great thread. it is inspirational. dh and i both tend to get overwhelmed and the kids do make a beeeeg mess. i am better than i was before kids in some small ways, but worse in others.
i can identify with what calicokatt was saying about depression and guilt hanging over you. i have an issue with the guilt, though, and it's kinda weird. i wonder if anybody can relate. it's like a little voice is whispering in one ear, "you really SHOULD get off the computer and pick things up," and another little voice is whispering in the ther ear, "i don't have to if i don't want to. it's my house. nobody's gonna make me and if people don't like it they can just deal with it." i'm sooooooo conflicted. i KNOW i like it better when i've gotten a burst of cleaning energy and the place looks half decent (never martha stewart), but hearing that "SHOULD" in my head just makes me wanna don my leather jacket and boots and punk out and be a rebel
. isn't that adolescent? i can recognize it and at times get past it, but it's insidious and creeps back up on me. it's why flylady does NOT work for me. i feel like she's telling me what to do and i want to rebel and be 14 and sulk in my room or watch teevee all day (not that we usu watch that much tv).
my dd1 is not a picker-upper either and she hates to be reminded to do it (wonder where she gets that from, huh?). i feel like i need some tips to help me help her and help myself.
all those confessions aside, i did spend 30 minutes picking up the disaster area basement playroom. my dds are little artists and quite prolific with the paper creations. 'course there was all this little pinata cr@p from dd1's b-day party last month
down there, too. i got a lot of it dealt with, but had to stop when dd2 needed me. she's on day 3 of a pukey bug, but has only tossed her cookies twice today so i'm optimistic that she'll be up to snuff tomorrow and i can do a little more cleaning while dh is here. 'course i might have to get out of the house to save my sanity -- been stuck inside since wed. i digress (and make excuses...
thanks for the inspiration!