I’m not going to quote scripture or talk about the Proverbs 31 wife. I won’t talk about helpmeets or submitting to your husband. This one is all about me and my ill feelings toward the mundane, everyday tasks that I should be doing as a wife and mother.
If you notice, I said things I should be doing. I’m currently not doing the things you’d expect. I haven’t made any attempt to actually follow through on the daily household charts I made almost a year ago to help me be more organized and keep our house in order. Instead, I will have one marathon cleaning session that gets the house looking decent, spend a few days relaxing and reading or working on a crochet project, and watch it all fall apart again. If I would just follow my own directions, the house would be easily maintained.
It’s amazing how quickly I get overwhelmed because I don’t just keep up with the things that need to be done. Once the feeling of being overwhelmed pours in, I am consumed by failure and do even less than I was doing before. (Is that possible?)
I’m also not making school with our kids a top priority. I make sure they do pages in their workbooks on a daily basis, but I just don’t want to be bothered with anything hands-on because I know it will be time-consuming and probably messy.
Call me lazy. Call me a failure. Call me what you will. I can guarantee I’ve thought worse of myself than anything you can come up with. But I’m done.
This month, I’m going to concentrate more on making this house the home we want to live in, and being the mom that my kids deserve to spend time with. I’m going to implement the charts I’ve already made and try to get into a routine that works for all of us. I’m going to leave less to my husband to do, because, Lord knows, that man works hard, and he deserves to come home to a clean house and clean clothes in his dresser. We will all be able to relax more if I will just put in the time to get things done every day instead of all at once.
This month, I am going to embrace the mundane. I will cheerfully vacuum the living room daily because the dogs are shedding their winter coats. I will keep the counters cleaned off and the garbage from overflowing. I will take more time to sit with my kids, talk about important things, like dragons, and play outside with them because we could all use a dose of sunshine. And I will make my bed because I know that makes a big difference to my husband.
You will probably see me less on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, but I’m still here. Please don’t hesitate to call or text me if you want to talk because I want to do a better job of keeping in touch with all of you, too.
What can you do to be more cheerful in your everyday tasks? Do you have suggestions for me?