The Joy of a job well done.

You know how sometimes you wake up in the morning and you have a PLAN. In this plan you will ACCOMPLISH many things. You will also become (miraculously) the perfect mother, wife, and housekeeper in the 8 seconds before you drag your sorry self out of bed. By the end of the day you will have COMPLETED your to do list. You will feel FULFILLED and SATISFIED.

ya. that is totally what I felt like this morning for about a millisecond BEFORE I got out of bed.

INSTEAD I spent the entire day playing catch up. I always felt one step behind where I was supposed to be. I also watched all the cleaning I did yesterday get destroyed by 9 am. And had I miraculously turned into the world's best housekeeper that would not have been a problem. Tragically, I was still just me. And as "just me" I was terribly disappointed when all manner of things were dropped, spilled, trod on, and mushed into the floors I HAND WASHED yesterday.

Yes... I actually got down on my hands and knees and scrubbed my floors. I even wiped down my cupboards (I was truly amazed at the amount of ick on my cupboard doors... how does it all get there?? Are the cats chucking stuff at my cupboard doors during the night? Do theives break in to steal all our amazing stuff and once they realize we don't have any amazing stuff decide to smear ick on my cupboard doors in revenge?).

But I can now say with authority that it was a complete waste of time. I might just as well have left everything as it was because if you looked at my floors today you would never have known they were spotless for 30 nanoseconds yesterday.

I tried valiantly to get all my paperwork done and bills paid and papers filed and I actually managed to get two things done... out of about a hundred. But still, 2 down 98 to go.

My sons, however, had a VERY productive day. They built this fabulous "machine" in my living room...
which they were exceedingly proud of... and most annoyed at Olivia for wanting to touch it. In her defence the "machine" was made out of mostly her toys. I am continually amazed by my sons' creativity and my daughter's determination to destroy their handiwork.

I am LESS amazed by the mess their creativity creates in my house...
the poor "machine" didn't have a chance.

And so, as I near the very end of my day, I can say with utmost confidence Super Mom does NOT live here. But if you see her around please send her over because I have some floors that need scrubbing.

Comments

Mekhismom said…
LOL, I know it is frustrating but can you imagine what things would look like if you hadn't made the effort to clean? BTW my son has the musical chair too - he loves it!
I feel the same way. I should have taken a picture of my boys' bedroom after their sister dumped every single Transformer and pirate "figure" onto the floor and played with them, interspersing them with her "Little People." You can't come back from that kind of chaos. You just can't.

At least I can't.
Ruthie said…
Man...are you sure that's not my living room??? It sure does look like it. Wait a minute...nope...mine is a lot worse than that. :P

Just got through approving your ad on Entrecard and thought I'd come check you out. Nice blog you have here! Will definitely come back to read more!

Take care!
Vicki said…
You are describing my days! As I'm trying to homeschool my oldest, my youngest is destroying the house. Oh, and I don't even want to get started on how dirty leather couches can get...
Robyn said…
Hehe, I vote we chuck all the guys in our lives into one house, & you & Olivia hang out with me. Oh, the cleanliness we'd accomplish without boys to muck it all up!!!
Natalie said…
lol...you just made me feel more NORMAL!
Kristen Andrews said…
Glad I am not the only one. I feel the same way and I run a biz out of my house so it can be hard to balance. We have a lot of the same toys. My house would be empty w/ out all the toys! My kiddo actually colored w/ a pen on my once treasured couch!
kailani said…
I know what you mean. I've totally given up straightening up the house during the day. It's a lost cause!
ChristiS said…
I'm with ya too, girlie! I had to giggle at the thought of the thieves coming in and flinging ick on the cabinets, though!

I got my book in the mail today!! Thank you so much!!
Channah said…
I'm to the point where I'm wondering how effective it would be to just simply place drop cloths over every square inch of my house, and just gather them up and toss them whenever the clutter got too bad. Of course, I'd have to make sure to pull the kiddo out of the pile before tossing.
Amanda said…
I can totally relate to you!
Kelly said…
hang in there! cleaning with children in the house is like trying to nail jello to a tree. if it makes you feel any better, my dog peed on my floor WHILE i was mopping. stupid dog.

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