Thursday, June 07, 2007

Clutter Schmutter

I have come to the conclusion that a clean and clutter-free house is not going to be a part of my immediate future.

Well, clean maybe, but definitely not clutter-free.

The problem with cleaning, which is inevitable, is that I have to clear the clutter first. And it's not even the toys. There aren't that many toys that need to be picked up.

It's the books. The laptop. The newspapers. The note pads. The loose pieces of paper. The business magazines. The pilot luggage. The clothes. The unfolded blankets on the couch. The dishes. It doesn't seem to end.

But as a stay-at-home mom, I'm destined to either clean up daily or to accept the clutter as inevitable.

I have visions of the basement being finished (we're in the midst of planning a renovation) and having him use the side door and deposit most of his crap in the basement. But we'll see if that happens.

In the meantime, he's out of the house for the day giving me a chance to pick up a few things, and if the toddler naps today, maybe even do some sweeping. Then, hubby leaves for 2 days on some trip and hopefully I can reorganize a few things and maybe maintain what little sanity I have left in me.

Then we can start tackling the basement. Gosh, how

1 comment:

Andrea said...

Hey, consider finishing the basement with two kid rooms, return the dining room to use... and don't rush to get it all done. Your two darlings (even if they are not the same sex) will get on just fine in the one small bedroom until the oldest hits school (with desk etc) or the youngest is at least 4. Plan to have the basement ready to be used by then. Don't sweat it out until then...
Hey, you can live in a shack, right? So you can survive the huge house you have! When you were growing up, did you have your own room all the time? Or did you share (or perhaps you were the lucky one and your siblings had to share?)? It will work. You will do fine!
You have identified the problem clutter, coming from pilot luggage, papers, magazines and co. Let us be honest, having baby 2, 3, 4, etc. wont change this! So it is your job to find a way to train the person responsible for the clutter or clean up after (him). It is his job to go fly a plane to pay for your house, it is your job to clean it. It has nothing to do with the feminist movement, it is give and take.