Ugh - where is my motivation???Confession time - DH was out of town when I started this (for an entire month). It was great while he was gone (the MM/keeping up with cleaning - not having him gone!), but I am having the worst trouble keeping it up since he's been back! A big part of the problem is that I spend a lot of time getting the house in shape, he comes home & within 30 seconds, it's all cluttered up again! By the time we all eat something, it looks like I didn't do anything all day (why? it's not like I did the dishes right away when he was gone. I would usually leave them until the morning, but it never seemed unmanageable. Does one man really make that many extra dishes?), and *of course* if anyone's going to stop by the house, that's when it happens. So demoralizing. Also, once DH is home, he's getting his break for the day, and I think I feel like "he's taking a break, I should get one, too," right when things are piling up and I really need to be on them. I guess I need to get over that. But honestly, if I start cleaning up after DH, he'll say "don't worry about that, I'll get it," but he's not so good at following through.
Another big part of the problem is our living/dining/kitchen areas (basically the whole house minus the bedrooms) are all one big room. There is a large counter that sort of separates the kitchen & dining room, and that is a "make or break" place - if that's a mess, it doesn't matter how everything else is, KWIM? And of course that's where DH puts down his stuff. I want to get one of those entryway benches with the baskets under them so we have somewhere out of the way to put our stuff when we come in, but I'm having trouble finding one decently rated that isn't $$$ (I've also been looking for a used one, but so far nothing). But I'm starting to think that the ease it will bring to my life will be worth it. Guess I just need to bite the bullet & start saving up, while continuing to look for a used one.
OK, now it's time to get to work! Hopefully I can get the dishes/counters taken care of in enough time to convince DD to get to the playground this morning, and then take care of other things this afternoon.