels of cleanliness appeased the anxiety in me. When life around me feels too chaotic, I clean. When I need to feel like I’ve got a handle on things, I clean. When my home is tidy and sparkling, my mind quietens down. It’s not so much an itch to scratch, it’s a worry that is soothed.
On Monday afternoon, I strapped Ava into her Doona and we pounded the pavement to our nearest Pound shop. I stocked up on a few things that I thought could work for my own cleaning repertoire and I barely waited five minutes within getting home before I was pouring capfuls of Zoflora (Citrus Fresh fyi) down the plughole. After dinner, I wiped down all the surfaces with a new Pinky and later on I have plans to make up a spray bottle with my fabric conditioner.
Needless to say, this is me, trying to soothe my anxiety, to get a grip and control something in my life at the moment. Selling a home and trying to buy a new home, whilst juggling a four month old going through a really un-fun sleep regression is making my brain fidget. When I see clear and shiny countertops, a room smelling fresh and clean, clothes folded and put away and carpets crisply vacuumed…it stops me from fretting over other things. I can’t control the uncertainty that life sometimes throws at you, but I can control my environment! And it will smell like blue Lenor!