You want your kids to enjoy living in their own home, but that means messes will be made. You want to spend as much time as you can engaged with your kids and still have some time for your own pursuits, but that leaves little time for cleaning. So how do you do it?
I have solution for parents out there who want to have a guest-ready house at all times, where everything is clean and tidy and perfectly arranged, without losing too much fun time with the little ones...
Three Steps To Keeping a Clean House
Step 1: Buy a second house.
Step 2: Set it up all nice and pretty.
Step 3: Don't ever go there.
Don't have the money to do that? Me neither. So instead of driving myself crazy trying to clean up all the time, I am learning to let go.
When I only had one child, and she still napped every day, it was easy to keep up. I used her nap time to reset the house. I tidied up the floors, straightened out the books on the shelves, folded laundry, did dishes. And I still had some time to do other things.
When Louise stopped napping, I was eight months pregnant with Emmitt. That was when I officially lost control of neatness, over two years ago now. Maybe I will get it back some day, when my kids are all grown up. But our home is for living-in. And while the kids are little, living means playing. And playing means toys and books and games with hundreds of tiny pieces and dress-up clothes and food experiments. It gets messy. Quickly.
I do the bare minimum of housework required to keep our apartment fit for playing and exploring and eating and sleeping. Which is probably even less than you think it is. It still does bother me at times, when my home is really messy, but I wouldn't trade the kids or the fun I have with them for a clean house. Although, if we ever get rich, I might just look into getting that second house. It could be nice.
For now, I do not have a home that looks perfect. But my kids are happy. We have a lot of fun. And those are the most important things.
|Our lived-in home.
How do you balance the housework and the kids?