So what do you do when you’re trying to juggle work, life, a partner, a kid, or kids, a house, and whatever else you have on the go? There is no way you can keep all those balls in the air. So which ones do you toss in the trash?
Well, I’ve found that cleanliness, which many people seem to think is next to godliness, is the first to go. I used to shower on a regular basis. Now, if I get a shower twice a week, well, then I’m doing great! My kids, who get way dirtier than I do, only get bathed twice a week too. They’re little, people expect them to smell a bit. Also, the less you wash your hair, the less it seems to need it. Who knew!?
After personal hygiene, you can also start to let your home cleanliness go. Let’s face it, your kids will make a mess of everything. They drop food all over the place, track in mud and other unmentionable stuff. During potty training, there’s the inevitable ammonia ring around the toilet.
Personally I only wash the floor in small bits, as the kids spill things that leave obvious stains. And the carpet only gets vacuumed when there’s a noticeable crunch underfoot. Dusting? Well that just doesn’t happen ever. Unless we’re having people over, which we have no time to do either. Probably a good thing, since we’re all starting to stink a bit.
In my defense, I do laundry on a regular basis. And by regular basis I mean 1 to 2 loads every day. I’m hoping the clean laundry smell will cover up some of the bad B.O.
Of course, once the kids start getting involved in stuff like music lessons or after school sports, we’ll be even busier. I’m already starting to plan what other time-consuming things in life I can let go of. That is, if we allow the kids to start getting involved in stuff. I’ve come up with a few things that we can potentially do without in the future:
- Grocery shopping. There are places where you can order online and someone delivers the food to your door. I love that!
- Any and all cleaning. I work, my husband works, we’re either hiring someone to clean or moving to a self-cleaning house.
- Making lunches. As soon as the little kidlets are big enough to make their own lunches, they’re making their own lunches. And if they don’t make their own lunches, they don’t eat lunch.
- Getting dressed in the mornings. No more sleeping in pajamas for the night, we will make the switch to sleeping in our clothes the night before. That way when we get up, we’re ready to go.
- Putting the toys away. They’re just going to end up right back on the floor so putting toys away is an exercise in futility. I’m also going to cut out futility.
- Cooking. So I won’t cut out cooking all of the time, but I do resolve to order in more often. Boston Pizza calls it ‘finger cooking.’ I’m in!
- Mowing the lawn. I’m going to get a goat. The goat will keep the grass short and provide milk so that we can go grocery shopping less.
Of course, Plan B is for the kids to start taking over some of the important tasks as soon as they’re old enough, you know, going to work, cooking, cleaning, gardening, milking the goat, dressing themselves, that sort of thing.
*Original version of this post was published on January 27, 2012
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