I’m bad about washing dishes. Thank heavens for the dishwasher but it’s the nasty casserole dish, the burnt bottom frying pan, the saucy, goopy residue in the pot that I’m in denial about. I sometimes try throwing them in the machine to see if all the baked and caked on bits will melt away like in the commercials but I don’t seem to have a magic dishwasher.
This all contributes to why I’m a really big fan of this quote that’s popular on Pinterest: “Good moms have sticky floors, messy kitchens, laundry piles, dirty ovens, and happy kids.” My kids are really happy. I do spend some time every day on household chores, especially the feeding my family part, but I figure what doesn’t get done today isn’t going anywhere so I will pick up where I left off tomorrow. In truth though, as people who know me from before are bound to remember, the pile of dishes was there before kids too. I don’t remember what my excuse was in the past, but now it has become a pick your priorities issue.
I justify leaving the dishes on the counter as a choice I make to keep the me in mommy. My priorities are my family and myself. For me in this past week, this has meant the nasty dishes have gone undone, there are laundry piles, and I’m sure there are some sticky spots on the kitchen floor. But it has also meant that I have drawn a picture with my son, have had a good giggle session with my baby girl, and have shared a glass of wine with my husband. For the “me” part, I have edited a story I am working on, read an article, and gone to a really good mom and baby workout class. I have chosen my priorities and I’m feeling good.
Besides, I’m not a big baker and I’ve learned another great use for ovens – they are a great hiding spot for dirty dishes until you’re ready to take them on in your own sweet time.
What are your priorities and how do you keep them in the forefront? What magic household item do you wish for? Any other hiding spots I should be utilizing?