Imperfection Secrets

My ‘good enough’ examples:

  • I don’t fold my sheets. If they aren’t going on the bed right away, they are stuffed into one of the pillow cases and put away.  Nope, no folding or ironing for this Mama.  Who cares if they are wrinkled.  Once the comforter is on, you don’t see the wrinkled sheets.  When you get into bed, it’s night time, it’s dark and no one is there to inspect your sheets and judge them.
  • I don’t fold or put away my children’s clothes. That is one of their jobs.  {My youngest is almost 8.}  I think I began having them help with their clothes when they were about 3 or 4.  This is what I do: I make stacks of each child’s shirts and bottoms.  I will neatly lay out the clothing.  I like to use hangers for everything except for underwear or jeans, so the kids grab their stacks.  It is then their job to hang up/fold and put away their clothes where they belong.  Unfortunately, I would say for the majority of time my kids don’t put up their clothes right away.  I will insist they take them to their rooms, but they will lay them on their dresser or desk.  Several days may go by before they put them away.  I don’t put them up, even if it drives me crazy.  Otherwise they will think I will do it every time.  How will they learn to be responsible if I do it for them?  If they don’t fold clothes {shirts or bottoms} they have put in drawers, they are responsible for ironing them.
  • I don’t wear makeup every day. I definitely look better with it on.  I like to give my face some ‘air time’ so to speak due to acne.
  • My children & husband help with planning & preparing our meals for the week.  If you missed this post you can read it here.
  • I try to make my bed every day, but it doesn’t always happen. I don’t make my kids beds. {sometimes, but seldom} If I want them made, I ask them to do it.
  • If you open a closet, drawer or cabinet it’s not likely to be tidy.
  • After 7pm I do not do laundry. If the kids realize they need clothes to be washed to wear to school in the morning, then they have to be in charge of putting them in the washer and dryer.

I think that is ‘enough’ for now. 😉  These are a few of the things I do to help me balance my time, allowing me to live by my priorities.  Delegation and spouse support are key.


Happy Friday,

Comments

  1. Phew! I’m feeling much better about where I’m at as a mom of 2 little ones. I strive for this make believe “perfection” {as if it were attainable} and get REALLY upset when a bad day comes and nothing gets taken care of.
    Thanks for your honesty. I AM NOT ALONE! I love that!

    HUGS! {miss ya!}
    Amy@Coffee With The Mrs. recently posted..Little Tikes Cozy Truck Winner RE-DRAW

  2. Amy, doesn’t it feel good to know you are not alone?! It does for me. Thanks for staying in touch my very wonderful blogging friend. Hugs back…miss you too! 🙂

  3. Thanks for sharing! You sound much like me. Some parents truly act like their children are helpless. My 5 year old has just now started helping me with laundry, and it’s going MUCH faster these days! I love it!

    Been poking around on your blog some, and it’s very neat! I love when people are enthusiastic {yet real} about being “Family Manager.” {I also love that you call it that!} I am new at this…even being a momma thing {we’re adopting our 5 year old}, so some days are easier than others. 🙂

    Anyway – great post. Found you via DWYH!

    • Jos! That is so awesome you are adopting! Congratulations!! I will send you some great book resources for Family Managers. 🙂 Thank you for your extremely sweet compliments! I’m pretty sure I have been to your site before. I am happy you found me. 🙂 I love making new friends who share common interests! I’m heading over to your place now. Thanks again.

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