If you give Nicole a party to clean up after, first she’ll feel like taking a nap. Instead, she’ll stop being a baby and start cleaning the kitchen…
…she’ll stop because if she doesn’t put the 2-pound barrel of cheese balls out of sight, she’ll gain 5 pounds by Tuesday. She’ll divide them into smaller bags and hide them in the pantry, kicking herself for not giving them out as party favors as guests departed.
She’ll get back to the cleanup, wishing all of these stinking dishes were disposable (and biodegradeable, of course!).
She’ll finish up the kitchen cleanup while her sweet husband vacuums the living room, and she’ll want to go through Jack Henry’s new gifts.
But before she can do that, she’ll gather laundry, so it’s sorted and ready for tomorrow, and for the new clothes that he got to be washed first thing in the morning.
Then, before she can get to the stack of gifts, she’ll decide that the playroom needs to be reorganized a bit, making room for new toys.
She’ll start on the bins in the organizer, making 3 piles: things that are in the wrong place; trash; and donate.
Of course, she won’t stop there. She’ll move on to the toy basket, adding to the 3 piles and putting things where they belong. She contemplates for a moment that she is very anal about the playroom being organized, and then gets over it. She nets a whopping 2 toys to donate and 2 huge handfuls of trash, AKA McDonald’s toys. [She then goes to the trashcan the next day to pull a *very.important.paper* (how could I not tell????) of her kindergartener’s out of the trash.]
Before loading the toys back in the basket, she needs to vacuum the liner, as it’s filthy.
She finishes vacuuming and empties the dirt cup, but spills a little bit on the floor.
She realizes that she hasn’t cleaned the vacuum filter in a looong time, and she finds that it’s so dirty it’s amazing the vacuum can still pick anything up. So she cleans them.
Then, she gets out the stick vacuum to pick up the dirt spill, since she can’t use the big vacuum with it’s wet filters.
She loads up the toy basket, which is now not-so-overwhelmingly full of toys.
She goes back to the pile of Jack Henry’s presents.
And she feels like taking a nap.