There are many things that make having a large family challenging. Dont get me wrong I wouldnt have it any other way, but never the less there are still challenges. For example clothing. Oh how I loath clothing. There is always just way to much of it. About every 6 months I go through all the clothes and get rid of things that are stained or ruined. Yet what about ALL those clothes whether it is out of season clothes or the unreal amount of hand me down clothes. I cant seem to find a system that works for me. I had been doing all winter clothes together (or vice versa) and then going through them at the beginning of the season and pulling out everything that were the right sizes and then packing up the other season. Yet there are just to many sizes for this to be efficent any more. Now we are adding girl clothes to the mix.
The other problem I have is there is not enough of me to keep this house clean. This may sound crazy to some, but nevertheless it is true. My house is to big to keep clean. I can keep it tidy, thats not the problem. Its the deep cleaning that I never get around to, because keeping it tidy is a full time job. Yes, my boys are all responsible for keeping many rooms clean. Which helps to some degree. Old homes like this are so dusty and they have extra features to get dusty.
I can create a pretty mean cleaning schedule but it just doesnt matter if you cant keep to it. I guess I just need to try harder, work more deligently and organize better. There has got to be a way to make this work more efficiently.
Edited later in the day: So far today I have deep cleaned my bedroom, which included going through all the clothes in my closet and getting rid of ...you know, the size 8's I wore a few years ago and will never fit into again. I also went through some totes of clothes that were stacked in my room and sorted through those. I dusted from the ceiling to the floor, that was an undertaking. Swept and sh-moped the floor and put away all 6 loads of clean laundry that were hanging out in laundry baskets in my room.
I cleaned Eve's room. I had not cleaned it sense my mother left, that is were she was sleeping and had her stuff. So I dusted in there and changed sheets and comforters and windexed and got that weird person smell out (other people always smell different than your family) I put all her clothes back in there restocked the changing table and made it pretty again.
In our home on the second level, there is a long hallway that goes from one end of the house to the other. I vaccumed and dusted the stair railings and base boards and swept and
sh-moped the floor and wiped down all the doors leading into the different rooms.
The boys 2 bedrooms are left up there (not going to be my job) so all that is left is the boys bathroom and the upstairs will be done!!!!! I started this at 9:45 and it is now 2:25. I am hoping to get the downstairs done today as well and then come up with a plan to maintain, while maybe deep cleaning a room a day or possibly three rooms on "deep-clean Friday"
(which we have been missing these past few months)
I think that with me not having been feeling well the past 3 months, I am way behind and need to just dig in and catch myself up. The first few months of pregnancy really takes its toll on me and my home. So off I go, I here the boys upstairs cleaning their room. YAY!
Edited even later in the day: It is 5:00 and I am pooped! Not to mention burning up. During the later part of the day the house gets very hot. In rooms with no AC units it is about 90 degrees. That tends to pull the uummph right out of me. So I havent finished the entire downstairs. I cleaned the bathroom, swept and sh-moped the halls and entryway and excersice room downstairs. I spent the past two hours in the library. The kids love to come in here and build forts with the couch cushions. Play in all the art supplies. Cut up paper and leave little pieces all over the place. Eve loves to pull ALL the books off the shelves and leave them lieing everywhere. I on the same note had way to many stacks of paper that needed to be gone through. I also swept and moped and dusted. There is still some work that needs to by tied up in the library but that can happen tomorrow. All that is left is the Living room, dinning room, kitchen and utility room. Those will have to wait until early tomorrow morning. Except of course the kitchen, its where Im heading next. I know you are exhausted from reading this long drawn out post of mine, but if you head on over to Blest with Sons Blog
you will find an actual uplifting & good post about hard work pertaining to house cleaning.