I really wanted to be a successful flylady. I have timers all over my house. I wear my shoes. Unfortunately, the only thing clean in my house is the @#!!!!%*** sink!!!
I have, a puppy, a toddler, a messy and creative husband, an extremely muddy backyard, and a back entrance that leads right into my kitchen from my muddy backyard. My husband and I both work full time at emotionally and physically demanding jobs that pay very little.
I read all those testimonials about women whose lives are exceedingly more difficult than mine whose houses are "Five star hotel quality" and I just feel defeated.
I can't get past the sink. I am officially whining.
We get home from work at about 6:30. The dog is frantic with excitement and desperately needs to be played with. My son is tired and cranky and needs to nurse. We are all starving. My husband rushes off to pay attention to the dog. I have to pee when we get in the door. My son is crying and clinging to my leg. He settles himself by unraveling a roll of toilet paper. The dog comes bounding over, knocking over my son, who is now crying again. She settles herself by shredding the roll of unwound toilet paper all over the house.My husband is yelling that the dog peed on the floor right after he brought her in from the outside. I am trying to help my son up, but I haven't even pulled up my pants yet.
When dinner is finally made, and eaten, it is a minor miracle. Ideally, one of us gives my son a bath while the other cleans up. This is where I try to implement my flylady routines. Ha!! It takes one of us almost a whole evening to clean the kitchen, oh and of course, 'polish the sink till it shines'. That is, the kitchen might get cleaned, as long as my son demands no personal attention whatsover, the dog doesn't chew up a dirty diaper all over our freshly made bed, or some other disgusting thing. So, most nights I go to be feeling exhausted, frustrated and defeated. All I do is clean! I would Love to spend less time feeling overwhelmed with housework, but the truth is I feel like I can't keep up most of the time. I feel bitterness reading the flylady testimonials. For months I haven't been able to get beyond the sink cleaning. Something has to give. I do have high standards for housecleaning, but out of necessity I have had to let it all slide. I am not looking for advice really, just others in the same boat, so we can cope together.
I know I should be cleaning the muddy kitchen floor right now, my son is sleeping, but I don't want to, I'm tired!!!!
Good night everyone! Thanks for listening!