As in….a mother’s work is never done!
I ran into another mom at the park one day a few months ago, and we started chatting. It turns out that she was a teacher-turned-stay-at-home-mom, like I am, and we were talking about how much of an adjustment it is. She said something that I think about often – the biggest thing she had to get used to about staying at home is that your work is never finished. When we were teaching, we could do a lesson with our kids, and for the most part, it’s checked off our list – on to the next thing. However, when you are at home, you do something – clean the kitchen, do some laundry, give the kids a bath, organize the toys…but before you know it, there are dishes piled up in the sink, clothes on the floor, dirty faces and hands, and toys scattered everywhere. I didn’t realize it, but this is very frustrating for me. I get very tired of doing the same chores all of the time (like unloading the dishwasher! YUCK!), and I am CONSTANTLY trying to think of ways to make my life easier. Pinterest has filled my brain with ideas, but when I try to put them in place, I fail miserably…I really lack the ability to transfer the creative ideas I see into my own home!
Andrew comes home pretty much every week to the furniture moved around, a new basket somewhere, things rearranged in the kitchen…and I still can’t figure out the best solution for “domestic satisfaction.” In fact, I put off cleaning now more often than not, because I know that once I start, I might not be able to stop!