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Happy Mother’s Day

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“Home, Sweet, Home.” Sometimes, it’s messy. Somtimes it’s clean.
If, for instance, you showed up on a typical afternoon, you might think we’d been robbed. There are piles of laundry; a tangle of strollers, coats and shoes in the hallway; a pillow and blanket “fort” in the living room; a traffic jam of trucks and cars, leading from room to room; and of course, a fine layer of crumbs on the kitchen floor.
On the other hand, if you stopped by around 8:00 at night, you’d find a different scene. You’d see bins stuffed with toys; pillows neatly arranged on the sofa; shoes in the shoe rack; strollers in a row; and a neat stacks of newspapers and magazines. The dishwasher and washing machine would be humming in harmony.
It’s an ongoing battle, this fight against the natural chaos of daily life. It’s kind of like trying to prevent the incoming tide from destroying a sandcastle. I know it’s futile. And yet, I persist. Every day, I crawl around the apartment, moving things from one place to the other, opening and shutting cabinets and doors. And every day, I repeat these motions, dreaming of the perfection you find in home decor magazines.
I have to admit that I have help in this department. Once a week, I pay someone to do the real dirty work, the scrubbing and mopping. And my husband pitches in as well. He’s great with recycling, taking out the trash, folding laundry and putting things on the top shelf of a closet where I can’t reach. But the daily grind of scraping the oatmeal off the floor is getting me down. (By the way, here’s a tip: If you try to wipe oatmeal off the floor as soon as it lands there, it makes a messy smudge. Let it dry in place for a few hours and then use a DustBuster to pick up the hardened chunks).
So I have one small wish for Mother’s Day…I’d like a free pass in the straightening up and organizing department. I’d like the dirty dishes to vanish. And you know all those rogue toys…the random LEGO, the sole block, the lonely puzzle piece…maybe they can somehow find their way back to their mates. I know, as a force of habit, I’ll probably start to pitch in, to make the clean-up go faster…but if anyone sees me doing this…send me to my bedroom to meditate.
And yes, things can return to normal the next day. That’s life with a two year old and a three year old. Really, I just need to accept it. Maybe my real mantra should be “Mess, Sweet, Mess.”
Original Post to New York Moms Blog.

4 Responses to “Happy Mother’s Day”

That oatmeal tip works for cat barf, too, especially on carpet. You totally wanted to know that, didn’t you?

My house is in a similar state, but unlike yours, things are not neat and humming in harmony at 8 pm. I wish they were. I do the best I can but my almost-one-year-old little princess crawls around after me and messes everything up again. People just have to understand that the house is (more or less) sanitary, but not constantly straightened up. If someone calls I run around like a crazy woman putting away and even hiding things, but there’s no fooling the pop-over friends!

Um – rather than on a daily basis, our house gets better on e weekly basis – weekends are cleaning times. But we really don’t do the scrubbing thing well – that happens on a monthly basis at best.
So when I cam home from an weekend event away with baby, to find that my husband had mopped the floors and cleaned and scrubbed all the kitchen surfaces – BEST mother’s day gift EVER!

Sometimes I hate to close my eyes at night, because in the morning it all starts over again. The chaos. The mess. The organizing. The cleaning. It is a never ending battle. I get it.

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