This is for all you mamas out there that are able to keep your house looking orderly yet still manage to spend time with your kids! I'm recently unemployed and was hoping to have the time to catch up with housework and spend time with DS, but I feel like I'm still in the same boat I was in when I was working 3 days a week! I'm constantly picking up, sweeping up, washing, cooking, tidying, moving, STUFF all the time, yet my house never looks clean. I hate hearing him say, "play with me mama!" and me stuck trying to clean / organize rather than spend time with my son. I'm not even trying to make it look like a model home (like I may have wanted in my 20's before kids). I just want to be able to walk in a straight line without kicking, tripping, or stepping on something. My counters attract clutter like crazy. We're in our late 30's so over the years we've accumulated a lot, not to mention that my husband is a collector. I am totally ready to purge stuff we don't use, but in the meantime, I need a plan to get my daily housework under control.
I thought about setting aside an hour a day where I just clean - no interruptions. That would mean I'd either hire a sitter/mama's helper to entertain DS or plop him in front of the TV for an hour, though. I have talked with him about having him help mama with housework & cooking so we can spend more time together. I don't know if an uninterrupted hour would be enough or if I should just hire people to clean & babysit for a whole day to start fresh then start the hour routine.
I like the idea of having DS help out with the home now that he'll be 4 next month. Now that I'm home it will be a little easier for me to instill the routine as well. I just need help in finding ways to stay organized and fit in time to clean without neglecting DS. Any advice or ideas would be greatly appreciated!