I just worked 7 days in a row with today being my only day off before we get back to the grind, but I find myself looking forward to going back tomorrow so I can enjoy my freshly cleaned "history house" and prolong that feeling by implementing some of my FlyLady habits to keep it that way. I'm planning on making a routine schedule to help me keep up with all the cobwebs, dust bunnies and soot a historical home seems to accumulate everyday, not to mention the grit tracked in by all the visitors.
I also have issues with the fact that even if I cleaned this apartment top to bottom, it will never feel like my own bed and breakfast. No matter what I do, it will always be a small apartment where the kitchen gets close to 90 degrees whenever we use the oven, the dishwasher must be rolled across the kitchen to the sink to be run, sports are always on the TV, towels are used in lieu of real curtains, and I sleep on a couch. This place just will most likely never feel like a "home" to me, let alone a B&B.
There is where my work "home" comes in. There is just something about that house that instills that "homey" feeling in me. Although I have no actual ownership of the building I feel as though it is "my" house. This actually occurs with a lot of the employees there, and I guess when you work in a particular site long enough it is bound to happen. However, the sense that it is "mine" goes beyond being territorial. I actually take pride in that house. When I clean the butcher block table in the dairy kitchen after a long day of churning butter, I feel as though I am cleaning "my" table. When a light a fire in the cast iron stove, I feel as though I am lighting "my" stove. If I run out of time at the end of the day and can't get everything tidied before I have to leave, I feel bad that I left "my" house messy. I try to respect that house and treat it as though it really were a home and not a museum show-piece. Being that it really was a home for over 100 years, I would hope that the previous owners appreciate this! Here is a view of my work home from the front: