Yesterday, I had a semi meltdown. I feel like in the past couple of months I haven’t had a break. Oh, wait I do when I go to work on Sat/Sun. LOL! I homeschooled the kids for a month then summer hit so basically I have been with the kids pretty much 24/7! Everything the kids need to do I’m the one who does it with them or takes them to or we have other kids are over here.
The kids and I went on a vacation with my mom and had a blast but not much “me” time and now we are back its housework in the morning then swimming in the afternoon then dinner. I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed and crowded.
So yesterday, I went out on the porch mentally screamed “GIVE ME SPACE” because between the fighting, tattling, and the 20 questions I had just about enough. I love my kids but sometimes I need to breathe!
Dad gets a lot of “him” time so it sure would be nice if he said “Baby, go do something by yourself and leave the kids at home” I haven’t ever heard that- now when he goes to his mom’s house every couple months I get a break for the weekend and that sure is a blessing.
Wow… did that turn into a VENT- anyways last night I made the announcement after dinner that everyone was going to do a 10 minute pick up. I got some oohs and awws but I shrugged it off and followed through on my threat.
I took the kitchen, kids had their rooms/living room, and hubby had our room. Everyone jumped in and put things away so after 10 minutes my house looked like it does in the morning when I do my morning clean-up. I loved going to bed with a clean house. I loved it better getting up and knowing I didn’t have to spend 40 minutes cleaning.
I actually woke up and went outside to clean the front yard. That felt good. If everyone chips in then maybe I won’t feel like I’m doing everything (and stop bitching about it) and I might not feel so overwhelmed!
We are so doing 10 minutes CLEAN UP every night!!!!
If you’re planning a family clean up, allocate different tasks to different family members. Hoovering, sweeping, wiping surfaces, dusting, setting up an easy DIY fly trap, loading the dishwasher – whatever needs to be done. Everyone can take on one task and it’ll make the whole palaver a lot more manageable!