Do you struggle to keep your house clean? I did as a little kid, had the cleanest house in the family as a teen and now that I have 3 active boys, ha, I feel like I am drowning in a mess almost daily. Most of the time I can pull things together but if even for a day I slack off with the cleaning it seems like whatever mess I cleaned a couple of days before reappears in duplicate! Does this happen to you too or am I alone here?
In January I came down with the nasty flu virus and was down and out for several weeks. Honestly besides one severe stomach bug that no matter how hard I have tried to forget can not leave my memory, this flu was the worst I have ever felt while being sick. The kids were great and so was hubby. They worked hard to make sure I had food and left me alone to get the rest I needed. However, after I was finally back on my feet I was left with a mess of a mess, that was supposed to be our home. While the boys and hubby took care of the dishes and cooking they did not vacuum, sweep, do laundry or really do anything else. It honestly looked like a tornado came through my house. When I was back on my feet I couldn’t stay that way for long. The flu had drained me! I had to take many, many breaks throughout the day just so I could get by.
If recovering from the worst sickness I had ever dealt with before wasn’t enough I found out about a homeschool opportunity in our area that had a short window of time to sign up for. Regardless of being in recovery mode, I just had to check it out. I went to an information meeting and left with a lot of questions and a huge decision to make. Guess what happens when I am in decision mode? Yeah, not much else gets done. I wish I could say that wasn’t the case but that isn’t my reality. When big decisions come down my path I tend to think through the pros and cons, watch lots of YouTube videos, read lots of articles, scour the internet for price comparisons, call friends for advice, sit and ponder, pray and eventually make the decision. While all these steps are going on I tend to get lost in the process and a lot of things slip through the cracks. Decisions equals a messy house, at least in my world.
So guess what our house looks like right now. Yeah a GIANT mess. I feel like I am still trying to recover from the several weeks of hubby and the boys “taking care” of the house while I was sick. Now this homeschool decision is on my shoulders. I guess the good part is I recognize that. To start moving forward and get my house back I started tackling one project at a time. First was finding the kitchen since things were put away out-of-order and every time I was cooking I got frustrated trying to find anything. It seems like cooking was taking twice as long just because of having to hunt for items. Next was to start plowing through the laundry, one load at a time. When all that was done it was time to find my youngest son’s room.
He has a major tendency to hold on to everything. Everything is special and everything needs to be saved. Ugh. That’s a story for another time. So instead of trying to deal with all that mess I went in and literally rounded up anything that didn’t have a home. I piled it all up in our living room and started sorting it all out with him.
The idea is to get his room to have that finished look so he can function and see what we are working hard for. This helps him to refocus on the job of sorting and is a HUGE help to him, and me. When all the sorting was done we were left with only the absolute favorites. The rest either was boxed up to be donated or went in the trash. What we were left with was a bin of his favorite science items, a bin for remote control items and action figure collectibles, a few things to add to a wall shelf for decorations and his target shooting game which I honestly have no idea where we are going to put but is just too cute and fun to get rid of.
Icing in Sight
We finished going through my son’s bedroom mess last night. Now my focus is on cleaning the rest of the living room so we can function effectively in our homeschool space. Sure we have been doing school now for a bit after I was back on my feet but honestly it has been more sit on the couch with me, let’s use the dinning room table because the school desk is a mess, kind of thing. I am ready to be working in our normal school space again; back to a normal routine. It seems this recover time from being sick is taking so much longer than normal because of my lack of energy and this decision we are making. However, I can see progress and that is all that maters. I know my family is eating well, wearing clean clothes, being educated and that really is all that needs to matter right now. The rest, having a clean house, is just icing on the cake. I may LOVE the icing but for now, in this small window of time, the icing isn’t necessary. In the mean time I need to stop beating myself up for our messy house. I will keep tackling one project at a time, and each time I do I get closer to seeing that icing appear on my cake.