Up until now, the Mommyish community has only known me as a working mom. Ahem, a mom who works outside of the home, that is. Today marks my official first day as a work-at-home mom. In the last few weeks as I finished out my notice at my previous job, I crafted all sorts of to-do lists and fantasized about all that I will get done now that I am not out of my house 10 hours every weekday. Of course, I will still be working and I know I will be busy so this is all very likely a pipe dream. These magical to-do lists and big ambitions will now morph into my list of things I will never get to as a work-at-home mom:
1. Organize The Bad Closet
You know the one- where you move one thing and the whole mountain of junk comes tumbling down? I figured I would devote an afternoon to that some day soon but in reality, I am dreading it to the point where I will find any excuse not to tackle it.
2. Go To The Gym Everyday
My husband goes to work a bit later in the morning so I have big plans of hitting the gym at dawn every day, before the kids even wake up. I actually did it today but I'm positive this will fizzle out soon because, exhausted.
3. Do The Seasonal Wardrobe Purge On Time
Every year, I find myself weeding our summer clothes out of our drawers sometime in late November. Considering I live in NY and it's already 40-50 degrees most mornings I thought I might try to do it on time this year. Very likely will not happen and I will have to keep fighting my kids every morning when they pull tank tops and shorts out to wear to school in October.
4. Cook Dinners From Scratch
This one is very important to me because for the last four years, I have gotten home somewhere in the neighborhood of 6pm every night and with homework, baths and story time, I have not had much time to cook "real" food. Even if not from scratch, I am really hoping to at least limit frozen waffles for dinner to only once a week instead of our typical two.
5. Meet Friends For Coffee
I have several friends who either don't work or have part-time jobs. I am hoping to carve out time once a week to have a post-dinner coffee with someone but I know it won't happen because that would mean leaving the house in something other than yoga pants.
6. Keep Current On Laundry
How hard could it be?? Just wake up and throw a load into the washer! Where it will sit until 5pm because I know I will forget about it.
7. Cut Coupons
I am the absolute worst with coupons and consider myself a success if I leave the store with everything I need regardless of it's cost. I really want to try to make time each week to shop for sales and clip coupons but in reality, I know it won't happen. There goes $12 each week that I could be spending on my theoretical "coffee with friends".
8. Put The Kid's Baby Books Together
Hahahahahahahahaha. Never happening.
9. Get A Jump On Christmas Shopping
I think the local Target employees recognize me as the lunatic woman hunting down the season's hottest toy and seven rolls of wrapping paper on December 23rd, panting and out-of-breath. I am really hoping to fit in a few early shopping trips this year but, lazy.
10. Learn How To Be Crafty
I have fantasies of spending my evenings knitting something adorable but I'm sure my evenings will just be 19 Kids and Counting re-run marathons and a glass of wine, like usual.
(Image: Dmitry Melnikov/Shutterfly)