I love to clean. I LOATHE washing dishes. This must come from working in a restaurant for a short period in my life. It had gotten to the point that I would look at the dishes in my sink and cringe. I would bundle my babies up, toss them in the buggy, and go for a run to avoid the 10 minute job that faced me. I was sharing my disgust for this tedious task with my husband’s grandmother one day and she suggested that I fill the sink with soapy water before I begin to cook and wash as I go. I am giving it a try and so far, so good! There is just something about feeling like I am skipping the step of having to wash the sink and run the water right after I eat that really helps. Thanks Grammy!
I remember asking a friend with far more children than I how she got everything done. Her house was always clean, meals always cooked, etc… I finally realized that it is not what I have time for, it’s what I make time for. Now, with one more child than before, I am the person people are asking that same question. Make time for what is important for you. If it isn’t important, it doesn’t matter.
I have a few friends that manage to toss in a load of laundry every day. I gave it a try and felt like I was ALWAYS doing laundry. So, I like to take one day a week and commit it to laundry. My Electrolux washer and dryer make laundry easy, but offer a rather peaceful chime when finished. With two screaming kids, I don’t always hear them. I make it a point to stay home on laundry day and sort my piles upstairs in the middle between my kitchen and living room so that I can’t forget about it. I also pull my clothes out of the dryer and fold or hang them right away to minimize ironing.