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Thursday, July 31, 2008

An Immaculate House is Highly Overrated Part 2

I never meant for this to be a part 1 & 2.  In fact, I'm not sure how I posted just the title of this - & it may be a mistake to include what I originally wrote.  Some things are better simplified.  I'm not sure how I just posted the title - shocker right? lol.  But I figure that this blog is to chronicle the girls' lives & this is a BIG part.
I've realized that I become a slightly crazed & highly impatient mother when I try to keep the house clean (relatively) at all moments - or at least 1X per day.  Abigail seems to think that you must change your clothes at least 3 times a day & of course EVERYTHING goes into the hamper - including the clothes that fell down or were not chosen on second thought.  I know people have more laundry than I - I really don't want to complain . . . ok, I do - good grief! I already do about 2 loads a day - I do NOT want to wash completely clean, still folded, socks still together, no smells or stains clothes.  I remember wearing the same pair of jeans for a few days before washing them - all the spills landed on my shirt so the jeans were pretty clean.  Anyway . . .
Back to a relatively clean house.  We have the amazing fortune of having a playroom. That is where I want their toys to stay - in the play room.  Is this too much to ask?  Really?  Apparently.  Toys seem to find their way throughout the WHOLE house & Abi & Jillian seem to think most of their toys need a weekly bath anyway - so the bathroom is included.  I freaked out one day & yelled that I was no longer buying them anymore toys. Abi told me that was ok, b/c Grammy would buy her toys.  I told her I would give them away - I mean NO toys.  Oh yeah, it was ugly.
So in order to maintain my sanity I have told the girls that I will not require that their playroom be clean every night (usually before their bath I have them 'clean' up).  They can choose a day - one day - and clean their playroom on that day.  All other rooms which is mainly the big girls' room, hallway, bathroom & living room need to be picked up daily.  Having said that - Abi's response?  "Great! So our playroom can be messy & full of toys all the time?"  Oh boy - I'm in for a long haul, eh?
The playroom after an afternoon of 'play'

7 comments:

Laura said...

Amen. I once read a quote with a picture that said, "A clean house is a sign of a wasted life". Still I am off to clean mine.

Debra said...

I agree with you 100%. I wasted 4 hrs, FOUR HOURS going from room to room to room today. It is STILL a MESS!

Jocasta said...

I agree - I'm sitting here commenting on blogs instead of doing something about mine!

Connie said...

I agree...I of course am ignoring the piles of clothes and suitcases, and enjoying catching up on blogs instead...

Kim said...

That sounds like my house!! The girls have a playroom too, but somehow everything spews (is that a word)all over the house. Maybe one day my house will be neat again!!

angie said...

I think that's a great compromise. And, as long as the room has a door, you're in business. We have a play room too, and I respectfully request the toys that belong in there, STAY there. :)

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