Housework, why doesn’t it ever go away! And why do I spend so much time thinking about cleaning (though not actually doing it)?
It’s a constant battle when you have children. There is always stuff to tidy away and things to clean. The house just never stays tidy or clean for long.
There are toys, stickers (oh the stickers), shreds of paper, soggy multi-grain hoops everywhere, everyday. Oh and raisins, they pop up everywhere, especially in the car and pushchairs.
Pushchairs. Oh pushchairs, in this weather with no porch. That is what I need, a porch, then I’m sure at least the floor would be cleaner. We have wooden floors so they wipe up easily at least, but twice a day on nursery days the floor is filthy!
And is mine the grubbiest pushchair out there? The children eat in them, they get pushed through the mud, sand (in summer), and I put suncream on the children whilst they are in the pushchairs meaning it gets on the straps. Do I ever clean the pushchairs? Heck no. I try to tip them upside down when I put them back in the car but do I hoover them or wash the covers. Nope. Does anyone do this? When I get one of the children out I think I should and then I forget again!
This seems to be a running trait of mine. There is a pane of glass in our house at toddler height, that I pass by most days that is covered in finger prints, its been like it for ages. I only notice it every now and again, mostly when friends are round and think I really must clean that. Then I’ll either forget or think whats the point, as soon as I clean it the finger prints will be back on it!
I do prefer the house when it is clean but with two little people I find it so difficult to keep on top of.
I don’t mind laundry, well the washing side anyway. Ironing is a pain in the bum, though I have started ironing the children’s clothes on a weekly basis. I normally leave my own clothes until I have nothing to wear and fortunately my husband does his own!
Luckily, my husband is not super tidy either, though will have sudden moments where he will have to get the bleach out.
We’re pretty good when we have friends or family staying over night. It’s usually pretty last-minute but it means the house gets a good clean, at least the parts that will be seen and slept in.
I’m definitely one of those people who has a good clean before people come (except close family, sorry Mum), and then only the rooms I can get away with. I just have to hope then that they don’t want to see the rooms I haven’t done!
I know it is a chore but there is so much more interesting stuff to be doing than cleaning, like blogging for example. Now if I didn’t blog, I would definitely have more time for cleaning.
The only thing I have a routine for is changing bed sheets and towels, everything else is down to priority!
Sometimes I think I would like a cleaner, tidier house, but what would be the price to pay. I can’t justify having a cleaner as I no longer work and there are only a couple of days a week when Charley is at nursery and Bodhi has a nap where I enjoy time to well, blog, so the housework has to fit in around the rest of our plans for the week. And I’m not going to stay in just to get the house in order.
Again, once I’ve put the children to bed, its back to me time which is generally either blogging or cooking dinner for myself and my husband. God, I’m sounding quite lazy and selfish!
Sometimes I try to do a little bit of tidying here and there and then feel a bit better about it, but I just can’t get into a routine that fits my life somehow.
Anyone else with me on this? Do you enjoy cleaning? Do you have routines/schedules for it? Or are you more like myself – I like to think a bit laid back about it?!
Let me know in the comments below!