Back to basics

I seem to have lost all ability to stay on top of the washing, ironing, getting tea out of the freezer, housework and anything else remotely associated with being a good mum, wife, daughter and so on.
I have never been one for too much tidying although I do appreciate it when  it’s done. Life is for living and most of the time the balance is just about ok. Not this last week though. I think it’s partially down to the lighter nights as we’re outside so late thay I come in, do my work that I have to do (5 hours evening work a week from home Tues, Wed and Thurs in total) Then shower and bed. Some nights I battle to have a shower as I am so tired truth be told! Then of course I am tired the next morning so getting up as early as I need to is a pain in the rear. On a morning there is just me as Steven is out to work before we get up (I get up at 6) so I have the animals to let out, skip out, feed etc etc (this morning I had to put a very smug looking pony back in the field he should have been in) Then breakfast, kids ready and school run starts at 7.30.
I don’t watch TV during those nights now as I don’t get to sit down to and it doesn’t bother me one bit. What does bother me is feeling completely behind in everything this week. The washing is piled high, ironing is a mountain and the house looks very untidy. I really didn’t want this to happen in this house as I had so many hopes and aspirations of how I would be able to manage it. The kids help with things like recycle and tidy their rooms (hah!) And Steven is out working on essentials outside the whole time he is home so it’s not easy. I prefer to be outside at the moment, I am happy out there. It’s amazing. I think I just need to devote a bit more time to the house. In the January when we moved in I did somehow but again, the weather didn’t make me want to go outside and it was dark by 4pm!
Bit of a rant tonight, sorry! I find it always helps to get things down on paper. I should be in bed but I’m waiting for the washing machine to finish as I didn’t put it on in time 😕
Soon be Friday!

6 thoughts on “Back to basics

  1. Please remember you are building your plot and there is more work than a normal year, plus this is the busy time of year, getting beds ready and growing things. Don't be so hard on yourself, things will settle down and you will form your routine, and if a few things stay creased, well that's life. Remember life without enjoyment is pretty hard. Now go and do something which will bring a smile to your face. Xxx


  2. Sounds pretty normal to me, dont beat yourself up over it, things are much the same here juggling everything, I am outside until early afternoon then its a bit ht so I move into the coolness of the house do a bit housework or sewing until its time to start walking the dog and doing the evening feed round, but if its rainy day then I can blitz and catch up cooking a few meals in advance, I often cook a couple of joints at once slice them up and portion them into the freezer for meals, my washing machine goes on first thing ironing I just dont do it, I wear clothes that dont need ironing, I think you need to share the workload of housework, cant remember hold old your kids are but could there be chores that they do to help out even helping to prepare meals, enjoy winter will be here soon enough 🙂


  3. Just sit down and breath a minute. Do the essential things this morning and then have a minute. I know it is easy to suggest what to do but just would like to help. Decide what you'll have for tea for the next couple of days so you know where you are for the weekend. If you can plan something that will go for two meals like a roast chicken then have it with salad and baked spuds the next day . I used to be crazy at being house proud but as Dawn saysblitz round a bit; I always feel better when the vacuum has done its thing everywhere. Yes, get the kids to help if they are the right age with the evening feed or to sort the washing. As for the ironing just make sure the uniforms are always done and iron as you need for work for a couple of days or not if you can get away with it. Relax and enjoy the life you have and the good light whilst we have it and nobody will die from a bit of dust or if the beds don't get changed for an extra couple of days. xxx


  4. I know exactly how you feel! There's just too many nicer things to be doing than housework!Ps, I've been catching up… Wow! Everything looks amazing! xx


  5. Like others have said, don't beat yourself up. Don't forget your lives have changed so much over the last few months and it will take time to get into a routine. This time of year is busy in the garden and you also have the animals, kids and work as well… are not superwoman and you must remember this….you are doing a great job.Try to stop and take time to plan,plan,plan so you can be as organised as possible as this is the only way to complete as much as possible without running yourself into the ground. Plan meals & cook double meals and freeze one for another day, do a quick bathroom clean after washing your hands after going toilet, put pots straight in dishwasher after a meal, take five mins everyday to quickly put away things or dust a room etc.But most of all take a deep breath and remember that dust will be here again tomorrow even if you clean today… are doing a grand job!


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