Wednesday, May 11, 2011

I Figured It Out

I figured out how other people (moms) have so much time. Time to do all the things that I think "dude, hoooow do you do all that and still have a clean house, clean clothes, clean car, clean kids... and stay sane?"

They buy all or almost all of their food ready to use (canned or frozen).
They buy all of their bread.
They buy all of their sandwich meat already cooked and sliced.
They use the dryer.
They probably even have a clothes folder and just haven't told me about it...
Since they buy all of their food (including bread) they probably don't make the enormous messes in their kitchens like I do.
They probably put eeeeeeverything in their dishwasher. I'm picky.

Since they buy all of their food they can just come home from the store, put all the cans, boxes and bags in the cupboards, frige and freezer and VIOLA! A million hours already saved! No need to spend several hours in the garden planting, weeding or picking. No hours upon hours spent peeling, shelling, blanching, canning or freezing.

I bet if I logged every minute that I spend doing something that I could just "go buy" the finished product instead, I'd have more available time, too!

Please know that this isn't a rant or a rave or a "I'm better than you" or a "woe is me" or any such thing. I'm just thinkin' out loud. This is also very much my perspective from the outside :)

**I know this could generate alot of comments on how I am wrong - I'm open to friendly discussion, but
please let's keep it fun and friendly! I'm not looking to start a war!**

P.S. After reading this, Amy wrote an amazing post over on her blog. You gotta go check it out.


Cate @ Liberal Simplicity said... [Reply to comment]

I often wonder why it seems like other moms have so much more time than me, and prepared food is always one of the reasons I come up with. I don't even have a garden like you (yet! We're working on it!) but I still feel like I spend a ton of time making food from scratch. Luckily cooking is something I enjoy, but if I switched to more prepared foods, I think I would have a LOT more time on my hands. I'm willing to give up that time for homemade food, but I understand why some people aren't.

Wit's End said... [Reply to comment]

You are right about the prepared food, but you may also be mistaken about the *actual* cleanliness of their homes, cars, kids, clothes...

Confession time: I buy bread (I make some bread, but not nearly all). My car's backseat floor is ankle-deep with books, tissues, lost sweaters, sippy cups, socks and melted crayons. My laundry is so far behind that we have overflowed the hamper and have a massive pile on the floor of the bathroom.

I have thinking about a post exposing the truth about blogging "superwomen"... hmm maybe it's time! ;)

Sarah said... [Reply to comment]

I stand in awe, gotta say. :) You do so much. Your husband and daughter are so blessed.

Keep up the good work, my friend!

Sally said... [Reply to comment]

Yeah, I've thought of the same things to justify why I don't have time, but I don't do nearly as much from scratch as you do. I guess I spend too much time on FB and blogs! I can't cut out watching my TV shows, or time exercising (most days) to have more time. And if you talk to our mom, well you could eat frozen pizzas every day and still not have time (at least in your own mind). The long and the short of it comes down to there are 24 hours in a day, and at this point in my life, I'm the one who decides how I'll use each minute of those 24 hours. So if I'm busier than I want to be, it's my responsibility to change it. My parents aren't making me work, and my husband isn't, so that leaves me as the responsible one! (And what a responsibility!)

Miriam said... [Reply to comment]

@Wit's End Amy, LOL! Yeah, you're probably right ;)

Kristina said... [Reply to comment]

This is TOO funny!! I just went to the store today and I still have bags all over my kitchen floor. I sat there, trying to organize what I just bought, looking at the dirty floor trying to figure out a time to vacuum and scrub/mop it... I wonder, too, how my SAHM friends keep their homes so clean and teach their kids so wonderfully and cook so much... Wonder Women- that is what I think!! :)

Candi said... [Reply to comment]

You are hilarious!!! It's so true though. The other day my friend told me her husband was reading my blog and he told her I sounded like a "domestic goddess". I was so embarrassed since I feel like I am far from any goddess. I came home and asked my husband about it and he said it was because of all the things you listed that people don't understand how we can get so much done and still have time for gatherings and what-not. I told her, my house is NEVER spotless and probably won't be since I cook every night and hate doing dishes. My laundry is NEVER completely done, unless we decide to do our laundry in the nude like the lady on Oprah. My yard is will never have grass since I lovingly care for my veggies instead of grass seed. LOL! Thanks for posting this. I might just post a "reality check" post soon too, but not until after I finishing cleaning up the poo in the yard where my almost 3 year old has decided his new potty training grounds are.