I have a problem. I don’t know how to keep a clean house and be a mother. I don’t know how to just “straighten up.” Really, I don’t.
When I start cleaning, it’s all or nothing. I can’t just wipe down the counters and put the dishes in the dishwasher. I have to also polish the cupboards, scrub the baseboards, and completely re-organize the fridge. It’s a disgusting habit, I’m aware.
Clearly, this style of cleaning doesn’t work with little ones in the house. That’s why my house is always either a complete pigsty or magazine-ready.
I truly have no sense of balance.
Some days, I lose all control. I go to sleep in last night’s unmade bed, with toys covering the floor, and wrinkled and unfolded clothes still in the dryer.
Other days, I feel like Martha Stewart. I have everything cleaned and organized, candles lit, and fresh flowers in vases.
I’m starting to slowly accept the mama lifestyle. I realize that it’s okay for my home to have evidence that children live here. And I realize that, to the outside world, my house appears to be pretty darn clean.
But, as I’m sure many other stay-at-home mamas can relate, it’s hard when you are in the house all day. You notice things that need to be done. Fans that need dusting, curtains that need washing, closets that need organizing. So, as a mother, you have two options: either spend endless hours cleaning it all or sit on the couch overwhelmed, staring at the mess. I somehow need to figure out a happy medium of these two extremes.
Fellow mamas, any tips? I could use all the help I can get!