i really thought that when i decided to be a stay at home mama that i would be able to maintain a clean house, put a great meal on the table every night, and have some free time. i misjudged. life with a kiddo is busy – everything takes longer than you think, and i find myself leaving little piles of papers or toys or shoes that i’ll come back to later – and later turns into a few days.
i like to think i’m a pretty organized person, a big time list-maker who also likes to check things off – sometimes i write down something i’ve already done just so i can put a nice little check beside it. the mister might say that i have a few ‘monica’ tendencies when i go on a cleaning rampage. so why can’t i keep this house consistently under control!?! i’ve come to the realization that i just feel a bit overwhelmed.
with more kids in the future (no, not right now), i’ve decided i need to create a system for myself. so, i’m going to institute a ‘chore of the day’ to (hopefully) help me feel less overwhelmed by it all. i’ll assign myself a section of the house, or a certain task for each day, meaning we should consistently have a pretty clean abode – i can use beckett’s nap time for this. i’m also, at the end of the day, going to do a 10 minute pick-up. my mom put this into action when we were kids, and i hope to do it with beckett too. you can do more than you think in 10 minutes, especially with help – “many hands make short work”, as my mom would say.
this is what i’m thinking:
monday: bathrooms, grocery shop
tuesday: living room
wednesday: errands, vacuum
thursday: kitchen – clean out frig and mop floor
friday: dining room and family room
Sunday: free day
i think this will put me on the road to creating a little more order around here and not feeling consumed by it. do you have any secrets to keeping your house a well-oiled machine? do share!