Monday, March 3, 2008

Results of a Distracted Mom

"........get boxes mailed out, haircuts for the Bubs and me, head down to the library, clean the entire house, keep working with the Bubs on reading/writing, head to the store, remember stuff for Easter, practice my music, tackle the front and back yards, hang with my precious Bubs (repeat as often as possible), playdate this week,.........."

The above is just a snippet of what's been running through my muddled brain lately. Now I know why I write down so many lists....SO I DON'T HAVE A CONNIPTION TRYING TO REMEMBER IT ALL!! (yes, conniption is another colorful and local word for having a "fit")

To say I've been a bit distracted and unfocused lately would be an understatement of magnificent proportions. With both my beautiful mom and mom-in-law in different stages of battling breast cancer, a hubby who's deeply involved with a difficult job and a son who seems to be practicing for a bright future on a debate team I feel like a hamster running endlessly in it's wheel....except the hamster probably has a better butt. As a result of my unfocused state, our home looks like a hurricane hit it, with the odd tornado here and there. Yick.

I have a plan, though. Kind of. Since I tend to get overwhelmed when housework piles up I think I'll just focus on one small area at a time (like my Mom patiently tells me every time I bemoan my endless list of chores). It's the only thing I can think of that will keep me from plopping in the middle of a laundry-strewn floor and throwing an old-fashioned Hissy Fit.
Seriously, people. I could throw down right now.

So I was wondering if there's a habit or method you have that helps you tame the housework beast? If so, share!! (If not, all sympathetic comments are welcomed and encouraged.)

5 comments:

Verry Sherry said...

You are too busy!! and too worried about being too busy! relax. One tip: the hands full regime has spread in our household. DH used to joke and kidd me, but you know, he now always has hands full. Ie., when leaving a room, use full hands to gather anything that needs to go elsewhere. there you go. check out Shannons WFMW http://rocksinmydryer.typepad.com/shannon/ for great tips!

Jonny's Mommy said...

Deep breath. You've got a lot on your plate, lady. One thing at a time. What I do is think about priorities. What are my priorities -- what just has to be done and what can wait.

Being there for family just has to be done. The rest can wait.

That's how I feel.

Anne Marie said...

Oh my goodness! You need to step back and look at what is really important, the funny thing is you said it in your post which means you already know what to do. Spend as much time with loved ones as possible. We live out of our laundry baskets, clothes are folded and deposited into each bedroom. The children are expected to put away their clothes but that does not always happen.

Life can be too short, in ten years time my house will be empty of children and I can clean and garden to my hearts content!!! Until then I would rather be known as the woman who is a great mom and supportive wife with the messy house. Don't worry your heart will lead you in the right direction.

Thimbleanna said...

I completely agree with Anne Marie! When everything gets to frenzy state, I just close my eyes to the mess that is the house. There are SO many more important things in life than having a clean house. You know the old saying "Cooking and Cleaning can wait 'til tomorrow, For babies grow up we've learned to our sorrow..." Good Luck!

Anna K. said...

Wow! Thank you all so much for your encouraging words and fab advice...needed them all. I just lost my head for a moment there!