Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing. ~Phyllis Diller, Phyllis Diller’s Housekeeping Hints, 1966
I love this quote because it is so true. I feel like my housework is never-ending.
The snowing is calm during school hours, but when school lets out and kids get home, we have a blizzard!
When you are raising toddlers it seems like I get a room clean to turn around and walk back into it with it a mess again. I feel like my toddler has a radar that tells him (hey mom just cleaned in here)!
Now to overcome him destroying my work as I finish it, I let him help. When I am doing dishes I let him stand on a stool and play in the water. He thinks he is helping me when he is playing in the water.
When I am cleaning the living room, I vacuum and tell him I need him to vacuum when I am finished. While he is vacuuming my clean floor, I rush around and wipe down stands.
When school lets out, this is when our home is a blizzard. This is when it is impossible to keep up with the housework. This is when this quote takes places and hold a truth in our household.
This is when I let it go and know that I can fix it all in the morning and watch it be undone in the evening. This is what us moms do. I have learned that there is no need in stressing about the housework when the older kids are home.