You knew homemaking would be hard.
But that doesn’t mean that you’re not sometimes affected by exhaustion, frustration and overwhelm. Right?
Please say yes, because I’m about to tell you an embarrassingly true story…
One dreadful Fall night I subjected my family to a hormonal hissy fit.
“I’m not the maid,” I declared.
“No one appreciates me,” I cried as I raced to get my purse and keys. I needed to a time-out.
Until I realized I was barefoot. “What if I wanted to browse somewhere,” my mind raced. So, I went to my closet, and fumbled through the shoe organizer.
“Crap, these shoes don’t match my dress.”
“My outfit won’t coordinate,” I thought to myself. (You can take the girl out of the ’80s, but you can’t take the ’80s out of the girl.)
I decided it was insignificant considering the circumstances and slid my bare feet into the black flip-flops. I was on my way out when Mr. Hines intercepted me in the master bathroom.
I yelled. He talked.
I cried. He listened.
I let it all out. I told Mr. Hines about the greasy stove top. And changing the sheets, and making the bed, and putting away laundry, and keeping a clean home and how I work, too.
In the distance, I heard the clinking of dishes being put away. Then, the whirring of the vacuum cleaner. My daughter was doing her chores.
I started to calm down.
Then, Mr. Hines said something about all of us cleaning together on Saturdays and how it won’t take that long if we all work together.
I felt relief, hope even.
There is something so encouraging about others coming alongside you to help when you need it most. And since then, I’ve actually learned to love homemaking, even the messes.
Which is why, a year after having that major meltdown, I wrote in all (this story along with all my best advice from years of developing systems to efficiently handle cleaning and organizing, lest you try to storm out of the house in the only shoes you can find because homemaking is hard) down in my book, Creating Success At Home.
Becoming efficient as a homemaker is one thing. Fully embracing all the messy moments and hard times and loving it (most days) is another. But it’s not out of reach. No one should have to feel overwhelmed by homemaking because it costs too much or they can’t get the help they need.
See you in class,