If I step on one more Cheetos. If I pick up one more sock. If I wash one more dish.
I am going to lose my everlasting ass mind.
My four tiny humans, three of whom run through my house like it’s their version of ‘The Sound of Music,’ and a baby who is latched to the Leche, tear my house up on a daily. It’s like I clean, and they are like, ‘oh, so you didn’t think the first time was trashed? Well, here this mom!’
Yes, trashed y’all. Applesauce packages half eaten, pull-ups changed but not in the trashcan, clothes all over. You name it. They are most likely on my floor or my couch. The other day when I went to lay down for the night, I kid you not; it was a half-eaten granola bar in my bed.
ON MY NEW SHEETS.
I am still uncertain how that is even possible since they aren’t allowed in my bed.
Let’s be real though, you cannot control kids.
I am not going to try to kid y’all. Your girl is not the most organized person, not by far. I try my hardest to keep my house intact. I try to make sure the dishes are done daily, and the laundry is washed and dried, not ever really folded. My husband and son put the trash out, and there is always food. However, when you build a brand from scratch while being a stay-at-home mom to active kids, you have to pick your battles.
My battle is my house most times. I can’t always make sure that I scrub the toilets or mop my floors. I do try to make sure that he gets swept daily, but even that’s a stretch.
My anxiety was getting the best of me, and it was showing how I reacted to my children the way I interact with my husband. It was even affecting my mental health. There are days that I did not even want to get out of bed because I just didn’t want to see what it looked like out there.
Especially when its time to spring clean! Spring cleaning is probably the most overwhelming cleaning for me. because not only am I having to clean the regular everyday mess but I have to also start decluttering putting things away that should have been taken care of long ago.
Every year I realize that I am over my head and I end up with a break down of three.
This year, after much talk with my mom friends, I said enough is enough and decided to outsource.
What is outsourcing?
To outsource means: to obtain (goods or a service) from an outside or foreign supplier, especially in place of an internal source.
Meaning I need to get somebody in here stat to help me keep my house afloat. Now I’m not saying that it’s necessarily bad, but in my Black people culture, we do not hire people to come and clean our house, especially when we have kids who can help us do it.
However, your girl is entirely about breaking generational curses.
Can I get Yass Sis!!
Helpful ways to Spring Clean for the Overwhelmed Mom!
There is no shame in outsourcing Mama.
Here are a few ideas listed below:
- Hire a cleaning service and request a deep clean: This is my ultimate favorite way to outsource because they will come in and DEEP clean and disinfect EVERYTHING!
- Hire a Professional Home Organizer: This is perfect if you have many things that need the correct placement to flow in your house more efficiently.
- Hire a Laundry service: No one likes laundry and if someone will wash and fold for you, then do it, sis!
- Hire someone to shop and deliver the things you need to get organized.
Frankly, I’m pretty sure there’s a service for any and everything.
For us, I decided that hiring a regular cleaning service would save my life. I sat down with my husband, weighing the pros and cons of having someone come in and clean, quickly realizing that having someone coming in to clean monthly was way better than having no one at all.
Once a month, my cleaning lady comes in and deep cleans my home. I’m talking about the baseboards, ceiling fans, windows, and couch. Under the cushions, underneath the couch, and moving furniture the works.
I won’t lie after the first time I saw her whipout her ceiling fan cleaner. I knew she was the one. It was like love at first sight.
I told my husband I would gladly trade him for her because she cleans the ceiling fans.
Now when presented with a chance, I praise outsourcing for aiding in mom life.
This is why outsourcing as a mom is essential.
We wear so many hats that being drained to an E is a constant in our daily lives. So, having something that makes mom life a little bit easier is a must.
It’s top of the list CRUCIAL to do so.
So, get you a cleaning lady Sis, get you somebody who can fold your laundry. Get somebody who can mow your lawn, get somebody who can just literally do anything to make help you relax, breathe and remember that you are doing the best that you can. You are a vision and a force.
Tell me, what is your favorite task to outsource?
To assist in finding any local outsourcing, check your local Facebook Mom Groups.
I’ve connected with some amazing bloggers to share some Spring cleaning & decluttering inspo! Cleaning hacks, how we spring clean & more! Head to each of their blogs to check out what they are sharing.