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I love having company. I am not so much a fan of company that happens to just drop by, because I am usually caught in pajamas (and more importantly, sans-bra) which can be a bit awkward depending on who it is. My house is never more than fifteen minutes from tidy, so a quick phone call to warn of impending visitors will result in me running around like a headless chicken, vacuuming, picking up AND getting decently dressed- and it all has to be done in time to catch my breath and look cool and collected by the time our guests arrived.
Because of course I want to be able to utter those fabulous words, “Oh dear, if I had known you were coming I would have tidied up a bit.” while gesturing around my clean and neat little house. I am, after all, a housewife, its my JOB to keep the house clean. When it is messy I feel like a failure. I try to remind myself that I am, after all, raising four kids alone ninety percent of the time. And homeschooling them. And juggling my blog, my dolls, my art, and everything else. I try to not let it get me down…
But it can be really depressing, in a soul-sucking kind of way to spend hours of your day working to make things nice, and by the end of the day it still looks like nothing was done. Wash the floors? An hour later someone tracks mud and salt in all over your lovely Murphy’s Oil Soap shine. Do the laundry? Someone pees their pants, someone else smears paint on their nice shirt and the little blonde one thinks four wardrobe changes a day are a necessity. Spend quite a long time detail vacuuming the carpet and floorboards? Oh, look- an entire box of rice krispies has been tracked all over and ground in.
Sometimes I want to give up. Sometimes I get so fed up I just let the crap multiply and take a raincheck on the housework. Which is easy to do, since I’m alone with the littles so much of the time. I’ve found the BEST motivation is knowing we are going to have company. I love that our friends visit several times a week… Because knowing there will soon be people in our house really keeps me motivated and on track!
I’m not perfect, but I do the best I can. I am a disorganized, procrastination queen (and former flybaby) doing the best I can to keep my head above the pile of dirty, dastardly dishes waiting to do their time in my dishwasher.
How about you, dear reader… What is your least favorite chore?