Those of you who have followed along with my blog, Facebook, or Twitter must know that I'm a bit of an obsessive person. I obsess about routines and schedules, diets, exercise, cleanliness...the list goes on. Usually I can keep my need for order and cleanliness in check, or at least to myself. But starting in my pregnancy and going forward I've started to lost it.
At one week over my due date I was scrubbing the kitchen floor on my hands and knees. When Peanut was born I thought I could let go of the chores but things go even worse. Anything out of order seemed to drive me insane. I started seeing dog hair everywhere. And therefore I would frantically run around the house with a vacuum cleaner anytime Cailey's white hair would make its appearance (which, since it's winter and she has her long winter coat, is all the time). By the time Jon would come home from work I would look like a mad woman pulling my hair out and exhausted from trying to keep the place clean and taking care of the baby.
So my genius husband told me to make a list - something I had done a couple of years ago when I was overwhelmed with something else (I can't even remember now). We talked about the fact that I needed to lower my standards, especially since Peanut got her shots and has all my immunities now. So we came up with a daily chore list that would allow me to feel good about a clean house, but allow things to be just a little less crazy than I'm used to (vacuuming every single day just wasn't in the cards for us anymore).
So I made a list. Then I rewrote it. Then I looked it over and changed it again. (Umm, didn't I just tell you I'm a little crazy like that?) And finally, it was something that would work for our new family. So we hung it up on the mirror in the front hallway/living room. Right next to my two favorite pictures.
And Katie's card.
This gives us Thursday, Friday and Sunday off from doing any chores so we can enjoy some time as a family.
How do you deal with chores in your home?
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