Why Can’t I Get Anything Done Around Here?

I’ll be the first one to tell you that being a stay-at-home-mom can wear you out like nobody’s business. (I also am a working mom for five weeks every summer and know that is tiring as well) But I still find myself wandering around my home wondering why I can’t get anything done. Why are there piles of (clean and unclean) laundry? Why does my piano look like I haven’t dusted it for three weeks? (Probably because I haven’t) Why does my bathroom mirror have streaks all over it. (Because the boys like to do soap art on it the first hand wash after it is cleaned…but that is a different story).

I mean….I do spend a lot of time chauffeuring boys around to school, swimming lessons, play dates, volunteer meetings, and other such important activities. But I also spend a lot of time at home. Why does it seem like I just can’t get anything done?

Well…if you don’t already know the answer, I think I’ve found my culprits. The other day after lunch, I spent about thirty minutes cleaning the table, mopping the floor, doing the dishes, and generally surface cleaning the kitchen. It was nice and sparkling. The boys were playing happily together. It was a blissful few minutes.

The boys decided they wanted to color so I got out some paper and some crayons, and decided to go upstairs to get a load of laundry while they were creating their masterpieces. When I came back downstairs a few minutes later, (Seriously…like 3 minutes…how long does it take to load a dirty laundry basket?) I found little piles like this all over the table and floor where I had just cleaned a few minutes before:

P1210587I don’t know how he de-papered so many crayons in so short of time. He must have been trying to break the Guinness book of world records or something. And as you can see in the picture below, he had even colored on the paper before he started creating these lovely piles. Look at that face. So focused on getting the paper off of that crayon!

P1210590So there you have it. There are two little munchkins in my house who just cannot stand a clean space I guess. They follow me around and de-tidy the areas I have just cleaned. They are good helpers (most of the time) and I make them help clean up unnecessary messes like these that they’ve made. But still….this took precious time. Next time you come over to my house, don’t judge the un-dusted piano!

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