Reading through a post on Facebook, regarding how much housework we should be doing as a SAHM or SAHD (for those who don’t know they mean stay at home mummy or dad) and are your houses always untidy.
God yes! There are real mums and dads who’s houses aren’t unclean but are messy with toys, books and general clutter of children.
I am currently sitting in my living room with coco pops under the table (the Dyson is charging but also hoping the cats may take a liking to them) toys all over the floor and the covers from the sofa are still in the putting away/back on pile and they have been there since last week, thank goodness for throws and pillows to cover the sofa…
Anyway are we expecting to much of our self’s? Should I still have coco pops on the floor, should I have got the heavy hoover out and hoovered up 2 minutes before we had to leave for school and run the risk of Bear being late?
I’d rather leave the coco pops on the floor for a extra ten minutes than Bear being late for school.
I remember growing up the house was always tidy and clean, nothing was out of place, the toys lived in the cupboard under the stairs and that’s where they went when I finished with them. The washing machine was always on and the bedding was changed weekly and dinner was always dished up dead on 5.30.
Obviously I didn’t get the clean and tidy bit from my mum, I hate cleaning!
Anyway enough of my ramblings here are some tips to help you.
- Rota the housework everything doesn’t need to be done daily!
- Plan a meal rota (I’ve just started but so far it’s a life saver!)
- If your child is poorly sit and cuddle, housework can wait a poorly child on the other hand can’t.
- Deligate housework, if and your partner work (Even if one of you is full time) help each other don’t leave everything to one person being a SAHM/SAHD is actually harder than it looks!
- Don’t critizes your partner or wife/husband if the place is untidy when you get home from work, the main important thing is the children are safe and happy.
- Always remember the children aren’t always going to be living at home one day you will have the house all to yourself and wish it was cluttered with toys again.
So you get the gist you don’t have to be supermum, superdad or superhuman, the house doesn’t need to be spotless and tidy 24/7 it’s okay to leave the dishes in the sink over night, it’s okay to not do the washing every day or change the bedding a few days later than you would do normally!
Breath, relax and enjoy the children whilst they are young. I know a few people may disagree to this but remember everyone is different do what’s best for you.
By the way my oven needs a clean and I still need to hoover ek!