Since I was very young, I took to housekeeping like a cat takes to water. (Cats can be very efficient swimmers, but they just don’t seem to enjoy it much, and avoid it whenever possible.)
You really wouldn’t think it would be too difficult to keep up with a house. (After all, how fast can a house move?) But somehow, this is an area where I have been soundly left in the dust over and over again. To those of you who have been in my home, I can see you out there, either shaking your head sadly or rolling your eyes and saying, “not this again?” You’re doing either one or the other, according to your temperament and degree of compassion.
Yep, I’m going to talk about that again. Sorry. No, no, please don’t leave. If you are the primary home-maintenance person, I just want to ask you one little question:
Do you have routines in your housekeeping?
Like for instance, do you do certain things on certain days of the week? Do you do a particular job at one specified time of day? Do you plan your day?
And one more question: If you do have routines, how did you develop them? Did they just sort of “happen” without any conscious effort on your part, or did you have to work to make them part of your life? If the latter, how did you accomplish that?
(Did anyone notice the double entendre in the second paragraph? It actually wasn’t intentional! )
And a side note that gives you a glimpse of my day. While I was reading aloud to my kids during school, a fascinating book about India, one of the boys interrupted. “Wait a minute…You know Opie on Andy Griffith? Is that short for Opium?” The other one was quick with an answer. “Nah, it’s short for Opossum.”
This may give you an idea why teaching is a full-time job for me. Who has time for housework?