Week 2, Day 4 – Counting the Cost–and the Hours

by StephBuckwalter on June 16, 2011

I’ve been thinking about counting the hours it takes to manage a household. I’ve seen several people mention how surprised at how much cleaning can be done in a short period of time. It’s very frustrating when I realize that I just spent 30 minutes cleaning up after my daughter and I can’t even count the hours toward the challenge because I would have had to do that anyway. But even though those hours don’t count toward the challenge, they count in a bigger way–with my family.

[Kamikaze Cleaning Challenge - Week 2, Day 4]

  • Sheranne

    Anyone else have this problem: I can’t keep up with the house and the yard/garden. I can’t keep up with the house when I don’t have the yard to contend with during the winter but add the yard and I’m toast. I wish I could just say I won’t do the garden, but it is a major food source we must have – and it probably does not add much time to the massive job our yard is- the beds the garden is in have to be dealt with anyway. I can’t seem to weed/trim faster than the unwanted stuff grows! Unfortunately we don’t have the $ to pay someone to do it.
    I keep forgetting to post! I think of it around now after I’ve come in from trying to conquer the Forrest of weeds in our yard, but I don’t post b/c I know I will be continuing to work in the house and then I don’t remember to post at all!

    So now I am posting the 3 hours weeding/trimming in case I forget later. It is so depressing I have probably spent a good 30 hours or more in the yard the past week and a half and it seems like I barely have made a dent and stuff just keeps growing (like the branches that are now grown enough it is hard to drive into our driveway b/c they are overhanging).
    I feel like there is a lot I have to get done before the massive heat attacks again and it is unbearable to be outside after 10 am.

  • jen thompson

    I feel pretty overwhelmed at times too. I homeschool and work full time. My husband is gone a lot, so I pretty much take care of everything around here. I just keep plugging along and figure this is where my life is right now. I am trying to make a dent a little at a time.

  • jen thompson

    I did’t realize cleaning the yard up counted or I would have logged more hours last week. lol. I am going to try doing the whole house challenge. Today I spent 30min starting to Kamikaze the Basement (laundry and utility area). This should take me about 2 years. lol.

  • Megan

    Boy do i understand you there! Between house, kids and farm I never seem to stop. But somehow I’m never moving fast enough. To top it off i have 3 maybe 4 goats who are preg so soon I’ll be hand milking between 4-5 goats twice a day! Were also hatching more chicks as if the 70 we just let loose weren’t enough, lol. The garden this year is a lot smaller but the orchard is gosh knows how many times bigger than the last one. Were still chopping down non-food trees and prob will be all summer trying to get the area in shape. OK wow i just thought of a ton of things i need to be doing out there! Better check the grapes and berries after i get to a stopping point on the bread and cheese.Well there’s the timer, back to the cheese i go.

  • jen thompson

    lol, i could never keep up with you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Stephanie-Buckwalter/1603095226 Stephanie Buckwalter

    Have you thought about finding someone to help you in exchange for part of the produce? I have a friend who has a sizeable garden and she co-ops with one other family. One year when that family couldn’t do it, she tried it on her own and found it was way too much. Maybe you could find a large family with a lot of kids who would be willing to do that–what an opportunity to teach kids the value of work!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Stephanie-Buckwalter/1603095226 Stephanie Buckwalter

    The yard doesn’t count for the housekeeping challenge, but I might be able to find a suitable prize for this area. If I do, then I can create a drawing for that, too. I’m separating yard and home business from housekeeping because not everyone has those two to contend with.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Stephanie-Buckwalter/1603095226 Stephanie Buckwalter

    I logged 1.5 hours today. 15 minutes cleaning under the stove top (yuck!!!) and the rest of the time working on the garage project.

  • Amy

    Today we had a kid’s birthday so I only wasn’t able to spend even 30 minutes towards the challenge. At least the daily stuff is mostly done so it doesn’t become clutter.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Stephanie-Buckwalter/1603095226 Stephanie Buckwalter

    What a great attitude! I hope the next few days are really productive for you, then.

  • miamichickens

    Okay, worked in the garage for 30 minutes. I do see lots of progress and can’t wait to see what it looks like after another couple hours of work:)

  • Sheranne

    To bad my kids can’t come milk your goats, they love milking goats!

  • KD

    I have been out of the house more than I expected this week and I haven’t gotten much done for the challenge, but I have done well at keeping up with some of the regular things. Hoping to get back into the swing of things Saturday. I spend 15 minutes cleaning my washer and dryer and straightening my laundry area, and I spent 15 minutes cleaning my vaccuum cleaner. My bag evidently had slipped put of place 4 months ago when it was last changed. What a mess! After taking an air compressor to it and putting in a new bag and filter, it looks pretty good. I just glad it still works. lol

  • Anonymous

    I don’t envy you that clean up job! Great perseverance.

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