These days, I’m learning to juggle again. It has been a long time since I’ve done much work outside of my home, and Scott and I have never both worked full time away from home at the same time. Our former schedules (and lack of schedules) have been swept away, and with Scott on a continually changing work-schedule, I’m thinking this juggling could be a little more interesting.
We try to keep things picked up through out the week, but inevitably, by the time the weekend gets here, or whenever our free-day happens to be, there is a whole lot of catching up to do: sheets to change, clothes to fold that have sat in the drier for two days…or more. Dishes from the last few meals of the week that haven’t gotten past rinsing, food to cook, baking to do with many more dishes after that…. and what feels like several dozen small things that didn’t happen in the evenings before.
By the time I get home at night on a work day, I’ve cleaned at least two homes and sometimes four and doing a lot of house work is not as high on my priority list as it could be. Doing a little each evening keeps the house from becoming a disaster zone, but organizing and making other people’s homes completely sparkling from the closet to the top shelf of the kitchen cabinets makes me want mine to look just as good. Like Gretchen over at the Little Pink House was saying a week or so ago, in order to organize, we must simplify, and to simplify, we must organize. Even though I reckon we don’t have all that much important stuff, we have enough to simplify and let me assure you, the bottom shelves in my kitchen could surely use some organizational attention in the near future.
Right now, I’m working on a plan to make it easier to share duties, and to have a plan that will help to not have so much catching up to do at the end of the week. But putting that plan into practice may take a while.
So for the moment, I’m taking one room at a time, cutting back on the unnecessary and putting what we do need where it will be the easiest to keep it that way and eventually, perhaps, this will all run a little more smoothly again. For a little while at least, until life decides to change again and we get to start all over again! ;)