CONFESSION TIME – I SUCK AT HOUSEWORK. It’s always been known that I’m a messy person. Even my blog has ‘messy’ in the title!! I don’t know how people have the time for it most days, and those that enjoy it are like a freak of nature!
I’m not dirty, theres a difference. I’m just messy. Cluttered. I get things out and think ‘I’ll put that away later’… and then don’t!
Don’t get me wrong, once I start, I cant stop. I go over all the door handles, light switches, get rid of any little handprints and bleach everything in sight! You could eat your dinner off the toilet seats when I’m done with them. It’s just the getting started I have trouble with.
Now that Dexter is in a routine with going to preschool, I do have a small amount of free time in which I could and maybe even should get some housework done. Thing is, I’m just not motivated by it. This is not helped by having a husband that loves doing it all and if there were more hours in the day, probably would do a lot more of it. I’m not blaming him, but sometimes his eagerness makes me more lazy as I know he’ll do it if I don’t.
With BabyGirl due shortly after Christmas I decided that today is the day I work out a cleaning schedule and start to stick to it. (How long I stick to it for is an entirely different subject – If anyone is doing a sweepstake, let me know, I’d like some of that action!)
I’ve worked out that if I get up when Liam gets up, I could probably have the boy child fed and my ‘jobs’ for that day all done by 10.30 easily and then have the rest of the day for us (or me if he’s at preschool). Even if I’m having a ‘bleurgh’ pregnancy day and it takes me forever, I should still easily get at least the list done for that day.
Here is my schedule. I’ve tried not to add too many jobs to each day so that its not too overwhelming. I’ve told Liam that any jobs I haven’t got round to become his too when he gets home although I intend to get them all done first thing.
There are things on there that won’t be stuck to religiously if they don’t need doing that day and some things that are only listed a couple of times but will be done when needed on top of that too.
And as for laundry, well… That’s a mission in itself!
You’ll see on there I’ve also added meal plan and shop on a Saturday. I’m hoping by making a meal plan on a saturday morning for the coming week, we can just shop for top-ups and essentials when needed and at least I’ll know what I’m doing for dinner and we will have what we need for each meal.
Hopefully by the time BabyGirl arrives, this will all be so embedded, I won’t even need to look at the list. Perhaps I could even train Dexter to help me, ha ha ha.
What are your tips for a tidy home when you have kids? I’m not all that organised so I guess thats the key but what are your ‘must do’ jobs each day?