Wednesday, February 4, 2009

The Undomestic Housewife

I don't keep a clean house.

When I have company, I find myself scrambling to make the house presentable. I don't mean dusting off the tables. I mean throwing away fantastically large dust bunnies that might honestly make my friends puke. With my mother and aunt coming for an overnight stay tomorrow, I've got more than the living areas to clean.

In times past, I could pull the house together in a day or so. Now that I have Charlotte, though, I'm failing. She's nursing in my lap as I type, but will I be able to get the bathrooms clean? Not if I want to get dinner on the table, plan a menu for tomorrow's trip to the grocery store, change the sheets, put away the laundry... Feed a baby, feed the family, change diapers, put little ones to bed...

I try to keep the clutter picked up, stay on top of the dishes, not let the laundry build up-- but between that, childcare, running errands, and keeping food on the table, I have no time to clean. None. I've not even found time to sew lately, which is saying a lot.

How do other mothers do it? Am I missing some basic organisational gene? Am I supposed to be staying up late to mop the kitchen floor? Or are other mothers more like me than I realize, so that too they can't remember when they last vacuumed?

Honestly, I'm not sure where my vacuum is. The garage, maybe?

5 comments:

kristen said...

My house is never ever totally clean. Nobody can do everything, and everyone has their priorities. Cleaning isn't mine. I do tidy the common areas so we can host bible study once a week, but the bedrooms are always trashed that day.

Plucker Family said...

WE can all be that way...Finding little things to improve upon has helped me lately...but I only have one to deal with...See one of my faves Semper Gumby....for ideas...she's helped me a little. Hope you get it done girl!

Amy said...

No one with a little baby has a clean house. I hired people to come help me when they were little. Other than that, I just tried really hard not to worry.

Kristen said...

OH Lisa, I used to run a pretty tight ship around here. Now I call my house barely clean. It gets easier and easier to overlook!

Susie said...

My house is neat and clean once a week, on Wednesdays, when Maria comes. Has there been a people in another time or place that could afford our standard of housing but not the accompanying staff to maintain it?