Don’t ever let your bath overflow
I’m sure I was channeling a younger Alanis Morissette on Monday afternoon after I’d barely survived my first day of full independence post knee-operation.
The kids were deposited at school without incident. Then I spent the day out and about running errands and doing the groceries. My knee wasn’t happy about that but it was all very necessary in my newly reinstated role as manager of the house.
Despite my protesting knee, I even managed to follow up by collecting the kids too.
It was a successful day. Until it wasn’t.
This is where Alanis comes in. I was going so well with everything until I ballzed up SO COMPLETELY that I could literally hear her in my head, crooning “Isn’t it ironic?”:
Then afterwards all I could hear was her screeching “You Outta Know” throughout my brain:
You see, it’s advisable NOT to run a bath for your children and then forget about it. Take it from me – it’s not fun to have your bath overflow onto your carpet…
So the water ran over the neglected bath and flowed into the hallway and into Gilbert & Matilda’s rooms. It even ran through the ceiling fan in the rumpus immediately below. Oops.
I think this now overtakes my previous top domestic disaster of nearly setting our rented house on fire with a pan of hot oil that ignited before my eyes. At least that didn’t lead to hundreds of dollars of expense.
Anyway, we spent most of the evening soaking up the water with every single towel we owned in the house (it turns out we have 44 towels – I have no idea how we’ve amassed so many).
I also made a panicked call to a carpet drying emergency line who allayed my fears and came out the next day to assess the damage & treat the carpet.
Apparently it could have been much worse and we did well soaking up what we did. We now have two industrial blowers circulating air in Gilbert & Matilda’s rooms (the rooms next to the bathroom) and we’re hopeful there’ll be no lasting damage to the carpet or underlay.
While I feel like a complete tool for making such a stupid mistake, there has been some unexpected benefits from this situation:
- My carpets are going to get a long overdue clean. When the technician comes back to pick up the fans later in the week he’s going to clean the carpets in the entire top floor. This is something I always planned to do but never got around to organising. Yay me for finally following through.
- The kids’ rooms are going to get a much needed clean out. I need to clear up their floors as much as possible for the carpet cleaning so I may as well go the whole hog and completely spring clean their rooms too. Nothing says “I’m back on deck” like a full-on spring cleaning operation.
- All my towels are now clean after I undertook 3 x 8kg loads of towel washing on Tuesday. Some of them hadn’t been used (or actually seen, if I’m honest) since we moved in over 2 years ago. At least they are now clean and in some sort of order in my linen closet.
- I now know that I have WAY too many towels. Did you know I had 44 towels, 14 hand towels and 14 face washers? No wonder I didn’t know about the existence of some of them! This sorry situation has allowed me to undertake a real cull. I can now fully close the linen closet door for the first time in forever – hurrah!
So while I’m never going to be a domestic goddess (I’m more like a domestic disaster zone) at least I can learn from my mistakes and see the positive side.
Now, what can I ballz up next???
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