I have a really hard time keeping up with housework. My son is almost 3, I work full time and when I come home I want to spend every second I can with him having fun and making memories! We are always doing fun things together. I take him to the park and I play with him. Not one of those moms thats sits on the bench watching. I play right along side him. We go feed the ducks at the pond and try to catch turtles. We take the dogs for walks and feed the neighbors horses carrots. We roll around in the grass and dig in the dirt. We have a blast together every day. My house suffers because im so dedicated to play time. The only break we ever really take from playtime is dinner, I try to make it on the go so that we can have impromtu picnics while out and about. I always have something in the crockpot that I roll up in a tortilla so it portable and we are off to play. When my husband is home for dinner we have family dinners but if its just my son and I we eat in passing.
Then its time for his bed and then im supose to clean.... : / After a full day of work and a full evening of intense play time the last thing I wanna do is clean! Barf. I just wanna have a night cap, read a little and pass the f*ck out. I always get a little cleaning down, weather its sweeping or putting a load of laundry in or loading the dishwasher...but its never enough. There always seems to be crumbs on the floor, laundry in the laundry room, clothes waiting to be folded, dishes in the sink a mess on the kitchen table...I can't ever seem to get on top of it, I always seem to do enough to just keep from drownging in it. It doesn't help that we have a 5 bedroom fixer upper house, its massive so even the simplest task like taking laundry up to its designated drawer sucks big time!
Im not a dirty person, I love a clean house and once in a blue moon I do dominate it and its spotless, but im so happy its spotless I invite people over and together we all trash it and im back to square one.
Do any of you have any super awesome tips or tricks to staying on top of your house work? Or should the house work just be more of a priority instead of play time? Sometimes I think, "I wont play with my son today, we will go home and he will play alone and I will do nothing but clean." Thats never happened. I try to get him involved in it but he doesn't want to help. My dad jokes that that is how he knew my son was so smart, "Most kids want to help when they are useless, and then when they become useful they don't want to help anymore, I knew your son was smart cause he never wanted to help!".
Then I think, maybe ill just split it up better, like 2 hours of chores a night instead of 1 hour...I get these nifty little plans in my head but then when I pick him up from daycare im so excited to be with him im like "OK! Time for fun baby boy! What you wanna do? Go to the park? Feed the ducks? Catch turtles? All of it? ALRIGHT!"....I just feel like they are little only once and some day my son will think im a big uncool doofus and choose his friends over me and I want to hog up all the time I possible can with him until that day comes.
Being in my house just makes me feel guilty because its messy and I hate it and I want to clean it but as much as I want it to be my priority it just isn't....So what do you guys think? What are your houses like? Do you play before cleaning? Or clean before playing? How do you balance it? Or are you more like me?
I try as hard as I can to not have people over at my house, my husband tells me most everyone who has kids has a house just like ours...but I dont think so and its a chance im not willing to take to embarrass myself over.