Thursday, February 25, 2010

What do you DO all day?

Have you ever felt like everything you do in a day doesn't really matter because you just have to do it all over again the next day? (Dishes, laundry, picking up the house, etc.) I guess it didn't really bother me until I became a "stay-at-homer," but I was feeling a little bit like a robot.

So what was my solution? I just stopped doing it. Everything. No laundry, dishes, grocery shopping, cleaning up little messes, NOTHING. It wsn't exactly by choice, like I was sitting back eating bon bons and watching the dust bunnies collect under the couch. (What exactly is a bon bon? It sounds good...)

For the last two weeks I've been CRAMMING to get a major grant application done for 3 schools. Lots of phone calls, meetings, emails, interviews ... and not a lot of time to be a housewife. (Or a stellar mommy - you can see how Ella feels about my job.) So what was the result?? Let me put it this way: I took pictures to make this blog post more interesting, and was disgusted by even the pictures, so consider yourself lucky that only the office made the cut.

I really got the hint when my mom came over to visit and just randomly started wiping and scrubbing things... Then I woke up two days ago ready to head down to another morning of work before the baby woke up, and couldn't find ANY clean unders or even see kitchen sink to get a drink. Sick. So, fearing DCFS or the camera crew for Hoarders would show up, I cleaned the house for 2 hours and now I can function like a relatively-normal human being again.

So, what did I learn? No, not that I should keep up on my chores. I realized that, although not very sanitary, doing two hours of cleaning only once every two weeks is sure a lot easier than doing the same things all day everyday to maintain a clean house. Maybe I'll keep this up! (Or, Jon, can you get another wife somewhere??)


Tara said...

I have a fantastic recipe for bon bons that involves chocolate and peanut butter. Very yummy!

As far as what I do all day ... sometimes it is a success if myself and the kiddos are all dressed in clean outfits and have had two meals by the time Johnny comes home.

Amy and Clark said...

Nice! I can't keep a clean house and it's just me and Clark! I can totally join you on the two hours a week every two weeks thing.

Heather said...

it would only take you two hours for two weeks of work, good night, i have triple that every other DAY! I am sellng my kids.... and maybe matt, they are all messy!
Welcome to the life of a work at home mom, i think its harder!

ConnieStance said...

Just sell your house and live in a tent. Then you can just open the door and let the wind and rain clean it out.
But really who cares if there's a mess? It will get cleaned up eventually, no need to stress for the time being, right?
Plus Ella will never remember this time, it will just help her to appreciate the times when you are clean.
Good luck with getting your grants done, hopefully you submit them digitally so when one is mistakenly used to replace the missing underwear they won't notice! uh oh.....

caitlin said...

See this is why Angelina Jolie and Brad can have 10 million babies. They have housekeepers!