I told a friend in an email yesterday that I feel like donating everything we own to Goodwill and living in a clean empty house. This isn't entirely true, but it is about 40% true.
I just want my house to be... normal. Not spotless. Not perfect. Not magazine ready. Just not psycho. I don't understand how it is possible to work as hard as I do at maintaining normalness around here and still have things go crazy during the 30 seconds I am not focusing all of my energy on house stuff.
I don't want to clean my house. I want to be the best mom and best wife I can. This means balancing. I do think a clean house helps everyone, though. My two year whines less and plays more imaginatively when things are tidy. (I think he is like me-- my brain works better without all of the visual distraction). I also don't think it does my husband any favors when he comes home from a mentally stressful job and steps knee deep into a different kind of crazy.
So I've decided to start blogging about the little things I am finding helpful, both to help other people (if my "tips" happen to work for you) and to document it for myself so I remember.
During the two weeks that our internet was out, I spent every second trying to "Summer ready" my house. I just wanted to make large scale improvements that would actually make the amount of time my house is clean last longer. I cleaned out the toy box and put half of them in the attic. Luke built shelves for our laundry room. I cleaned out my crazy closet. My house was super clean and just when I was feeling smug, it will fell apart and went back to nutso.
So I am considering a total reevaluation and rethinking of my cleaning routine.
Today I am going to ask for help with LAUNDRY.
Here's the problem:
1) We have way too many clothes.
2) We sometimes wash our clothes when they don't need to be washed.
3) We need better storage for the clothes that do need to be washed.
I am going to attempt to put some of our clothes away. I only actually wear a few things. Do you ever notice something you don't think you've worn in a really long time has come out of the dryer? This happens to me a lot. It could just be my crazy family, but I really think random things get washed way too much. I also think my clothes could be spot cleaned instead of thrown in a washing machine. Not only does it waste water, time, energy (both physical and electrical), and detergent, it also takes a toll on the clothes and they end up looking ratty way too fast. OH! And I also need to stop washing clothes when I don't actually have time to wash, dry, and fold them. I often throw them in the washer just so they don't stain and then I get called away and they end up mildewy or put in the dryer and getting cold and wrinkled and all around gross.
So I am going to try to 1) pick a small wardrobe of clothes that make me happy, 2) spot clean them when I can, and 3) be conscious of what I am putting in my washing machine. I will also 4) not do laundry unless I have the time to fold it, too.
I know this all sounds obvious, but hey! I am stretched pretty thin and I sometimes have a two year old helping me put stuff in the washer. Do you have any other tips?
Okay, I just realized it is Memorial Day weekend and I am blogging about LAUNDRY.
I cleaned one room today and all my family could say is "Mama you so crazy."