Keeping Up With Housekeeping

I actually feel like I'm able to keep up with the housework now. I've been able to keep up with the laundry since I took it over from Terry. I can pretty much do it in one day per week, with maybe an odd load thrown in here and there. And I'm able to fold and put away the clothes, as well as iron the few items that need it (it's amazing how quickly baby clothes iron up, when one press of the iron does the entire sleeve, or front of a shirt). Today I even hand-washed one of my delicate sweaters. No need to wait for all my sweaters to pile up like before, I'll just do any hand-washing on laundry day like everything else.

I'm keeping the kitchen neater, as well. Dirty dishes don't sit around the kitchen for days, they get washed and put away. The floor gets swept at least once a day, occasionally more. Plus I've organized three drawers in there. They got kind of chaotic when Terry added the stuff he brought down from NJ, but I've now relieved the overcrowding issue and the drawers are once again well-organized. And I hounded Terry into finishing the spice rack he said he'd make for me this week in lieu of building me a deck (I knew he wouldn't get that done).

Today I decided to tackle William's dresser. It, too, had become chaotic. I took out all the clothes too small for him or out of season, and folded and organized the rest of them by type of clothing. It was driving me bats trying to put together outfits for him having to unfold all the shirts to see if they were short-sleeved or long-sleeved. Now each type is in its place, so I can tell at a glance which is which. And the sleepers are all folded so they fit neatly in their drawer. I guess none of this was important to Terry, he seemed fine just using the drawers as "bins" for baby clothes. He was terrible at putting together outfits. Since the drawers were still a little crowded when I was done, I took the shirts that went specifically with certain pants or overalls and hung them in the closet as sets. I think this will help Terry-- I can just tell him to pick something out of the closet when he needs to dress William, and not even go into the drawers. It will help me, too, since I won't have to take the time to change William's clothes if I want to take him on an outing, and if Terry stays out of the dresser it will stay organized.

I also have time to knit. I finished a pair of mittens for William, which was really necessary since his hands get very cold on our walks without them. Until now I had been using the little mitts to keep babies from scratching themselves. His hands are a little big for them now, but they were better than nothing. Now he has very warm wool mittens that stay on pretty well once I get them on in the first place (it takes some effort to get a little baby thumb into the proper spot in the mitten since the baby doesn't really cooperate). Today I decided to start knitting a sweater for him. Remember the test patch I knit several weeks back? That sweater. I decided to go with the 1-2 year size rather than the 6-9 month size. I don't want to be too optimistic about when I'll finish. I'm confident I'll finish the first piece sometime this month, but if I get distracted between pieces he could be a year old (or more) before I finish it up.

I will point out that my ability to keep up with the housework is enabled not only by my attention meds, but also because we have a maid who cleans the whole house once a week. If she didn't come in and give me a fresh house to start with each week, there is no way I'd be able to keep up. I haven't started vacuuming additional times yet, but I may start, at least in the bedroom since I get annoyed when I see lint on the floor. It's so attractive when it's first vacuumed and very inviting to sit down and play with William on the floor. Not so much by the end of the week. I think if I vacuumed once between maid visits it would stay fresh-looking.

I also don't clean any of the bathrooms or wash the floors. I am sometimes motivated to spot-clean places in the kitchen and dining room that get dirty, but sometimes I just let it go. I am never motivated to clean the bathrooms.

So while there is much less required of me to keep up with the housework than for the average housewife, nevertheless it's a big improvement for me since I haven't been able to keep up with it since we left the New York apartment. Until now. And I am slowly but surely reclaiming and organizing the storage spaces as well. The house won't be done by the end of this year, but that's ok. I still feel I'll get it done, it no longer overwhelms me.