I Keep Thinking....

@Shellyann36 (11278)
United States
November 16, 2015 12:08am CST
........that if I work my rear off around the house on the weekends that on Monday I can keep up with the kids, the regular cleaning chores, laundry, cooking and of course work here online. I am never able to keep up with the house work though. Over the weekend of Halloween I cleaned the house from top to bottom, got all of the clothes washed and put away and I just knew that I would be able to keep up with the daily chores that I have set aside for each day and still get some time online. That week I did not get too far behind but by the weekend I was so tired and then I got behind again and this past week has been the same way. Now I just spent another weekend trying to get the house clean once again so that I can start the week out on the right foot and I did not accomplish it. Since it is a little after 1 am here on the East Coast, I think I finally need to get some sleep. The alarm dinging at 6:30 is only a few hours away. I hope to be here often today so that I can do some catching up. Everyone enjoy your Monday!
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@jstory07 (69286)
• Roseburg, Oregon
17 Nov 15
I raised six children and I was always do laundry and cleaning. Now it is just me and my husband and I can go a couple of days without cleaning.
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@Shellyann36 (11278)
• United States
19 Nov 15
The cleaning alone would not be so bad but that laundry pile grows like rabbit litters!!
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@JudyEv (130701)
• Bunbury, Australia
16 Nov 15
It's a pity you are so frazzled trying to do so much. Can you lower your expectations just a little? Maybe delegate a few small chores if you're able. You need - and absolutely deserve - time for yourself as well as looking after everyone else.
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@Shellyann36 (11278)
• United States
7 Dec 15
Oh @JudyEv you are so right. Time alone is certainly something I need at times. I got a break during Thanksgiving. I slept the entire time!!
@poehere (17680)
• French Polynesia
16 Nov 15
Yah it always seems like it is up to us to do it all. I love when my partner just sits on his butt and has the TV on or is sleeping. He says wow the house was sure dirty. Well why not you clean around them so you never can get all the dirt out
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@Shellyann36 (11278)
• United States
19 Nov 15
@poehere at times hubby helps and other times he makes more of the mess! His one thing that he does not mind doing is vacuuming the floors. That is the easiest thing to do around this house. At least he is helping though.
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@poehere (17680)
• French Polynesia
19 Nov 15
@Shellyann36 Yes I do agree but here I have tile floor so I don't need to run a sweeper over them. I need to run a broom over them and a wet rag.
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@Shellyann36 (11278)
• United States
7 Dec 15
@poehere Our kitchen and bathrooms are tile but the rest of the house is carpet. He has been very good this past week. He has washed the dishes three times!
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@whiteream (3739)
• United States
16 Nov 15
There always seems to be so much more to do on the weekends. It sems like I am always cleaning up something around here.
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@Shellyann36 (11278)
• United States
7 Dec 15
I am afraid that it is the same way at my home. Always something to keep the grown ups busy.
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@LadyDuck (171373)
• Switzerland
16 Nov 15
I always clean the house during the weekend. Yesterday I have finished washing the windows and the curtains. The house is a hard work.
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@Shellyann36 (11278)
• United States
19 Nov 15
I use to save the major things for the weekend but it seems something always comes up and I can't quite accomplish what I want to. I have a decent schedule if I could just stick to it.
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@rebelann (42511)
• El Paso, Texas
17 Nov 15
After reading this I will never complain about the measly stuff I gotta do again. Man, I'm tired just thinking how tough it must be keeping up with twins while doing all of that.
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@Shellyann36 (11278)
• United States
19 Nov 15
Sometimes I can get them to help but they get bored quickly.
