Last night I did it again where I had everyone empty EVERYTHING onto the living room red rug. We call it the Red Carpet Treatment. Everything comes out of their room except furniture. We put back what we want and donate the rest. I have to have some compassion and let them keep some toys. Duh. It's just not an excess of it. Also, the girls have been finding spots to hide garbage in rather than walk over to the kitchen and throw it away. One day I went to put some clean clothes away but I couldn't because it was full of hidden random stuff that should be thrown out. Not food but like paper scraps and wrappers. Argh.
I see these pics of blogging mamas and wish my house could look like that. I work hard every day to train the kids. I was a little bit encouraged recently after watching some kids because I couldn't get those kids to clean for nothing. My kids will clean as asked and even without complaining. It's just that they are very messy. Bless my wonderful, awesome, compassionate, sweet, amazing husband. The other day I told him my frustrations. I told him I want a cleaner house. I was practically in tears because I had worked all day. He looked around and said, "It looks great to me." Ummmm....what? He asked if I homeschooled and took care of kids. I replied with an emphatic yes. He said that was most important to him. I told him that it was so sweet but I feel happy in a decluttered and somewhat of a neat home. It makes me feel at peace. Amazing man. Seriously. He always, always reminds me that God is first, homeschooling second, and house cleaning third.
I know lots of kids come with more messes. I know laundry piles are much more than people with smaller families. I know that cleanup is multiplied and I guess I'm not the best one for the job. I did fantastic at taking care of myself or when my family was small. I just have to come up with a better plan, work even harder, and pray that God will give me the strength. It's not he energy level because I have a TON and I can go from morning to late night in whatever I am doing. I won't even sit down to read one of my books till everything is done for the day and kids are laid down. I guess I would just like to be a bit more successful.
I do TONS of stuff with my kids. I put a LOT of time into them. I could tell you each and every kids favorite color, their dreams, their likes/dislikes, their favorite foods and what they hate. I love taking them on fieldtrips. I will never replace any of that for a perfect house. I guess I'm just the type of person that has to have less stuff to keep up on. How these moms do it on a consistent basis without the ups and downs I have is beyond me. If you are like that, pray for me! I would like some of it to rub off. I was the baby of the family and I read the book Birth Order by Dr. Kevin Leman. VERY good book and it has me down to the "T" with my personality type. Oh well, here is to keep on keepin' on! I won't give up. I'm heading back over to my decluttering pile now....
Don't get me wrong, if having a lot of kids means I have a much bigger mess to clean up then it's worth it. I love these kids so much and yes I have to work so much harder because of it. I'm one blessed lady when it comes to that. Just would like to know how some of those other large family mamas do it. :D
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So a frustrating day turned GREAT! My husband came home from work. I talked to him about all this. He immediately took charge and directed all the kids to help me move things to donation boxes and put things away. He gave a couple of them new chores that he wanted to get covered. Within one hour I was amazed and was smiling all night. Then he lit some vanilla candles around the house. My mouth just dropped open watching everyone work so fast together. I was so happy! It's so nice having a man around here FO SHO! I had to show this picture because that is the red carpet we put everything on when we are decluttering. I'll have them empty everything in their room onto that carpet, put back what they want to keep and donate the rest. I emptied 3 rooms on that carpet the other day so you can imagine how this space looked just prior to this picture. EEK! Much, much went into donation bins. :D