I have had a part-time maid for the last few years (part of the culture here, AND not to mention twin pregnancy and twins!). Well, I fired her. Leaving my iron on upstairs for 2 days was the straw that broke the camel's back. Sooooo, as I've been trying to figure out where to start, I'm shocked to find just how much is dirty that either A) it's gotten that way so fast because I can't keep up or B) it never got cleaned well by the maid. Other thing is, the maid didn't organize my piles or junk for me, because well, she can't read English and surely can't tell what goes where unless I show her where it goes.
I live in less than 800 sq. ft.
And now for my big confession: I'm a piler. I have piles everywhere. Wanna know where? Kitchen: next to the front door, 3 on the counter, on top of the fridge, on top of the microwave. Kid's Room: on top of both cabinets, top of the changing table (been doing diapers on the floor), inside a wardrobe, in the extra bed. Spare bathroom: top of the washer, next to the washer, back of the toilet (which has the front HALF of the seat missing). Dining/Living/Main room: 3 piles on the table, on on each side of the TV, one on each side of the shelves on the TV stand, 3 on top of my upright piano, the whole top of the keyboard part of the piano, the piano bench, tops of all the bookshelves and inside the bookshelves, inside one of the 2 playpens for the babies, between the playpen and sofa. My bedroom: under the beds, tops of the wardrobes, 2 piles on my vanity table, inside my wardrobe, next to the bed, one behind the computer chair, one under the computer table, in front of my bookshelf, teetering on top of the bookshelf, next to the laundry pile(s), in a corner.
Does it sound that bad? Cuz it sure feels bad.
I was barely managing with help 4 hr a day to just get dinner on the table for my family. Caring for my children takes all of my time. DH might as well be child #5... I've had the new toilet seat sitting there waiting for it to be put on. Won't pick up after himself. Won't take out even the garbage. His duties consist of: going to work, taking older 2 out for 30min in the evening, helping with bedtime routine. That's it. I feel like I"m drowning. I want to hire more help but don't want my children attached to someone else, AND it would take me weeks to train the person.
I'm going to try to do it myself. Have decided to start up with FlyLady again. Printed off my routines yesterday. Here I go. Anyone wanna do before and after pictures?
Goal for this month: 300. Is this reasonable? 10 a day?