I have absolutely no idea how to keep house. I'm a SAHM, so I guess it's my job to do this. Has anyone been totally clueless like me, and then figured it out?
I am starting to think that it is just not a part of my personality- like I'm deficient somehow. I would love to have my house in a state where it is not mortifying to have someone stop by, but it's as if I don't see the mess until someone does, or until it's so disgusting that I don't even know where to begin.
I really only clean when something is gross, and then I'm amazed at the thing I'm cleaning- as in, "Who knew you had to clean this?" Like my laundry baskets, the doors, cabinets, door jams, anything near the garbage can, the exteriors of appliances. All completely crusty, and out of my realm of perception until they are coated in pb&j + dirt. So I scrub the heck out of the object of my focus, and my husband stares in amazement with a look that says, "Why are you washing the laundry baskets when the entire house is swimming in dirty laundry?"
Obviously, I have a priority problem. The bigger problem is that I just don't see myself getting over it. I think I'm OCD without the commitment. And that was slight sarcasm. But seriously, now that I know the laundry baskets are totally crusty, how can I possibly empty the dryer out into one of them?
And the biggest question of all: What do you do with the kids while you're cleaning? I have sons who are 2.5 and 4.5. Left alone, they will fight or watch a movie. I hate both. It's a big problem because my cleaning style so far is to dedicate a day every so often to tackling the house and then they get to either fight or watch movies.
So I'd like to hear from a mom who figured out how to come to the other side of this mess with grace.