Dropping Balls

ID-10056480So 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
Image by freedigitalphotos.net

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About dirtyrottenparenting

I'm a parent of two lovely (most of the time) children. I work full time out of the home and I don't cook well, bake, sew, or do crafty things. I keep my high heels and jewelry at my office because there's no point in having them at home. I love Mondays because I can return to the world of adults, go to the bathroom alone and have nearly uninterrupted conversations with others.
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13 Responses to Dropping Balls

  1. Good thinking. Personally I plan to have a really good clean as soon as all the children leave home. I’m working on the theory that people should love me for something other than my housekeeping skills.

  2. workingmommawithababy says:

    Someone told me once that these choices were going to creep up on me and I’d be forced to choose priorities. Nobody told me, though, that by not making dishes a priority they would breed and take over my kitchen.

  3. When I first read the title, I though this post was going to be about puberty. I’m glad it wasn’t . . . I don’t want to have to think about that for a few more years.

  4. Grocery delivery saved my sanity with each baby/toddler. And that skipping dressing in the morning thing: a brilliant woman shared this tip with me when my second was born. I converted the toddler’s entire wardrobe to shirt-and-pants combos that could be both. Getting dressed in the morning consisted of a diaper change for if not quite years, a long, long time. 🙂

  5. EXCELLENT!! I can currently write my name in the dust that has accumulated on our end tables in the living room and I think I forgot to wash my face this morning. But this makes me feel better about myself 😉

    P.S. A GOAT?! Brilliant!

  6. pdaniels says:

    We bought sheep this summer to mow our lawn. It works.

  7. Finnella says:

    I was so very disappointed with how messy an eater our second child was. We ate pasta often when he was little, and he finished each meal by putting his bowl on his head and rubbing the olive oil into his skin. He went from the high chair to the tub each night; my older son only got washed twice a week. Those were the days. Now they’re teens and wash themselves. Oh how those towels reek.

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