A big part of the concern for me with planning on going back to study next year is that I have never quite managed to tackle the SAHM job description. I come from a family of clean freaks, at least on my Mum’s side. These are people who mop their floor twice a day, every day, whether they have left the house or not… I am the family piglet. I take after my Father’s side of the family our houses are messy and chaotic and you will usually find some sort of cracker in between the couch cushions on a good day, right after spring cleaning, the rest of the time it could be a smorgasbord. Don’t get me wrong, I love my Mum’s family and they love me but I am not like them. Which has been a source of angst for me. Not to mention a serious source of worry. After all at the moment I am at home, with 2 munchkins ALL DAY (while Moody is at school of course), and I am just doing the Mummy thing ALL DAY. Well I am doing the Mummy thing and a bit of the cleaning thing all day.
My point is that I seriously need to kick myself in the tush. You see if my house gets any worse I swear we might as well be living in a pigsty. There is no surface that is uncluttered, no room that is clean, no space that is organised and I am sick of it. I am afraid that once I do start studying that my house will just devolve into one of those houses that you see on How Clean Is My House. I am afraid that my kids will be ashamed to have friends over and that I will be unable to find anything. Not to mention the effect that it could potentially have on my study, I mean procrastinating by doing a load of dishes you buy 5 minutes maybe 10 before sitting down. Procrastinating by doing the last 2 weeks worth of dishes…. yeah. Then of course there is the lounge room floor that is perpetually swamped by toys and books and knick knacks courtesy of the Mess Makers.
But the question then becomes how the heck do I combine study with maintaining and hell IMPROVING my house? Most of the time when someone takes on a new activity as time sucking as university study the standard line is something will have to give, the housework will be there tomorrow. But what happens when you already use that mantra? You see I need to have some sense of order in my house and at the moment there is none. I mean how are you supposed to study at a desk that looks like this?
At the moment I have Avon brochures (a WAHM project that I am now giving away – it may work for others but it hasn’t worked for me so I will be attempting to do parties but not distribute catalogues and stuff anymore) and products, running gear, tea boxes (don’t ask) Moody’s past school work, stationary and a hairbrush amongst other stuff. Too much STUFF.
So from now on Wednesdays are going to be my reporting on the house days. I figure for the first few weeks or potentially months I am going to be horribly embarrassed but this blog is all about improvement and growth. I will post a collage of our house so that you can see the mess – but small enough so that you can’t see the mess clearly (yes I am that ashamed) I will probably also post pictures of the bits that I am actively working on that week so that you can see what it is that I am doing and why. So for the first collage
My project this week is a few fold:
- Tackle the master bedroom because HELLO it’s difficult to get up to the Mess Makers when they cry in the middle of the night with all of the mess in the way.
- List all of the moving stuff that we need to do in preparation for our move
- Start doing the stuff on the list.
- Packing packing packing.
I am more than a little ashamed by this. In fact I am actually probably a little horrified at myself. But this is the beginning, not the end. Over the next few weeks my house is going to improve markedly but that is mainly because we are packing to move so most of the mess is literally going to be packed into boxes and put away so that come moving day which is at the end of September will literally be a “pickup and go” affair.