Aidan, Cleaning, Motherhood, Organization

Clean House vs. Creating Memories: How I Attempt Both

Some days it feels as if there are not enough hours in the day to get everything accomplished. This includes keeping a clean house, playing with my son and having dinner ready for my husband when he gets home from work. I have always been a clean freak and a perfectionist. Ask my roommates in college, if my bed wasn’t neatly made for the day, the world was ending. I have learned as a new mom, that I can’t do it all in one day. Before Aidan, I would spend the entire day cleaning the house. These days, I am lucky if I remember to brush my teeth. The first two months after Aidan was born, my second house was the couch. Nothing was accomplished. After Aidan and I finally got into a routine revolved around his nursing and sleeping schedule, I figured out how to keep my sanity and a semi clean house. Each day I try to do one or two chores. Usually these chores take no longer than 30-45 minutes, which happens to be the length of time my child likes to nap. (Cat naps are the new four hour snooze apparently). My weekly cleaning, laundry and errand schedule goes like this: Sunday night after the lad is in bed, I scrub the kitchen, including all the appliances. I also sweep the entryway and kitchen floor. Monday, I wash/dry and fold all the towels from the past week. Tuesday is library day for Aidan and I. We pick up about 12-15 children’s books to read throughout the week. I also throw in a load of clothes during his morning nap. It usually gets folded after he has gone to bed that night. Wednesday’s are usually used to wash Aidan’s laundry and make baby food for the month. Thursday’s are my busiest day. I try to vacuum, dust, and clean all the glass in the house. On Friday I clean both bathrooms and once or twice a month make a Walmart run. Our weekends are always unpredictable. Most Saturdays we are out at the farm, but when we are home I use Saturday for grocery shopping. I use a list I have made of meal plans and get enough groceries to last us the next two weeks. Saturday is a great time for me to get groceries, because Nathan can watch Aidan and I don’t have to baby wear while carrying 20 plus pounds of groceries. By breaking up my chores and errands throughout the week, I don’t have to worry about trying to get it all done in one day. While I enjoy being organized and having a clean house, my life ultimately revolves around my little boy. I don’t want him to grow up remembering mom cleaning all the time and not spending time with him. I would rather watch my son grow into a sweet young boy and make lasting memories with him, than have a house that is sparkling clean. That’s why I do my chores while he sleeps and spend the rest of the day focused on him. My husband and I have a running joke. You are allowed to have two of five things: sleep, clean house, exercise time, time with your child and time with your spouse. Obviously we choose the last two. (Though the thought of sleep is so tempting!) There are days when nothing gets accomplished except dinner on the table. Those days are the best, because it means Aidan and I have had an amazing day of reading, playing and learning. I am not writing this post so you think I am a supermom. I am far from it! I want you all to remember to enjoy your time with your kids. Laundry will get folded and floors will get cleaned eventually. Our time with our children is so precious and from experience it is flying by. As I write this, Little Bear is waking up from his morning nap! Time to go play and make memories.