A very good idea…

As a mum I sometimes feel like I have way too many responsibilities for way too many mundane things and general horrible jobs. There’s everything to do with the kids, of course, which is a 24/7 operation of feeding, organising and tidying up. On top of that, my main areas of responsibility are hoovering, recycling and washing. And I have been known to complain about them. Quite a lot.

Hardly a day goes by without me using the phrase: ‘If you had to… you would/ wouldn’t… ‘. As in: ‘If you had to empty the food waste caddy, you wouldn’t get cereals/ bolognaise/ baked beans on the lid’ and ‘If you had to do the washing, you wouldn’t put clothes in the wash that weren’t dirty/ you would empty the tissues and wrappers out of your pockets’ and ‘If you had to do the recycling, you would rinse the bottles and squash them/ flatten the boxes’ and ‘If you had to do the hoovering you wouldn’t drop crumbs on the floor/ wear shoes in the house’.

Yes, I moan a lot. But cut me some slack, I’ve been a parent for nearly 13 years and it’s relentless. My kids are at an age now where they should be able to flatten a cereal box when they’ve finished it and remove tissues from their pockets before they put their trousers in the wash. If everyone did these things, my life would be a lot easier and I would be a lot less grumpy and everyone would be a lot happier. Why can’t they see this?

Anyway, these moans don’t just relate to the kids. I have a long-held belief that my husband doesn’t realise either how infuriating these jobs are, and if he had to do them he would find a way to make life easier for himself. But as he doesn’t, I’m left to soldier on and moan.

However, when we moved house, in a bid to make my life a tiny bit easier, he was kind enough to put the recycling boxes in the garage rather than outside. The garage is accessed by an internal door! Win! It also contains a car, several unpacked boxes, several pieces of furniture we will never use, a number of bikes and scooters and my best friend Henry hoover. People get stuff out, then put them ‘away’ as close to the door as possible to avoid over-exerting themselves until it gets to the point where it is almost impossible to get in and out of the garage. But nobody cares because nobody else puts the recycling in there or gets the hoover out.

But my husband has been gradually plugging away at the house, the garden and the garage. He spent hours in the garage the other day and he totally reorganised it. Now there is a lovely clear path to the recycling boxes and hoover, with no bikes or scooters to trip over on the way. There is room to swing a cat and there is most definitely room to recycle the milk bottles, cereal boxes and baked bean tins. He has also cleared an old paint rack and put some shoes on it that we don’t use often, but still need.

And, best of all, there is a CARPET. Yes, a carpet in the garage. It was excess carpet that was lying on the spare room floor because we didn’t know whether to keep it or take it to the tip. And if we kept it, where were we going to keep it? The garage floor is, of course, cold and a bit mucky. I always have a dilemma over shoes/ socks/ slippers/ bare feet when I go in there. If I go in wearing my slippers, will I bring muck back into the house?

But putting the spare carpet down was the perfect solution. I don’t have to worry about cold and dirty feet, and we’ve cleared a space in the spare room.

Organising the garage really was the best idea ever. Maybe my husband does take my moans on board after all. Sometimes.

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Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. Glad he took it all onboard and found a solution for you Sarah. Mine spent Sunday clearing/cleaning the junk from under our stairs so we can get another fridge. Yay for husbands who pull their weight 🙂

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    • That’s great! My husband has done a really good job this weekend of tidying and sorting the house – the upstairs looks so much better now.

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  2. That sort of thing makes a real difference to life, but so rarely gets done.

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    • Exactly! Every now and then my husband has a flash of inspiration! He’s been really good tidying the house this weekend too.

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  3. Ah wow, that is so good! We (very) occasionally have a massive spring clean with the intention of making life easier, but my husband and I are both “putting things as close to the door as possible to avoid exerting ourselves”-people, so stuff always gets buried again. Our dumping ground is the hall. We clear it out, then we both seem to think: Ahhhh what a lovely big empty space, just the spot to put a big double buggy/all the shoes we own/camera gear/a child’s shopping trolley/the entire contents of the boot of my car etc.

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    • Oh dear! We go through phases of that too, although we’re trying to be a lot tidier now we’ve moved house and actually have space to put things away. It’s good that you’re both the same though, so nobody gets cross about it!

