Sunday, May 19, 2013

You just can't do everything!

Since welcoming our 4th bundle of joy into the world nearly 2 months ago, I've been keenly aware of the sometimes uncomfortable fact that I just can't do everything. Sometimes I feel like I can hardly accomplish anything! I know a lot of us often feel undue pressure when we read too many Pintrest-perfect blogs or just from our own self-imposed standards, so I wanted to do a little blog therapy here for all of you who might feel like things aren't always as together as you might like. Today's post is a tour of my home one particular day about a month back where there were messes literally as far as the eye could see.

First, I had 4 simple goals this particular day:

1) Make sure nobody in my family was naked
2) Make sure nobody in my family was starving
3) Take a shower
4) Take the kids to have fun outside (This was my biggest goal since I felt that my "big kids" needed to have some fun with mom who had been so preoccupied lately. It was a big deal in and of itself requiring goals like getting out of my pajamas, wrangling everyone out the door, putting on I said, a big deal!)

I did mostly succeed in meeting these goals (minus one 50% failure of goal #1 as seen in the first picture below... I have no idea why my 2 year old wasn't wearing pants.).... and though I met my goals, from the looks of the pictures, you might surmise that "cleaning house" didn't make it near my priority list for the day. I came inside from taking the kids out to play (woohoo for meeting goal #4!) and was so shocked by what I saw that I had to photo document it, knowing that it would be much better to laugh than to cry.

You will see what happens with 6 people in a 2 bedroom apartment, 4 of whom are 7 and under and had been left pretty much to their own devices to make their own (messy) fun for far too long, 1 of whom was crying incessantly and thwarting any meager attempt at tidiness, another who actually needed to work and was out of paternity (clean-up crazy messes) leave, and yet another who had no time to put away groceries or laundry, or make the bed, or do the dishes, or...

Enjoy the tour of my home (which actually looks BETTER in the pictures than it did in reality)! Believe it or not, I did survive this day, as did the rest of my family and even my home, and nobody seems worse at all for the wear. Perhaps today's tour will make you feel like you are living in a pristine paradise or help you feel more ok about the things that couldn't quite make your list of priorities today. We just can't do it all sometimes, and that's ok!

 How about you? Are you feeling like there are more tasks to be done than hours in your day? What's your best therapy when you just can't do it all?


  1. :-)

    clothing for the 6 and under crew is totally optional here, especially just hanging out around the house sorts of days.

    fwiw - those pristine homes don't looked lived in... or loved in... at least that is the mantra i tell myself when i'm feeling bad that i've not been keeping up.

    1. Oh, I like your mantra! I'll have to borrow that for sure. My house is often looking very lived/loved in lately. =)

  2. Thanks for your photos and your post. It's good to know that I'm not the only one who can't seem to do everything and keep up and have a Martha Stewart home. Too many other things going on in life. Clothes and food are higher priorities for sure!!!

  3. I just want to encourage you that your house looks really great for having so many people in a small space and a newborn! You are doing an amazing job at organizing your home! Just know that in our house you often cannot see the floors (at all) because of messes, and we don't have a newborn!

    1. That's what I thought! Those pictures look just about normal for us.

    2. Well, you guys are really sweet, but I'm telling you, the pictures just didn't do justice to the messes that were there! Many of them you just can't see (like piles of laundry waiting to be done, dust bunnies having a hay-day...!). =) It really was spectacular that day, but my camera just couldn't capture everything. Again, though, Olive, Phyllis, and our friend who posted anonymously, I am so grateful for then encouragement that I'm not the only one who lives an often messy life! You're right, Olive, about too many other important things going on to care about having a perfectly tidy house!