How Clean is Your House?

My house is a disaster. A complete and udder disaster. When you are a working mom who also happens to have a flourishing side business, something in your life has to be sacrificed. Unfortunately, it’s the housework.

Between having a 2 year old who has the attention span of knat and moves from toy to toy creating a bath of distruction and not having the motivation to clean during the week, it just never happens. When I walk through the door at 4:30, my first thought isn’t “Let’s pick up this mess”, it’s “What’s for dinner and how quickly can I get it done?”. After dinner, we start running the rat race: tubby time, snack, books, show, bedtime routine. By then it’s close to 8 and who feels like getting their butt of their couch to clean? That’s when I usually do my editing and play around on the interwebz.

Then the weekend comes. And let me tell you, cleaning that mess is the last thing that I would want to do with my  time. Most weekends, I have at least one session (and sometimes even 2). When I don’t have a session, I am worried about spending quality time with E and doing things as a family. And cleaning is not my definition for quality time.

But I am at my breaking point. It’s just becoming too overwhelming at the moment. When I visit friends and family and see their immaculate houses, it makes me feel like a failure. I pick myself up by telling myself that they simply rushed around and threw crap in the closets and bedrooms moments before our arrival. That’s what everyone does, right?

If only I had a day off from work to tackle it. I’ve taken quite a few days off from work to do just that. But I don’t see one in my near future. And honestly, what’s the point? My work is usually ruined moments after the torando comes home from day care.

Who wants to volunteer and do it for me? You will be my bestest friend in the whole wide world if you did!


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  1. It is definitely discouraging to clean house when you know the "tornado" is going to make it much harder. When I was working FT I did take a day and clean and during the week just kept picking up. I think if you start from a major clean and then keep doing small clean jobs during the week and pick up, it won't be so overwhelming. I am trying to find a happy balance myself now that I'm working only 8 hours a week. I have so much time but I spend it with kids and have to find snippets of time to clean.
    But if you want, I'll come deep clean for ya!

  2. Mine isn't any better and I'm at home all day. Because if I clean it up while they are awake, they just mess it right back up again. And then I'm too tired at night.

    I need a full day w/o kids here to get it done!

  3. Aww sweetie my house constantly looks as if a tornado blew through. I am a SAHM but myschedule with my mom nad kids is so hectic I barely have time to think let alone clean.

  4. It doesn't have to be perfect. It just doesn't. Try not to beat yourself up!

  5. I work full time, commute 1.5 hours one way (due to traffic) and I am married to a cleaning nazi! I tell him that all the time. My house only stays clean because of him. ugh….I wish it could be dirty….don't worry about it though, a person can only do so much. Make a list of things you want to do, concentrate on one area at at time, when that is done, mark it off your list and move on to the next. Try not to stress about it, your house will always be there, but your kids won't…meaning they will grow up and move away. I have to remind my husband of that all the time.

  6. My house is never clean. I work full time and have 4 kids, two of them an adult and a 16 year old. You would think with them being home all day they would look for ways to bless me. Nope. They get lazy and "forget". I too feel guilty when I see the beautiful homes of other full-time working moms like me. I need to hire a maid for sure!

  7. I have an award for you! 🙂

  8. You have a lot on your plate! I can totally understand not wanting to clean. My apartment is a hot mess, but I have absolutely no excuses, except that I hate cleaning >.<

  9. You have a lot on your plate. My house is a wreck too and I'm home but they just keep messing it up.

    When you find someone, can you send them to mind next?

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