I love a clean house. An organized house. An aaaahhhh-when-you-walk-in-the-door kind of house.
One problem. Okay, two: I hate to clean. And I (and everyone else in this house) never put stuff where it belongs (heck, we have things that don’t have anywhere to belong to!). On the three days of week that I work, when I come home after picking up the kid, I get grumpy.
There’s clutter all over the kitchen island. Dishes on the table. Dishes piled in the sink. Dirty countertops. Laundry thrown in the laundry room. Toys everywhere. Dog hair dust bunnies float across the kitchen floor (even short-hair dogs shed). I would like to sit on the couch, but first I have to move wadded up blankets, books and toys.
I head upstairs to “release the hounds.” The bed’s a tangle of sheets. There’s a plastic prehistoric gathering of dinos in the middle of my floor. There are balled up socks. The window seat is piled with clean laundry, now wrinkled, waiting to be put away. The tops of the dressers are cluttered with hair ties, random plastic garbage, a tea cup that needs to be in the sink of dishes downstairs. My bathroom is the worst probably. My jewelry and makeup is everywhere. I want to wipe the counter down, but there’s too much clutter to get to it.
I am so sick of it. But how am I supposed to keep this place clean and still take time for me to say…write a blog post…exercise…do some freelance work?
I did find this blog: A Bowl Full of Lemons. Kind of a random name, but her cleaning and organizing guides seem doable. But starting from zero is kind of hard because it feels like it’s going to take a few weeks just to get the place clean enough to maintain and then begin the daunting task of organizing and clearing out the clutter.
Sometimes I think it’d be easier if I was a stay-at-home mom, but even on my days off from work–like today–it’s already 2:40 and I feel like I have so much left to do. I’ve got an hour and a half to exercise, mop the floor and vacuum (but of course I have to pick up a bunch of dog and kid toys first) before getting the kid to track practice. And we’re just having leftovers, so thank god for that.
What do other moms do? How do you do it?