I was just thinking last night how my housework routine could be reduced to three little letters: L.T.D.
L. - Laundry
I do at least one load of laundry every day. I have been known to skip a day, but I always regret it later. We seem to generate a lot of dirty towels and sheets, as well as tons and tons of clothes. The sock situation around here is getting out of control, but that's a whole other post. Joseph is usually my laundry guy, but lately he's been so busy with work, school, and his play that I've been picking up the slack.
T. - Trash
I have Daniel take out the trash at least once a day. Sometimes twice. But it must be done every day or the kitchen will look awful. Part of this job, for Daniel, is the litter box. It has to be checked and emptied once a week.
D. - Dishes
In the summer we use a lot of dishes. Rachael loads the dishwasher about once a day, sometimes twice. After school gets started, once a day will do it.
The rest of the housework is hit-and-miss. I sweep, or I get Rachael to do it for me. Someone runs the vacuum. The bathroom, I'm sorry to say, is a once-a-week job. But if I make sure to hit L-T-D every day, we stay reasonably well-maintained. Not showplace clean, maintained.
Yesterday I was so proud of myself. I went to school to work on my room and stayed until about 1:30. Then I came home and had several errands to run before I picked up Joseph and Rachael from their first day of school. They have a ride home every day with a friend, whose mother is an English teacher there, but I needed to get them quickly yesterday because Joseph had a doctor's appointment right after school. Besides, it gave me a chance to surprise them with 2 large cups of cold, sweet iced tea from McDonald's (so good on a hot day).
Anyway, by the time Joseph's appointment was finished, I realized I had not planned for dinner at all, and had nothing quick AND healthy at home. Here's where the pride comes in: Joseph and I ran into Kroger. I picked up a roasted chicken, a container of au gratin potatoes from the gourmet deli, a bag of salad, and a loaf of "bake it yourself" french bread. Within about 15 minutes, everyone was enjoying roast chicken, potatoes, salad, and hot bread. In the past my first response would have been "Okay, we're out of time, I guess it will have to be fast food." But because I don't want us to do fast food anymore, I had to think of something else. And all of the above, plus a gallon of milk, was still less than it would have cost me to buy everyone McDonald's. See? I am changing my thinking!
Other good news:
When I took Joseph to the doctor, I sneaked a look at myself on the scale. I have lost about 8 pounds since I visited the doctor 6 weeks ago! That's a little slower than I would have liked, but at least it's going down.
Well, that's all for now. My room at school is coming along.
Have a great week.