Tuesday, July 13, 2010
At the start of summer I told myself that it was going to be a summer of maintaining. I would maintain the house...keep it picked up, clean what needed to get by, not worry about falling a bit behind...the focus was going to be on the boys and survival. Getting through the first trimester of this pregnancy where not feeling great, eating, and being exhausted impact the day to day moments. I wanted the boys to have a great summer - fun, time outside, friends, mama's attention.
But as we hit the mid-summer days I am feeling a lot of pressure because it is driving me nuts that I go to bed with toys scattered ALL OVER OUR LIVING AREA. The kitchen is often piled with dishes and projects. Our garden is totally overgrown with weeds. The boys clothes are in laundry baskets, not hanging in closets or put away in drawers. The bathrooms could use a good scrub and the floors a good vacuum. And dinner has been a mish mash of quick fixes.
Beach towels get washed, grapes are washed and bagged ready for the lake or park playdates, the car is actually clean and not a disaster with sand toys, waterbottles, sunscreen and lawn chairs ready for any pitstop....
But really, I just feel soooo behind that I can't seem to catch up. Yesterday I worked on the kitchen floor and while I did that the boys trashed two other rooms that I never got on them about picking up. So this morning when I wander downstairs that overwhelming feeling is going to hit.
But does it really matter? Is it okay to just let it go for now?
A day is all I need...a day where I can clean up without more stuff being taken out. Without distraction. Where I have energy to use the day to get caught up.
So I want to know...
HOW OFTEN DO YOU:
Clean your bathrooms?
Clean/ scrub the fridge?
Wipe down cabinets?
And do you have a strategy so it isn't overwhelming? I have made cleaning schedules, lists, etc. Breaking it down does help but right now breaking it down seems so overwhelming and pointless.
Do you have help? Would you give up your month gym membership to have someone come in and do some of the jobs that you like to think you can fit into the day but when reality hits and you are busy breaking up light saber fights and toting them here and there and just maintaining the baskets of laundry and the unloading and loading of the dishwasher...a little help isn't such a out of this world thought.