Mama Sanity: Accepting I'll Never Completely Catch Up
How well are you able to keep up with your housework? Me? I am a work in progress. Saturday afternoon starts the cleaning of all the dirt, dust and shelving of dirty clothes accumulated during the week. Come Saturday evening when I am still cleaning I begin to think...I have got to be doing something wrong. There once was a time when I could keep up. Now, it is possible that I put too much to be accomplished in one Saturday on my housework to-do list. And perhaps I do have a slight case of OCD. But mostly I think it’s my own fault for letting my family believe in the cleanup fairy. By cleaning up after them over the years I’ve allowed them to think there is a fairy that graciously picks up the coats and crumbs they’ve left on the floor when they’ve walked away. In 2014 the American Time Use Survey reported that on an average day:
- 83% of women and 65% of men spent some time doing household activities such as housework, cooking and lawn care.
- 19% of men did housework--such as cleaning or doing laundry--compared with 49% of women.
- 42% of men did food preparation or cleanup, compared with 68 % of women.
How do you share housework in your home?