If there’s one piece of post childbirth advice that winds me up, it’s “The housework can wait”. It remains a constant piece of advice given at any stage of your child’s life and I for one am calling bullshit on this particular wisdom.
Because quite simply it’s not true. Of course prioritise those baby cuddles and bedtime stories, but just know that the house work can’t wait.
Have you seen how many clothes kids get through? Have you seen the state of my kids uniform after he has had meatballs for lunch? Not doing the laundry means a growing laundry pile. A growing laundry pile very quickly takes on a life of its own and becomes a mountain. And it’s a mountain that you will at some point have to conquer, unless you plan on throwing all of the clothes out and starting again.
Kids leave a snail trail of crumbs wherever they go. Those crumbs will be trodden into your carpets, smeared into your sofas and wiped into your curtains unless you keep control of them. Don’t hoover for a week and you will need some kind of industrial vacuum cleaner to get through the grime. In fact within approximately 2.5 years of having kids a Dyson will be at top of your wish list and you will wonder what has happened to you.
In my house I was unanimously and non consensually elected in as the person solely responsible for knowing where every single item is at any given time. The red car. No the other red car. The kinder egg toy they got six month ago. The left shoe. You must always know where the things are. Not tidying means not knowing where things are, which leads to tears and tantrums. Before you know it nothing fits inside the toy boxes anymore, all the outside toys are inside, the upstairs toys are downstairs, and you stand on Lego on a daily basis.
Do you really want to forgo the washing up and find out what happens when the toddler wants their dinner in the red bowl. The red bowl currently sitting in the sink with yesterdays Weet-a-bix cemented to the bottom. Are you crazy?
Not to mention how much food kids eat. If you ignore doing any washing up or chucking it in the dishwasher you would have used all of your crockery and the left over party paper plates in three days maximum.
Cleaning the Windows
If I’m being honest this is a chore I rarely did before children. Mainly because I had little need to. However small people have a fascination with anything remotely reflective, and if you don’t keep on top of your window cleaning, you soon won’t be able to see out of your windows for hand-prints and tongue smears.
Cleaning the Toilets
I have two boys. Two boys who cannot aim, and are easily distracted. Not cleaning my bathroom, particularly the toilets would mean sealing the area off with hazard tape in approximately two and a half days. No one wants wet socks when they need to spend a penny.
No people. The housework can’t wait. But it’s ok. You have helpers now.
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