Wednesday, May 26, 2010

My Husband is a better Mom

Kidding, sort of.  I have been knocked down with an upper respiratory infection since Saturday.  I had a fever and still have an obnoxious cough, plus the medicine they have given me seems to make my stomach upset.  Whiny enough for ya?  It's small potatoes compared to what some of my friends are dealing with, but it still sends the family routine into a frenzy.  I am thankful that my husband is very hands on.  When he realized I was down for the count on Saturday, he sent me to my room and took care of the laundry.  (it was an especially good day in husband land)  He was able to accomplish an incredible amount in much less time than it usually takes me.
I should be happy, right?  No, I was sick and thoroughly depressed that he was better at my job than I am.  How on earth could he get so much done?  So I tried to take an objective look around the house. (shuffling around in my bathrobe) Guess what?  Every room in the house is neater than my side of our bedroom is.  And don't even get me started on my desk.  Is this because I am the messiest person in the house?  (twenty years ago this would have been true!)  No, it's because I help everyone else get their stuff cleaned up, then I don't want to deal with my own stuff.  It doesn't make sense that I help my daughter clean her room instead of taking care of mine.  I realize that I should be able to do it all, but I am not that woman.  Thankfully my husband knew he wasn't marrying that woman.
Now I have to come up with a new mental cleaning schedule, and my stuff will be closer to the top of the list.  I might even have to write it down on actual paper for a couple of weeks until I get in the habit.  I know I'm not the only one who deals with this.  I don't have to come first, but I have to not always put my stuff off til the last (when I am inevitably tired of cleaning).  What about y'all? Anyone have a schedule they use? 


walkingwithangels said...

I am truely blessed with a husband that actually enjoyed housework. As foster carers we have to work as part of a team and i would rather do the paperwork than clean where he is the opposite. I do sometimes find myself frustrated when he does a better job than me, now i just try and relax apperciate him and make him a cuppa when he requires one.

Kim said...

A schedule is the only way to go. Go for it!

Real Life Sarah said...

I know what you mean Amy! Judd does the laundry most of the time, and he is so better at it than me. It probably took him less time because men are not multitaskers by nature. He does one thing and gets it done fast. You do 10 things and get them done slowly. I totally need to get better at single-tasking!