Noble Savage posted recently about the not-so-joys of keeping house. It seems to have touched a lot of us as we're all posting about it. I have a fairly large house, on four floors, which makes it seem even bigger - or at least more of a challenge, in an Everest kind of way. If something needs to go "upstairs" it tends to sit at the bottom of one flight (in a nice little two-storey basket) for about two weeks until someone needs it. I have a laundry room which is near the teens' bedrooms but not really near mine or the Little Guy's, which inevitably means that his clothes stay on top of the dryer and are pulled as needed, without ever reaching his closet.
The main reason for our mess (I have convinced myself) is that we moved into this house when the LG was 5 months old. Gifting my 7 and 10 year olds with a new baby brother and a new house was turbulent, so I focused my energies on keeping their little lives as constant as possible. Their bedrooms were furnished and organised before I had even unpacked my Tupperware. Oh and I also got my publishing contract about a month after we moved, giving me about a three weeks to dot all the t's and cross all the i's (or was that vice versa?). It's not as idyllic as it sounds writing your break-out book with a baby on your lap, believe me.
Needless to say I was a bit of a busy bee, and stupidly didn't get myself any decent help in the form of babysitting or cleaning. As some of you will recall, it wasn't until last September that I had all day free - I had had a small child in the house for some or all of the day for 16 consecutive years. What was I going to do with my time?? Well, start up a charitable organisation for one, which is like a part time (very rewarding) job.
Almost 7 years later, there are still two boxes of "stuff" in my guest room closet. Common sense tells me that if we haven't opened them in all that time, they should go - but they're photo albums. Obviously I should scan them all and get rid of the now-fading photos, but that takes time. Which I don't have.
In my case, although I hate most housework, I only have myself to blame. I have the means to employ help yet I don't. It's a lot of work telling someone what to do and then fuming when they go off and do their own thing anyway. "It's quicker to do it myself", is a phrase I hear often, at least in my head.