Some days, when I need a little bit of extra motivation to get a task done, I pretend I am a cocky contestant on a reality TV show called CLEAN! THAT! HOUSE!
Here's the latest episode...
VIMB*: GERB! We're so excited to have you back here on CLEAN! THAT! HOUSE!
Me: Happy to be here, VIMB.
VIMB: Are you ready for today's challenge?
Me: Bring it on, pal.
VIMB: Today you will be bringing order to the chaos that you call YOUR PANTRY! Let's take a look...
Me: No problem.
VIMB: Oh, but WAIT! You will only have 40 minutes to complete this task before you have to pick your kids up from school.
Me: Psh. I thought this was a challenge.
VIMB: AND! You must complete this task while attending to one crying baby and two rambunctious toddlers!
Me: Child's play, VIMB. I've got this one.
VIMB: We'll see about that! Ready aaaaaaaaaaand... GO!
(40 minutes later we have a full kitchen trash can, a sleeping baby, 2 toddlers enjoying a snack, a load of clean laundry in the dryer and this...)
VIMB: Amazing, Gerb. Simply amazing. How DO you do it?
Me: Determination, VIMB. Pure and simple.
VIMB: Tune in next time when Gerb faces her walk-in closet!
Me: Wait... what did I win?
VIMB: (chuckles) How could I forget? You get to use the bathroom WITHOUT INTERRUPTION for FOUR whole minutes!
Me: This is a reality show, VIMB. Don't toy with me.
VIMB: All right, all right. How about half of a Toblerone all for yourself? You can lock yourself in the closet while Curly and Little O finish their snack.
*VIMB= Voice In My Brain