Common Sense Housekeeping

I love my girls. They are amazing, intelligent, and brilliant. However, they suck at cleaning. For years we have relied on chore charts to keep them both on track and to ensure they are completing their daily chores. We have bribed them with allowances or special treats to provide motivation. The chores on the chart might get done, but the other little things won’t. And when I say little things, I mean the basic things. Common sense. For instance, if you throw something away and miss the trash can, rather than walk away you should pick it up and place it in the trash can. Or, throw away your yogurt tub and put your dirty spoon in the sink. Because, let’s be real here. No one would leave it at their seat with the foil top stuck to the table and the yogurt filled spoon creating a sticky paste on the cloth placemat. Right? And you certainly wouldn’t open a packet of string cheese and put the wrapper on top of the empty yogurt tub. And you wouldn’t ignore the pile of garbage in front of you by attempting to eat around the mess. Right? Wrong. I know 2 people who would.
I can go on and on and on and on but for my own sanity I won’t. These are the most recent scenarios that sparked the “Common Sense Housekeeping.” I offered (more like forced) my girls to attend my Cleaning with Common Sense 101 course. The course consisted of me reenacting the ridiculous situations in which common sense was lacking while dirtying our home. After a few giggles from the little one and a few “I can’t believe I’m stuck with you” glances from my teenager, I think I made an impact. This weekend the girls would gently remind one another to use “common sense housekeeping” to keep the house clean. They would put their belongings away without being told. They would make sure garbage made it to the trash. They cleaned up water that spilled without being told. They rinsed dishes before putting them in the sink. They put the dog’s toys away. Life was good. This was going to work! I’ve created more than just a catch phrase.
Until today. I overheard my husband ask “Is that common sense housekeeping?” Pop Tarts from breakfast left on the table. *Facepalm.*

And here we go…..

Welcome to my blog! I’ve decided to create this blog as a way to connect with other women just like me as well as preserve the memories of motherhood and married life. So, as the title says…here we go!

I am your typical mom and wife. I start my days just like everyone else: late, hectic and unprepared! I’ve never been the “how does she do it” mom. You know, the ones who make you sick because they are so put together! I once showed up at my daughter’s school for pick up with baby poop on my face. I’d like to blame that on the sleep deprivation but in all honesty it could easily happen to me again. I’m not the mom with the sick abs who rocks the skinny jeans. I’ve accepted that I’ll never be that. I’m the mom who cherishes the stretch marks and celebrates a pair of jeans that hides my extra baggage. Although I refuse to wear “mom jeans” I can appreciate the idea!

I’m not the wife who has 5 course meals made strictly from organic vegetables and free ranging meat prepared for my husband when he gets home every night. While I do cook the majority of dinners, I may or may not have fallen asleep on the couch and been woken up from my husband as he got home for the evening. He gets home at 6 pm. This may or may not have been last week. I’m not the wife who touches up hair and makeup before the hubby gets home. Nope. My man’s special treat is if he comes home and I haven’t changed into my pajamas yet. It’s an added bonus if I’m not passed out on the couch!

These are a few examples of the realness of my life. I may not be perfect and I may not be glamorous but my life is exactly how I want it to be. I look forward to sharing the joys, pains, laughter, fears and realness of the life of a mom of 2 plus a dog, wife of one, sister to 2, daughter to 2 and friend to many!