It’s interesting how many people I know that had problems with their house getting piley over the holidays and now they’re scrambling to catch up on their household chores and routines. I’m included in that group- I’ve been doing a ton of laundry since this weekend and I still have laundry to do. Oy.
Many times when my house mess gets out of control, I try to identify the root cause of it. Sometimes there’s a fairly legitimate reason, like when I was pregnant and on bedrest and Mr. Ivy was working 90 hour weeks. Sometimes there’s no good reason at all- it’s just plain laziness. Most of the time, it’s because we have gotten away from our routines and scheduling.
I remember back to the fabulous time in my life when my schedule was very loose. In college, I could do anything I wanted on the spur of the moment, mostly because I didn’t have the overwhelming responsibility I do now. Nowadays, I still am able to do things on the spur of the moment, but not on as grand of a scale as before. Once upon a time, I took off to Florida because I needed to see the beach. Now, my grand adventures are an unplanned lunch out with a friend.
It’s just terribly important to stick to a schedule, especially when kids are involved. I’m no longer working around my own schedule; I’m working around the schedule of four other people- my husband’s work schedule, my kids’ school and activity schedules, and the hordes of appointments we always seem to have.
With that in mind, I jam all the household chores we need to do between all the other stuff we have to do. It’s very easy to let the household chores go by the wayside in favor of all the other stuff. There’s not much advice here, because I think this is something we all deal with on some level. Some people are better than others at squeezing a ton of stuff into their day. Don’t get downhearted if you sometimes get behind and are overwhelmed with things you need to do. We all have this problem.
If you’re behind and overwhelmed, make a list. Prioritize that list and then jump in. This is what I’ve been doing since the holidays to catch up on my housework. I like to start with cleaning the areas where we spend the most time. It’s easy to get discouraged if you spend a lot of time in a mess, which just makes the situation worse. So, I always start with the place I spend the most time. Then I move on from there.
Hang in there, Home Eccers! If you’re struggling and need a cheerleader, don’t forget that I’m just an email away.