We could giggle about the time I absent-mindedly told one of my Pre-K students his drawing was ugly, but I don’t want you to think I was a bad teacher.
Or, I could share with you how I make goals every summer to spend lots of time chillin’ poolside, but never do, but that fills me with regret.
Instead, I’ll tell you about how when my daughter was a preschooler, I spent too much time keeping a perfectly clean house. So much so, that in order for her to spend time with me, she’d follow me around and help me clean.
Seeing younger pictures of her makes me wish I’d turned off the dust buster, put down the broom and sat on the floor and played with my baby. At the time, I had this cute little saying that I bought at a garage sale hanging in my house. It read:
The cleaning and scrubbing will wait till tomorrow,
For children grow up, as I’ve learned to my sorrow.
So quiet down, cobwebs. Dust go to sleep.
I’m rocking my baby and babies don’t keep.”
What a great, gentle reminder of what is important. So, to all of my friends who are mothers of young children, I want to encourage you to enjoy those babies while they are little. I know you worry about keeping a clean house, cooking every night and having a beautifully decorated home. The good news is, all those things can be managed in about 30 minutes a day, so you will have time for what matters most.
How to Create a Cleaning Routine That Works
I recommend creating a 15-minute routine for both morning and evening that will make tidying up a little more manageable.
In the morning:
- Swish the toilet
- Wipe down bathroom counters – lately I’ve been using
- Empty the dishwasher
- Throw in one load of laundry
In the evening:
- Have everyone put their belongings away; even the little ones can help put their toys in bins or baskets.
- Empty the sink/ load the dishwasher and set it to run
- Put unsorted mail in a file folder or basket, and choose one day a week to go through the mail.
- Clear counters and surfaces. This is easier to do when everything has a place.
I hope these tips help those cobwebs to quiet down and the dust to go to sleep, ’cause those babies really don’t keep. Mine is thirteen-years-old now.
UPDATE: My girl is 20-years-old now, and living her best life in California. I almost deleted the older photo when updating this post, but decided to keep it for posterity sake. I’ve added a more recent photo below.
See you in class,