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@rebelann (42511)
• El Paso, Texas
19 Nov 15
Well yeah now @Shellyann36 but I was thinkin how it must've been when they were 11 months old. Cheeeze, I thought babysitting my nephew was hard, I no notin bout hard
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@Shellyann36 (11278)
• United States
7 Dec 15
@rebelann I will be very honest, when they were newborns up until the age of 3 things were always hard. They got RSV when they were only 2 months old and that leads to asthma. Twins can be exhausting but twins that are sick is beyond exhausting. Fortunately, now they don't get as sick as often. They normally have an asthma attack during the season changes and they are especially bad in the spring, fall and winter. But as they got older they are able to handle it better. The breathing treatments or their inhalers are easier to administer to them. Now the problem I have is keeping them out of everything.
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@simone10 (21647)
• Louisville, Kentucky
16 Nov 15
We usually clean house on Saturdays and with it just being the two of us and two dogs, it doesn't get to bad when the weekend rolls around again. I do remember what it was like when my kids were home and trying to catch up on the weekends.
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@Shellyann36 (11278)
• United States
19 Nov 15
Sometimes dogs can be as bad as children. I guess your furry little ones are not the messy kind. My old neighbor use to come home every day to something different tore up. Couch cushions, shoes, trash can turned upside down. It was kinda funny cause she was always trying to train them. Those dogs were her children though. She looked after them better than she did herself.
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@simone10 (21647)
• Louisville, Kentucky
21 Nov 15
@Shellyann36 I am home with the dogs all day so they aren't left alone very often. When they are, Daisy (the puppy) is put in her crate because our house would be destroyed if I left her out. Bella is 7 and behaves herself.
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@Shellyann36 (11278)
• United States
8 Dec 15
@simone10 Those puppies are something else! Getting them trained can take lots of patience and time.
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@BelleStarr (39623)
• United States
3 Dec 15
I noticed you have been gone from MyLot for a while. I assume things are just busy.
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@Shellyann36 (11278)
• United States
7 Dec 15
@BelleStarr things have been crazy. My mama got out of the hospital and just as soon as she got home my aunt (who is suffering from liver failure and dementia) was right back at the house with her. She refuses to stay with my aunt and she refuses to go to a home. My mama feels guilty and won't tell her that she has to get out. So mama is stressed and I am stressing over her health. I cooked Thanksgiving dinner this year because she did not fell like it. After Thanksgiving was over my sick aunt had to go into the hospital twice. Things are still up in the air with her. I am just trying to relieve my mama's stress.
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@BelleStarr (39623)
• United States
7 Dec 15
@Shellyann36 You are a good daughter. These family issues can be so stressful. I hope things sort themselves out for you.
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@Shellyann36 (11278)
• United States
8 Dec 15
@BelleStarr Thank you. I hope that something can be resolved about the situation soon before my mama gets sick again. Too much stress is not good for the digestive system and she is under way too much stress.
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@mom210 (6779)
• Atlanta, Georgia
19 Nov 15
That does work, but us mom's have to relax sometimes too. We try to do a lot on saturday and keep up with it through the week. But I refuse to clean on Sundays. Hubby grills Sunday eve so I do not even cook Sunday.
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@Shellyann36 (11278)
• United States
7 Dec 15
Hubby has been helping me out quite a bit this past week. I notice that I get a lot of things done on the weekends as ell. Never enough time but certainly always too much to do.
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@mom210 (6779)
• Atlanta, Georgia
8 Dec 15
@Shellyann36 I wish there were a way to about 8 more hours in my day, I could get so much more accomplished, well probably
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@Shellyann36 (11278)
• United States
10 Dec 15
@mom210 True but if there were 8 more hours in a day there would more than likely be more chores to accompany that 8 hours.
• Midland, Michigan
19 Nov 15
The only way I see you keeping caught up is when your kids get old enough to help you with the chores. When growing up, my mom had us kids trained to do the majority of the cleaning by the time we were teenagers. Course there were four of us that worked together with the boys helping with a few inside tasks. The mostly mowed the lawn when they were old enough, but they did have to keep their rooms clean. During the week we mainly did dishes and swept the kitchen floor daily, and washed the counters and stove top, but we all took turns with those things. My mom did all the laundry. Right now, my daughter and I are working on cleaning the house for a party she's having here this Saturday. Tonight we rented a carpet cleaner for the living and dinette floors. I did that as she'll be doing the last minute spiffing up since I'll be working. Our cleaning is never caught up completely.
