Working full-time is a big adjustment from being stay-at-home mom. I don’t think it’s the time that’s hard but the time on top of my mom-job. Even though I don’t do as much at home as I used to, I still try to maintain a presence.
The reality is, my presence at home lately as been just that- present. I come home and am so tired. I make time for daily interacting with the kids and husband. I don’t make time for home-making, which is usually exhibited in my many baskets of laundry, waiting to be folded.
To my great delight, daughter is very gracious. She has stepped up to the plate of keeping the order in the home while I’m gone. Since she has been so helpful, without asking usually, we have turned this into a job for her. I don’t know what I will do when she gets a job.
Last night when I left for work (at 4:30pm), daughter was touching up undone painting around the house. She called me at midnight to see when I was coming home because she had a surprise for me. I contemplated what that might be.
When I got home, at 5:00 am, even in the dark, I could tell something was very different about the laundry room. Our backdoor enters through our laundry room and it is the one room we have not painted, ever. It was not pretty, until yesterday.
Sadly, I don’t have before pictures. Of course, I’m not sure I would post them. The room was dingy and dusty. I didn’t have very good order, though not from a lack of trying. Too much stuff, too little space. Now, the color is clean and fresh. I like how she put the blue behind the machines.
I put this shelf here early on but have always had the wrong things on it, in the wrong order.
These jars a great example. I had a ton of them, in a basket, on that shelf. Daughter condensed them and stuck them in the cabinet.
My first thought when I saw the new paint was how great it looked. My next thought, unfortunately, was that it would have been nice if she had talked to me first. I quickly got that thought under control. I don’t have time to get the laundry room in order. I NEED HELP, and I can’t always see where I need help first. Sure, there are a few things I would have done differently or maybe even some things that I see to be done still. I can always do them later, IF I get the time.
Thank you, daughter, for your huge help. I love the laundry room. I know the way it looks effects everyone in our home, as well as those who come to our home. What a great surprise.