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Monday, October 10, 2011

How Do You Do It All?

I hear that phrase quite a bit.  I heard it a lot more in Minnesota when I worked outside of the home....but I sill hear it in Georgia.

Because I have 6 kids.

Because I homeschool.

Because I cook for the family most nights.

Because I am involved in my church.

Because my kids are involved in lots of "stuff".

But, I have a confession to make.

I don't get it all done.

I do a pretty good job of keeping my kids and Rainman loved.

I do a pretty good job of keeping my kids and Rainman fed.

I do a pretty good job of getting the kids educated.

We are almost always on time for any appointment or commitment.

But, my house is a mess.

My stairs almost always hold enough clothes for all the neighborhood kids, as well my kids.

There are no words to describe this countertop.

Like my classy wine rack....full of stuff???

This is actually pretty contained and neat and pretty for us.  You would think about 20 people lived here based on the amount of shoes we have scattered near this shoe basket in our entryway.

I cannot remember the last time I actually truly mopped my floor.  I do spot cleaning when the kids spill stuff....but I haven't done a full all out mop in quite a while.

Gross, I know.

There are always crumbs on the matter how much we sweep or vacuum....some little person will come behind us and spill some cereal or crackers....and then, we are back at square one.

My mom really taught me better.

I have tried to follow Fly Lady.

I have gotten my sink all shiny.

I have tried to take care of my "hot spots".....but, to no avail....still a messy house.

I have tried having a container for mail and things that I don't know what to do with when they immediately come into the house.

I know.  It is a granola bar box....but still I had hoped it would contain you can didn't.  My laundry room is in the background....that is the place where people toss stuff that they don't know what to do with either....makes it hard to get in there and actually wash all those clothes that were left on the stairs!

I will try to do better.

I want to make my mother proud.

I want to have a peaceful, relaxing house for all of us to live in.

Maybe I will give Fly Lady another try.

I will keep you posted on my progress.

Are you somebody who does do it all?  Any advice for me on how to manage this?