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@Shellyann36 (11278)
• United States
7 Dec 15
I make the kids clean up their toys and put them away. They will bring their laundry baskets to the laundry room so that I can wash their clothes. Lil Keith can put his clothes that belong in the dresser away. He even likes to vacuum the floors and do the dishes. The twins can't do as much as Lil Keith can. Cleaning is never complete here to the extent I want it to be.
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• Midland, Michigan
10 Dec 15
@Shellyann36 I don't know that it ever is when children are still fairly little. My kids helped out quite a bit once they got old enough to do so too although I didn't have them start as early as I had to. My kids did begin washing their own clothes when they were around ten as I worked two jobs by then and didn't have enough time to do it as often as they wanted it done.
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@Shellyann36 (11278)
• United States
10 Dec 15
@MarshaMusselman My older kids also learned to do their laundry at around that age. I was also working two jobs and being all boys they really ran through clothes. I am afraid that household chores and laundry will always be an issue until the time that all the kids are grown and gone from the home or until I can hire help, which I don't see happening at all.
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@GardenGerty (101839)
• United States
8 Dec 15
I hope you can have some holiday rest and joy. I do not know if it is really possible to keep up.
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@Shellyann36 (11278)
• United States
10 Dec 15
@GardenGerty thank you. I was exhausted during Thanksgiving. I am glad its over. I hope that Christmas is much easier.
@PatZAnthony (12871)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
29 Nov 15
It never ends-there is always so much to do-and then we get to start over again!
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@Shellyann36 (11278)
• United States
7 Dec 15
Yep just as soon as one thing is done it does not take long for that same thing to rear its head!!
@silvermist (20085)
• India
29 Nov 15
There is no way you can be finished with house cleaning.You have to keep doing it on and on.No full stops.
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@Shellyann36 (11278)
• United States
7 Dec 15
That is so true!
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@paigea (22453)
• Canada
27 Nov 15
I have never got this organized so that I get the house clean and have routines to keep up. I don't even have kids at home any more. But I improved a lot by following FLYlady. She is all about the routines and not overdoing it.
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@Shellyann36 (11278)
• United States
7 Dec 15
I have read quite a bit about FlyLady. I have followed some of her steps!
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@SIMPLYD (81564)
• Philippines
17 Nov 15
Finally , you have caught up in here . Anyway , the chores at home are never ending . It should just be you who could control it from totally enveloping you , so you can have your "me " day .
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@Shellyann36 (11278)
• United States
19 Nov 15
Oh a me day would be wonderful!!!
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@katsmeow1213 (29047)
• United States
16 Nov 15
Cleaning while you have kids is like shoveling while it's still snowing. I have not had the time to get any sort of cleaning done lately. I'm just trying to keep up on dishes and laundry, but even that I'm not doing so well with as I have a giant laundry pile that just keeps growing.
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@Shellyann36 (11278)
• United States
19 Nov 15
Oh yes I do know what you mean! The laundry is always growing here. Since the twins are still working on the #2 during potty training I have added an extra load to the two I already do daily!
• United States
16 Dec 15
Before I started taking classes, I would do a little cleaning every day my son was at school, like Mondays I would vacuum, sweep, and mop the floors, Tuesday was laundry day, etc... However, since I have been off schedule, I need to start again by doing some deep cleaning before getting into the routine again.
@gudheart (12742)
16 Dec 15
It is hard keeping up with life sometimes! Good luck :D
@PainsOnSlate (20422)
• Canada
11 Dec 15
I hope all is well. You have been missing in action. Enjoy you family and Christmas, sometimes life gets in the way of playing in cyber space.
@TheHorse (71209)
• Pleasant Hill, California
10 Dec 15
Sleep is good. I caught up a littlle bit last night.