Or at least a decent cleaning.
My whole theory of housekeeping can be summed up by one of two phrases: "It's better than it was," or "Good enough." If you look around my house it will be plain just how low my standard of "good enough" is and your mind will be sure to run rampant with terrible imaginations of what my house looked like before it became "better than it was."
There's nothing molding anywhere (except maybe in the fridge) or anything like that and this one time we stayed on top of everything for a full week. But I can only keep things picked up for a day (or two if I'm lucky). Our house just usually looks like the aftermath of an explosion of...stuff—papers, toys, clothes, shoes, socks (especially socks), little velcro pieces from quiet books, that sort of thing—and I'm *this close* to accepting that as a fact of [my] life.
It's more lack of organization than anything else.
Anyway, Karen joked that we need Jacob back. He's been out of the MTC on the mission long enough to have gone through a transfer. He has a new companion who he is really enjoying and is excited to get to work. That boy knows how to work. I'm not saying he always works hard or well or anything but he certainly can work both hard and well when he applies himself. And he usually cleaned the microwave while he was living at home, so, yeah—we're kind of missing him.
I told Karen that I didn't mind cleaning microwaves at all...it just takes me a while to get around to things like that. There are so many other things to do, so many daily tasks—dishes and children and cooking and toy-picking-upping and diapers and laundry and working and sweeping and so forth—that the non-dailies get pushed aside. Papers pile up on my desk and the floor goes unvacuumed for longer than it should and the tub certainly doesn't get scrubbed near often enough and the microwave starts developing tomato sauce stalactite but at least the children are decently fed and I have a constant supply of clean diapers and there is plentiful evidence that my children play. Like I said, I am *this close* to fully accepting this stage of my life.
A while ago (who knows how long ago?) I was vacuuming on a random afternoon in the middle of the week. Andrew came home while I was doing so and asked me what I was doing. I told him I was vacuuming and may or may not have used the word "duh" when I did so.
"Why?" he asked innocently. Then he informed me that "Friday is chore day."
The funny thing about living in Andrew's childhood home is that, in some ways, he's reverted back to childhood.* Chore day!? Really!? My whole life is "chore day."
"I really don't think your mom will mind if I vacuum on a Wednesday instead of on a Friday," I told him, "Because...I'm vacuuming."
I remember Saturday morning chores at my house growing up—the kind that have to be done before you can play—and I imagine that my "chore day" growing up was very similar to Andrew's "chore day." I can't wait until our kids are old enough for "chore day!" I think it will probably get implemented as soon as they volunteer to sweep the kitchen floor and I say, "Sweet! Go for it! Here's the broom! Do you want to mop, too?" instead of, "Oh, dear....Ummm...I want you to help, I really do...but....Okay, okay! Put the broom down now before you gouge someone's eye out!"
If the whole "volunteering to sweep" thing doesn't pan out chore day will begin when they are fully capable of wielding a broom.
*I'm not going to lie: I have, too. Sometimes it's just nice to be taken care of a little...