Too much to keep up

I remember being young, and hearing of older people selling their houses and moving into condos, trailers, retirement living, etc, and I always wondered why.  Their reasoning was that their house was getting to be too much to keep up.  What?  How can that be?  They’ve always been able to, why would that have changed?

As I’ve gotten older, granted I’m only 47, I’m finally beginning to understand.  I am single, my kids have moved out, left me with all the pets, I’ve taken on a few foster kitties, and still have the 4 bed, 2 bath 1880 sq ft home on .22 acres.  Somehow I’m supposed to maintain the house, keep up with upgrades, mow the lawn, rake the lawn, trim back the trees, fix the gutters, clean, take care of the animals, all on top of working 2-3 jobs.  Add in the fact that everyone that’s ever moved out has left a bunch of their stuff, so it’s overrun with too much junk and clutter.  So on top of that, I’m trying to purge out all the excess crap.  It’s become “Too much to keep up.”

I’m really trying to keep up, but it seems that I am always falling behind.  I can never clean the house and keep it clean for any length of time, I thought that was supposed to happen after the kids moved out?  Lol.  But I’m also working on a lot of remodeling, getting the house looking nicer and more modern.  Every time I sit down I feel guilty because there is always SO much to do, but I’m just exhausted all the time.  It doesn’t matter how much I do or get done, it is never enough.  I have a never-ending, actually growing list of stuff to do!

What to do about this?  I have a plan, something in the works.  Stay tuned, keep reading, and eventually I will make the announcement.

Yellow-Bellied Marmot