Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Some days...

there just aren't enough hands or hours. Today is one of those days for me. I feel like there is so much that needs done it's overwhelming and I'm not even sure where to start.

I know in the big scheme of things everything I have on my list is minute, and none of it really matters but at times it can just become stressful! Anyone have words of wisdom for me?

Because I know this will pass and there will be days I'm looking for things to do, I'll share this awesome list of 150 summer ideas from An Unpink Life.


Julie said...

Hi Beki - I am sorry to say I join with you in your "stressful" life. This is my thoughts: Nothing is ever really done . . . there will always be laundry, dishes, floors to vacuum, toilets to scrub, etc. etc. In the entire scheme of things what do you want your children to remember about you? How you keep house? do laundry? wash dishes? scrub floors? When I was first married I cleaned my house every single day. I literally had no dust! After my daughter was born, the house was still priority, but only after my daughters needs and mommy baby time. This continued for nine years - then Ryan came a long - a little more time was taken from the "house" but was given to my precious boy. Now - five children in our home and everyone must help. I don't want to spend my entire day doing house chores, but would prefer spending time with my children. I want them to remember Mommy as one who didn't let the house chores get in the way.

All that being said, here are a few tips: Regardless of your children's ages - (I am talking toddler and up) each child can contribute to house chores. Now I am not talking about making the children do all of the work while Mom sits and watching television. Mom needs to supervise, but children can and Love to help out. My children are 15, 5, 5, 4, and 2. My daughter age 15 helps keep the house in order and helps wash, dry and fold laundry. The boys each have to help to keep their rooms tidy and their beds made up - to the best of their ability. We have three or four clean up toys times each day where everyone pitches in and helps out. The boys dry dishes and put their cups in their cup drawer. Cody - age 2 loves to help with laundry - he likes to help load and unload the machines - he also helps tidy toys, make up his little bed (he puts his pillow in place and his blankie on his bed. I don't have tucked in blankets on my younger three boys' beds, but have a blanket large enough for them. That makes it a bit easier. They also collect garbage from the bathrooms, help bring laundry to the main floor and keep the shoes tidy in the closet. They love to "help dust" and the window sills are perfect for them to reach because they are down low. It may not seem like it, but it is wonderful to have the kids help. They learn what it takes to keep house and to work together to achieve a wonderful end - Time together!
I hope this helps!

Brandie said...

Ha! That's my life pretty much every day!
Always laundry to do or something to be cleaned, counters to be wiped, dishes to be washed, carpet to vacuum, kids to cuddle, books to read, things to knit, shelves to organize, weeds to pick, grass to cut, toys to put away, well ... you get the picture.
I guess, really, I just now try to pick 3 things each day that MUST be done. And if I can do those three, the day has been wonderful and if by some miracle and all the planets are aligned just right, I can get more than that done, it's been a GREAT day LOL!
But I try not to stress about it. And someday there will be less to clean and put away and wash, and I'll probably miss it all. And so I say, give yourself a break, lower the standards and try to relax a bit each day =)

gina said...

I must agree with blessed with 5- this is the first summer I have assigned all four of my girls standing daily chores- dishes, sweep, make beds, etc) and I'm loving it so far. It took a while to relinquish control of the cleaning (I have OCD) but having to rewash my own silverware before I eat is a small price to pay for the help and the extended time I get before I hear what are we doing today?! Funny- my littles LOVE having chores. :)