Don’t be a hater, I always tell myself, when I come across those people who always seem like they have their sh*t together, look put together and keep it together in the most stressful situations. Their homes are unbelievably clean (seriously, where does the hair from their head go?), there are no bags under their eyes, they’re perfectly styled (at least compared to me) and even their kids look like they have their sh*t together, too. How, how, how? I’ll admit that I’ve lost it on occasion (translation: last night) overwhelmed by all the things I feel like I have to do to sustain our family of three (six, if you count the animals) and manage our home. Yesterday, I was actually acting more like the child of the house than the mom as I was doing chores — no one else was going to do — late in the evening, slamming doors and drawers, throwing stuff into bins, stomping around, huffing and puffing (seriously, ready to blow the house down), and actually cursing under my breath, “I’m over this sh*t,” thinking my husband and daughter were far away in another room. They weren’t. They were actually snoozing on the couch in the adjoining room and, oh, yeah, my husband heard me. And he gave me the daddy shame face plus the no-no nodding. My response to him was, “You just get to do the fun stuff, or the stuff you want to do.” You won’t see my husband cleaning our daughter’s dirty underwear or talking to the preschool teacher about lessons. So we agreed that we’d work on figuring out how to get sh*t done at home together so we all have more time to enjoy other things in life — the fun stuff. So here’s our list in progress: How to Get Sh*t Done Without Really Trying (Kinda)
- Buy a robot vacuum: My sister calls hers “Rosie.” That’s where all the hairs on her head and her Chow’s fur goes. Rosie eats it. Say bye-bye to broom and daily sweeping!
- Pay someone to do it: House cleaning once a week or even a month I hear will change my life and our relationship. Imagine the energy conserved from not cleaning and not fighting with your significant other (or kid or dog or cat). Priceless.
- The two Fs, Fluff and Fold: Some people are sensitive about other people doing their laundry, but imagine the extra time you have by sending your laundry out — or getting a cleaning person already at your house to do it. Friends of mine swear by it.
- Plasticware and paper plates: Perhaps not the best for the environment, unless you get eco-friendly, biodegradable products, but this certainly makes cleanup easier (aka known as prevents roommates/spouses from getting upset over piling dishes).
- FREE! Wait for your mom (or sister) to do it: I don’t know about you, but one of the perks of having family members visit is they’ll tend to do certain chores without asking. I can thank my mom for loading/unloading dishwasher, picking up takeout, loading/unloading laundry, emptying trash cans, and, the best, playing with my daughter — so I can do what I want — most of the time, without even me asking. As for my sister, because she doesn’t like anything we cook or stock in our pantry/fridge, when she visits, she’ll cook and buy enough food for a week.
- FREE! Get your kid to do it: Just convince them it’s fun to do. Toddlers are suckers for this.