I have decided that having 4 children is hard. I am overwhelmed pretty much all of the time. And my house is a disaster--constantly. Sooooo, I've been thinking about ways to make things better.
Let me preface my thoughts with this: I am a pretty laid back kind of a girl. I like having days with no plans at all. I mean, yes, my children will go to school but other than that the only plans that I have on a general basis is
1. Take a shower
2. Take my girls to school
4. Make lunch
5. Make dinner
Not necessarily in that order. And then I just kind of shove things in, like cleaning, washing dishes, doing laundry, when it becomes absolutely necessary for me to do so. I like having unplanned days because I usually end up reading to someone for a while, watching an episode of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse with my son, or making cookies with my girls. These are fun days.
But right now, it's just not working out. My house is a mess. My garden isn't planted. The girls are wearing dirty PJ's to bed. The sheets desperately need to be changed on almost every bed in the house. The garbage's are overflowing on a regular basis. My husband doesn't want to come home after work because I am in full blown 5:00 panic mode. You know what I'm talking about. So I decided this needs to be remedied. As a starting point, this evening we are having tuna sandwiches for dinner. This is uncommon at our house on a weeknight, because for the past 4 years my husband has taken leftovers to work for lunch the next day. Requiring me to make a meal that would create said leftovers.
And as for everything else, I'm trying to come up with some kind of schedule. Like certain days to clean certain rooms, certain days for outings--like the zoo or the park--certain days for big meals. Do you have a schedule like that? What works for you? I need some tips. . .