Monday, March 29, 2010

Whine & Dine (A Whiny Post)

I'm down with a case of can't get my life together syndrome. Obviously I was never good at getting it together, but the last few weeks have been pretty interesting. I can clearly see what needs to be done, and I can even take the first step to get things picked up and put away, but then I just stall out.

Earlier this week I cleaned the living room. I tipped up the couches, vacuumed everything, organized what stays in the living room and put everything that doesn't belong in a laundry basket to be sorted and put away. Those 2 laundry baskets are still sitting in my dining room. If I just sorted them it would take maybe 10 minutes, but my brain can't focus on that since I feel like I could do 10 minute jobs for the rest of my life and still not get it all done.

As a "good mom" I'm supposed to remember that my kids won't remember whether there were laundry baskets in my dining room for 2 weeks and do something fun with them instead. As a good time manager I'm supposed to schedule a time when I do my cleaning and organizing that still allows for family time. Unfortunately I tried that (remember the living room cleaning!) and didn't even get one room done. As a good housekeeper I'm supposed to be Spring Cleaning using one of those never ending lists that include taking pillows outside to air out and wiping heating registers. I'll get right one that...

With my 1 year blogiversary coming up on Wednesday it's become more clear than ever that not only am I no better at life than I was a year ago, but looking at my dining room it's almost worse. I don't want to be super mom, and I'm fine with never airing my pillows or wiping the heat registers, but keeping up on the dishes and laundry still seems like a fantasy.

I wanted to do a giveaway for my blogiversary, but fittingly I didn't get my crap together in time... there's always next year!

3 Thoughts From Others:

Kim said...

So, we just cleaned the tops of the cabinets, and all the crap that was up there, this weekend. That would be the first time it's been done since we moved in in 2002. Gross. But who cares, as long as your babies are loved and happy.

Shell said...

You know, I've been thinking about this a lot this past week. We moms can be judged unfairly - often the most critically from ourselves - but really, what if we took a step back and thought about what we really accomplished in a day instead of focusing on what we didn't?

Yesterday I was feeling all bad about wrinkled sheets and furry floors and I lost site of the fact that the very same day I made my daughter belly laugh while making blanket forts. I forgot that I spent three hours mowing the front lawn. I forgot about the twelve loads of laundry that did get finished and put away and on and on and on.

It's so easy to focus on what didn't get done because often what gets done are the things that no one sees. No one realizes that I've picked up the dog poo until a day comes that I don't and they step in it.

I admit, I follow your blog not only because I really enjoy your wit and humor but because you really do keep it real. I get tired of all of the "perfect people" out in bloggy land and really just want to spend my precious down time "with" people that I feel I can relate to.

So, I guess in a very long winded ranty type of way I'm just trying to tell you to keep up the good work.

Jess said...

I think that every SAHM has these feelings. We have been trained to think that we should be June Cleaver. Perfect in every way. Never stressed, overwhelmed or overtired. But this is not the reality.
I know that there are times that I could better use to my advantage, but right now I am commenting to you with 5 baskets of unfolded laundry and a full dryer. LOL
We just do the best we can. But know that you are never alone.

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