**Note** I looked for some clever cartoon or image dealing with housework…feeling overwhelmed…but all of the housework pictures had happy, glowing people…and all of the overwhelmed pictures had frumpy, overweight women who looked, frankly, suicidal. I’m too embarrassed to use a picture from my OWN house…so no clever wit of a picture from me here
Look at me with massive amounts of content this week! I’m going to thank the second tri-mester goddess who has granted me with a modicum of energy and forethought!
What I don’t have in my life right now is structure…in any way, shape or form. It seems like every time I get something figured out…or I start to figure something out… life throws me another doozie.
So how to go about getting some structure? My friend BrandyEllen at Happily Blended is starting a series on Time Management and Organization…right up my alley!! I’m hoping I can learn some tips and get some ideas to help me get my house and my life under control!
My first thought is to actually have a schedule…and teach it to Brendan. He is starting to grasp some concept of time so I’m going to make him a “schedule” …here is what I’m thinking.
I will make a chart that says what time things are going to happen…like 7:00 and a picture of the sun for waking up…then 8:00 and have a picture of some clothes. Do the same for snacktime, lunch, naptime, dinner and bedtime. Put the chart next to the clock in his room and start teaching him that when the numbers look the same it is time to have those things done. These are all things that he is constantly asking me about.
I’m hoping that this will help hold ME accountable for a daily schedule as well.
My second thought is that even though he is only 3 1/2 years old…I’m going to start giving him chores. Last week I told him that he needed to pick up his dirty undies off of the bathroom floor and put them in his dirty laundry basket. He looked me square in the face and said “That’s YOU job, Mommy.” I said “Oh no its not!” and he said “Yes it is. You not doin’ you job.” I nearly choked. Rest assured he DID pick up those undies and put them in the basket.
So, I think chores are in order. Small, simple ones. I’m thinking he should be responsible for putting away the clean silverware when I empty the dishwasher in the morning. (Again…hoping this will also put more pressure on me to follow through with getting that done first thing in the morning.)
I also bought a Dust Buster today. Brendan was in love with it from the begining because it was “Jus’ my size!!”. So I figure a perfect job for him will be to chase down the furballs that continue to float around my house courtesy of our three fury dogs, continually changing weather and new laminate flooring.
So what are your thoughts? Anyone? What do you do with your toddlers…your household schedule? I need to get out of this downward spiral that I’m in before another beautiful, mess making soul enters my life!
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