A lot of moms say they feel like their work never ends. Why is that? Do the jobs add up because taking care of a house full of people too small to truly clean up after themselves is such a huge task? Can you chalk it up to the fluid situation that is parenting? I know sometimes I don't get anything done all day because all three kids are having a rough day and need some real attention. Or if we start having fun, sometimes we just don't stop and then I have to play catch up around the house. Is it because moms aren't very good at saying "no", even at some expense to themselves? I know this blog is something I do simply because I choose it. I like the creative outlet and the discipline of writing regularly. It also helped organize my life in a tremendous way. But, I have added it to a To Do list that wasn't exactly short. The time I spend writing could be spent on the other 7,000 To Do's. Should I just say no to blogging?
Personally, I think a mom's multiplying job problem is way to complex to deconstruct in one little post. Every time I improve something I find at least three more areas still lacking. Oh, Fly Lady is right, you don't have to clean like your mother if you have good routines. (I know my mom cleaned from sun up to sun down most days, but then again we lived on a farm and she had two more kids than I do so...) I am getting better and better at my routines, but I have yet to run out of work. Honestly, I doubt I ever will. This job is like plate spinning - if you dare ignore one thing you're gluing it back together before you know it. Sometimes it seems like all you do is run from one thing to the next. However, when you really have all your plates spinning, it's a pretty awesome show. I think we all ought to stop and enjoy that show as often as possible!
Just in case the phrase "plate spinning" dates me and you have no clue what it is, here's a funny video of a guy spinning plates. I loved variety shows that featured plate spinners when I was a kid. My kids don't even know what a variety show is.