Hi G., I understand about being disorganized at home. I use to be a Pharmacy Tech at a hospital and when I went to work, (before I was married and before my son was born), I went in with a set mind to get everything done, and I was good at it. I was efficient, and organized, and very timely with my work that needed to be done. I was able to organize what I was currently doing, and was able to juggle new orders that came thru. Now that I'm a stay at home Mom, my life is a complete, and utter MESS. My house isn't as clean as I use to keep it when I was single, and I'm tired all the time. I sometimes cook, but doing dishes afterwards is not on my top priority. I would ask my Mom how she managed the house with three of us girls on her hands, and she said that she use to do her cleaning at night when we were in bed. Except for the vacuuming. She'd get that done during the day. I don't even find myself doing the cleaning at night. No way. What I have found that works, is make a list of what all you need to do in the house for cleaning, and spread it out thru the week. Don't try and get it done all in one day. Say like, laundry is on Monday, bathrooms on Tuesday, Vacuuming and dusting on Wed., etc. Of course dishes are an every day thing. UGH...Dusting is a fun chore for kids to learn. If you have the Pledge wipes, you can make a game out of it. Instead of a game of "pick up sticks", make it a game of "pick up toys". My two year old son likes to help me dust. Of course I don't say no to that. LOL Try to plan your dinners a week, or two weeks ahead a time when you know you're going to the store and write down what meals you're going to cook on what days. Crock pot meals are great. Less mess, and less time to prepare. Casaroles are great also. Rachael Ray has some great 30 minute recipes on her website. Just go to www.rachaelray.com Once you get to that website, look on the far right under "FOOD" and you'll see the 30 minute meals. Click on that and you can choose the recipe you would like to try. Her website is awesome.
I hope I've helped in some way. I too live in Peoria. If there is any time you would like to talk let me know. Email me at: ____@____.com
My name is G.. There is no such thing as a supermom...so go easy on yourself ok. :-) If you feel too overwhelmed, may be consider giving up the AVON job. That will save you some time there. You're doing great with being a part time student, with two children, and all your pets. :-) I only have two cats, and one son and I still feel like my life is disorganized. HA. Take care and remember to go easy on yourself. :-)