My Crazy Mind

I don’t know what it is but my mind is on overdrive these days.  I have so much going on but I can’t just pick one thing and stick with it.  I have a to-do list of about 700 things and I am in the middle of about 10 projects but I can’t complete anything.

I don’t know if it’s the third kid adding to all of the craziness in my brain but I am getting so frustrated. I am so used to order and control and ORGANIZATION.  I have lists about other lists.  That’s the type of person I am. I am slightly OCD {about certain things, not all} and I feel like I am losing control of it all.

For example here’s a little bit from my to-do list:

1. Exercise – I have been trying to do Hip Hop Abs for 2 weeks now. I just need to put the DVD in and START. I need to stop all of the damn excuses…..

2. Dishes. Oh dear lord the dishes. Well it’s just the darn bottles! Can they please create a cycle on dishwashers called “Dr. Brown’s”. It would make my life soooooo much easier.
3. Create a food journal – but not based on the last two weeks.  Back on track MONDAY! NO EXCUSES.
4. Create a personal growth/goal journal. I need to start writing shit down…..
5. Eat healthy — DUH!
6. Fix the boys room so they feel like they have their own individual style in a shared room {i.e. curtains, paint, shelves, pictures, etc}
7. Fix the toilet seats in two of the three bathrooms. Boys!!!!
8. Fix my kitchen sink {I have the parts but I don’t know where to start}. Stupid fancy faucet!
9. Stain the steps on my back “deck”
10. Organize the boys clothes {somewhat done.  I just need a few extra totes and either donate, sell or get rid of the clothes that Owen has outgrown}
11. Organize the basement {aka – toy room from HELL}
12. Organize and purge my clothes that I haven’t worn since I worked 6 1/2 years ago – dear Lord it’s been that long since I had contact with humans that didn’t wear diapers but still complained about too much shit.
13. The ongoing piles of laundry. I used to love laundry but now I can’t keep track of what’s clean and what’s dirty.  Who hates when they think that they are on top of things by throwing in an “extra load” then realizing when it’s time for the dryer that there is still a pile in there that’s only half dry…..
14. Organize my kitchen drawers. I have so much crap and so few cabinets. I store Owen’s bibs in my pasta drainer!
15. Don’t even look in my coat closet. You open it up things may rain down on you {and it won’t be dollar bills y’all}
16. Find a spot for Owen’s pack and play! Right now his changing table is my dining room table so good luck solving this mystery! Oh and please ignore the pile of boys artwork and papers behind Owen’s changing pad.  I have not thrown out ONE thing since Ben started preschool back in 2010. Yeah… do the math. That’s 4 years worth of papers from Ben and 2 years from Sean.  I swear that I am NOT a hoarder but their shit is so darn cute.  How can I throw it out?

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17. Oh I just discovered that from Sean climbing on my kitchen cabinets that he split the wood in a very expensive cabinet door. Do I use wood glue? Do I replace? UGHHHHH. Yes, I know that my cabinets are dirty. I was cleaning them when I spotted the big crack

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18. Have Joey call Moen to order a new toilet paper holder – THANK GOD for MOEN and their free replacement parts. We have definitely taken advantage of that with these boys and our bathroom/kitchen products

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It’s an ongoing list and this is only half of it. I have so many projects and so little time {and money} to complete them all.

How do you guys handle this stuff? There are things that my husband can/will do {i.e. he does all of the yardwork, planting, etc} but I try and do indoor stuff like painting and fixing things. He works so much that he doesn’t have time at all during the week to do a lot but take out the trash at 10:30pm when he gets home. So when the weekend rolls around I would rather him occupy the kids so I can do laundry, clean, etc. But he does do laundry and lots of other things for me. So I can’t complain about that at all. I am home all day but I still don’t have the time to get things done. I want to just hire a handy man to do so many things but dear lord who can afford one? I just finally got a cleaning lady every few weeks to help me out with the dusting and the bathrooms.

I feel like I have no time for myself. And now that Owen is around I want to spend time during the day with him and not plopping him down in a seat while he watches me clean dishes. But some days that’s what happens. But he isn’t that kid that will sit long and since I know for a fact that he is my last baby I want to spend as much time as I can with him. I want to lay on the floor and roll with him, sing him songs, shake the rattles. I don’t want to miss one moment with this kid. So how am I going to accomplish everything on this list??? HELP!!!!

PS. Since I started typing this I did change one toilet seat! Woo Hoo!!!!

So tell me moms {and dads} how do you get it all done?  I am so overwhelmed that I feel like the walls are closing in on me because I can’t do it all. It’s my job to do these things and I can’t even keep my floor clean let alone take some time for myself.

Thank goodness that I love these kids so much. They are pretty darn cute, right?
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Photography Credit: Photography by Jen Davis

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