My house is a mess.
It seems that I clean up one room and the next gets messy. Then magically, while the house is getting dirty, a mountainous pile of laundry has appeared out of thin air.
It’s a never ending battle!
Yet, week after week, while still working on my shops Blu-83 Vintage and Dear Alice Company , I some how manage to tidy up and have a functional home.
Many times when my mom decides to come over, isn’t up to her standards? I get the “you just let dishes pile up like this?” or the infamous “why are all these clothes just piled up and not hung up?”
While washing dishes the other day, I began to contemplate as I was overwhelmed by the amount of dishes and mess in our kitchen. Do you ever stop to think, “How on earth did my mother do all this?”
My mom was not a stay-at-home mom my entire childhood, but worked off and on outside the home. Our house was almost always clean. Everything had a place, clothes were folded and put away and our sink hardly ever over flowed with dishes.
Then I took it back one more step, my Grandma Alice, my mom’s mom…her house was never ever dirty (well until she had 4 grand-kids…my cousins messed it up for me LOL). My mom has always told me stories of how my grandma kept a clean home, cooked and worked as a nurse with 3 kids and without the conveniences of today. (I don’t know about y’all but my calendar on my phone is a lifesaver and pick-up grocery service too. I don’t think they had that in the 60’s)
They didn’t have a dishwasher, nor did my grandfather ever help out (because that was “women’s work” to him).
Sometimes I can’t help, but wonder am I doing this right? Could I be doing more? I know I strive to keep a clean home, but let’s be honest ladies….it’s down right exhausting sometimes!
Are there any mom’s out there who can relate?
2 thoughts on “Mommy Struggles: Living Up To Our Mother’s Expectations”
Girl, I’ve never worried about that. To be honest, my husband cleans more than I do because I don’t worry about it.
Also, to your point, your mom and grandmother were not blogging and maintaining businesses too. I just think we’re all doing a lot more than previous generations and we have different lifestyles. I’m sure you’re doing the best you can, just like they were.
True. I guess I never thought about it that way. Thanks for reading and commenting 🙂