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  4. Those are awesome! We dont have recycling service with our council so we need to do it by ourselves. I have to lug heavy bag to Tesco recycling as its the nearest. Of course I can always put it in the normal trash but it just doesnt feel right. Little things like this (carpet & sorting out) helps us dont they. Now if I can only get my husband to do little things too! #pocolo

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    • Wow, I can’t believe you don’t have a council recycling service! I remember the good old days of lugging recycling to the supermarket car park, but that was well over 10 years ago for me. I would never put it in the normal bin either!

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  5. Brilliant! And now he’s created the perfect path to start taking on the job of recycling – why not?! What makes it a woman’s job? My husband had the nerve the other day, to say: “I do wonder sometimes what happened to the ‘man goes out to work’ woman keeps the home – why am I doing both?” I said nothing…..I’ve been seething every since! The reason? Cos now women do both as well!

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    • Grrr! That is so annoying. I think he puts stuff out there about one time in 10 and would never, ever then do the job of carrying the boxes down the drive for collection (or bring the boxes in after collection). Although to be fair to my husband he has spent most of this weekend tidying and sorting out the house – it looks so much better!

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  6. I only like clearing up when something is really messy and you can make a big difference. My daughter is away on a school trip this week so I’ve tackled her bedroom. She’s supposed to do it herself but I’ve spent the last couple of nights sorting everything (clothes, books, toys, 3 million bits of screwed up paper…..). Looks really tidy at the moment but I know it won’t last. #pocolo

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    • Well done! My boys were away on Scout camp and we tackled their rooms too. Of course they should do it themselves, but the rooms had got a bit out of hanse! Thanks very much for commenting.

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  7. I so know where you are coming from with the kids as I have a 16 year old and a 15 year old and they are of an age where I would expect them to do more to help me out, not make more work for me but they can be so, for want of a better word, lazy! Great idea about the carpet, that’s the kind of thing that my hubby always thinks of doing to help me out. 🙂 Pocolo

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    • Oh dear, why are teens lazy? It’s great that your husband helps you out though.

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  8. Great idea!
    I can totally relate , ive been a mum for 20 years , 5 of my 7 are teenagers and they still cant do a damn thing without being moaned at 357 times , it never gets any less relentless

    ( i wouldnt be without them though)

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    • Oh dear! Why does this not surprise me?! I’ve got many more years of this to come, then?

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  9. Oh my goodness you’re describing my house (minus the carpeted garage). The front and back doorways are strewn with boxes, drills, bottles, electrical leads, picnic blankets and bike helmets that are ‘on their way’ to the recycling/garage. No-one ever unlocks the door and actually puts them in there! And I’ll see you tissues, coins (even a £20 note once) and plastic rings in pockets, that necessitate a call out from the plumber, and raise you the ‘one arm in, one arm out’ phenomenon. They all do it. Inside out is fine, and I just wash it and put it away like that. But one in one out makes me so mad – I can’t leave it!

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    • Aaagh! A call to the plumber for stuff left in pockets is quite dramatic! My eldest has managed to put both an iPod (thankfully a small one of his own) and his phone through the wash. Remarkably, the phone came back to life! I’d never really thought about the ‘one in, one out’ phenomenon on the washing, but I certainly will now!

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  10. Our garage was a nightmare until last month, it was so full of stuff that we could never actually get in it to get the important things out. So we paid a man with a van to come and clear it. It cost £100 but my goodness it was money well spent as it is now so clear and clean and it is so easy to go in and get the bikes and things out. A carpet sounds like a great idea though.

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    • That sounds like a very good idea! At our old house the garage was a real safety hazard (especially as the freezer was at the back of it, so I had to keep walking out there). I thought it would be better here, with a bigger house and garage, but of course we still have stuff that we haven’t unpacked in the garage, so it’s been a gradual process.

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  11. Lucas says – WOW!!!! You’re really posh – you’ve got carpet in the garage!!!!! he he #pocolo

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    • Ha ha, we must be really posh, I hadn’t thought of that!

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  12. I am SO with you on the mundane, neverending jobs!! Ross is useless when it comes to stuff like that – although he is pretty good on the cooking front. That carpet is a great idea, we have that in our garage…all we need to do now is sort a pathway through our stuff! Thank you for linking to PoCoLo 🙂 x

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    • Always a pleasure to link up! It’s good that Ross does the cooking. My hubby is pretty good at organising, which is great, because I’m terrible at it!

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