August 18, 2011

Confessions of a Homekeeper

My kitchen actually looks like this a lot.

So for some reason I feel like I should share this today.

I think I've done a good job fooling you all into thinking I'm some amazing June-Cleaver-esque type of person who's house is always wonderful and clean and perfect, even with 3 small boys running around.

But now I have to tell you the truth - the secrets to keeping my sanity while keeping the house.

1. I usually don't wash the breakfast dishes until after lunch. They idea of doing dishes that many times in one day makes me feel ill.

2. I don't sweep up the kitchen floor until after lunch (or sometimes dinner), and even then it's usually right before Ben gets home.

3. I can't believe I'm putting this one out where my mother-in-law can see it... Most days when the table cloth is dirty I just shake it out and flip it over to the clean side. I get two to three meals/days out of it this way before I need to wash it again. (I've tried vinyl tablecloths and I really just prefer fabric.) I do freshly wash it for company though.

4. I don't do it all by myself. I make my kids dust and (try to) sweep and mop floors and make their beds and they always clean up their toys. I mean... that's why we give birth to the little minions, isn't it?

5. Some weeks the bathroom just don't get cleaned.

6. While most Mondays are pretty good, sometimes the laundry doesn't get folded until Tuesday (or Wednesday *cough*).

7. Unspeakable things have been found growing in my fridge.

8. I've had "wash windows" on my to do list for 4 months and just now got around to doing it.

See? No where near June Cleaver. But my family gets fed and everyone's reasonably clean and usually wearing clothes. If I can do it, so can you! ;)

Happy Almost-Weekend-Thursday,



Kessie said...

This made me chuckle. Also, I looked at your picture of your kitchen and immediately thought "functional kitchen", not "messy". I mean, look at those muffins! That's important, man!

...Mmm. Now I want to make some muffins.

Farm Girl said...

Haha you turn the tablecloth over, well good for you. Now from my chair of wisdom, *cough, cough*** Just enjoy your job, who cares if the floor doesn't get swept, now you know the real reason I have always had a dog. :) Really, I will be a broken record, it will be all gone in a wink of an eye, and then it will stay clean and shiny and no one will be there to see it. It is more important just enjoying life. I can't go back, but I wish, I had turned the tablecloth over more and had a messy kitchen because I was baking up stuff.
Though, playing with cornstarch was a bad idea. :)
You do a very wonderful job at what you do.

myletterstoemily said...

but you are still a marvel to us! i do the
same thing with a table cloth. you might
call it a form of "greening."

it sounds like you are a wise and judicious
houseworker. your family is blessed to
have you.

Allison said...

Haha! A WONDERFUL post. Thank God you're normal. And yes, I think you're like June, only prettier.

I just finished folding my laundry this morning (Friday) if you can believe that, and there is a new load in the wash as I write.

I love your pull-out cutting board.

Your kitchen is adorable but where did you put the red and white check valance you made? :(

I ceased using a table cloth long ago, though we've toyed with the idea on more than one occasion to foster NOISE REDUCTION! But it always ends up annoying us, and we take it off. Now they have to eat on the fake-wood table. There are just way too many spills to maintain a healthy level of sanity within the mother ship.

I have translating to do now and then I'm going to CLEAN THIS HOUSE that hasn't been cleaned for two (count em) two weeks. Dead bees are seen in the corners and the kids just kick them aside. Doesn't speak much to my own Cleaverness, does it?

:D Thanks for motivating me today! xoxo

Changes in the wind said...

I think that your expectations were way to high to start with and you are doing an amazing job.

Jennifer said...

I like your sense of humor! I had a wise woman tell me that children will remember a sense of peace, calm, and love more than a clean house. I am sure you are building that in your boys!

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Ha! I laughed out loud at #3. I still think you're can't fool me! :-)

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