Tell me how to focus on my scrapping and not my chores,lol.

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Posted: 2/16/2013 9:11:56 PM
I have serious guilt about my chores sliding while I scrap. I have 3 days starting tomorrow which I want to spend not chasing kids and cleaning up their messes. That is what kills my mojo every single time. So if you do it, how do you put mom duties on hold and enjoy "me" time? DH says to rent a hotel room and go scrap there. I would rather send them so I have all my stuff. My space is open so I am always bombarded when Im in there. And I stop what i am doing to take care of the brood. It would be akward if I hog-tied and gagged them, so any other ides?



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Posted: 2/17/2013 12:35:01 AM
I have a beautiful scrap room, but I rarely scrap at home bc our kids are 7,6,3. They won't leave me alone!

My friend and I use our church a lot. We have actually also rented a hotel room to scrap there.

I have to be able to concentrate to scrap, so scrapping around the kiddos is a no-go.
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Posted: 2/17/2013 1:51:13 AM
Maybe you could also set them up to scrap as well, (not with you best stuff of course) and tell them the best behaved, and the best page will get a prize. I'm glad I don't have kids or younger siblings to deal with. Good luck!
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Posted: 2/17/2013 1:57:29 AM
Can not help you, i never scrap until my chores are done, i spent today (Sunday)making sure it was all done so i could spend all day tomorrow working on DT work


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Posted: 2/17/2013 2:46:08 AM
I either ignore them completely or half@ss them until Im done being creative. I tell myself Im cleaning if the washer & dryer are running while I scrap. That being said, the dryer keeps beeping incessantly to remind me that the load is dry and I still havent gotten up to get it out.

It is interfering with my Peaing and my scrapping!!


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Posted: 2/17/2013 2:51:22 AM
I don't have a problem scrapbooking if I have chores to do, but I don't think I could ignore the little ones. When my dd was little I used to scrap late at night, sorry not a good solution

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Posted: 2/17/2013 6:15:13 AM
I went to bed early last night, when youngest DD did (about 8:30). So this morning I got up at 4:30, and while she is still sleeping, I am peaing, cleaning my craft room, and preparing to spend a good portion of today doing layouts. I have the laundry down to maybe one more load, and will be fixing something very simple for she and I to eat. I have always had good luck squeezing it in during the early morning hours, simply because no one really wants to be up at that time!


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Posted: 2/17/2013 6:32:17 AM
I will often tell my kids to "go ask Dad, I'm not in right now". LOL! I'm not sure if you are able to do that but it seems to work enough for me. I also make sure the kids have food, clean clothes, and there are movies and such they can do while I'm scrapping. Because in reality, your chores aren't going anywhere, they'll be there when your mojo needs a break.
Hope you find something that works for you!


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Posted: 2/17/2013 6:41:30 AM
I ask my husband to take our 2 girls out for a bit so I can scrap. They go shopping, to the movies, to see grandparents, etc. This gives me the time I need and they are having fun too. If my hubby's not available, then I get them involved in a craft, movie, easy bake LOL

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Posted: 2/17/2013 7:52:09 AM
My boys are older and generally entertain themselves. They have scrapped with some of my leftover pictures on occasion.
As far as chores......I offered my hubs "favors" if he did them.
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Posted: 2/17/2013 8:12:38 AM
I don't have advice since you don't have a door to shut on your scrapping space, but Thing 4 has the greatest head of hair I have ever seen! She looks like a living doll baby!!



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Posted: 2/17/2013 8:14:48 AM
Oh my gosh, I am glad it is not just me! My boys are 6 and 10 and they won't leave me alone either!! I think some of it is me not being firm enough. As soon as I sit down, someone needs a drink, a snack, a fight erupts and I have it handle that or someone is standing at my shoulder TOUCHING my stuff


I actually had big plans this long weekend but we got a dog from a pound Friday afternoon so that is now taking up all my time.

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Posted: 2/17/2013 8:33:50 AM
How old are your kids? I would tell them that Dad is in charge & not to bother Mom...or Movie day w/ popcorn.

At 6 & 10, these two should be able to get their own snacks/ lunch and entertain themselves, IMHO


ETA: The chores will still be there tomorrow, unfortunately






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Posted: 2/17/2013 9:26:22 AM
I don't know, I think you're on to something there with the hog-tie and gag idea...

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Posted: 2/17/2013 9:59:14 AM
If you get up early you can finish up your chores before your family even gets up.
Or you can do them at night before you go to bed.

About your kids... Can you arrange a play date for them?
Or organize an activity for them so they have something fun to do too
I don't have a door on my room and I just invite my kids in to work with me.
I give them a big box of paper I've purged and tell them to make cards for their friends or collages.


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Posted: 2/17/2013 10:17:50 AM
I agree about the getting their own snacks. But for some reason the nagging just drives me crazy. Mom, Mom, Mom, Mom, It is hard to sit down relax and focus when they are driving me crazy!!! It is getting better over time though.

As far as the work around the house, I still can't ever seem to find the right balance either.

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Posted: 2/17/2013 11:07:04 AM
I figure this is the reason God created dishwashers and washing machines and other automated things to do the work FOR us ... so we can scrapbook while they are working!!

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Posted: 2/17/2013 11:36:52 AM

Oh my gosh, I am glad it is not just me! My boys are 6 and 10 and they won't leave me alone either!! I think some of it is me not being firm enough. As soon as I sit down, someone needs a drink, a snack, a fight erupts and I have it handle that or someone is standing at my shoulder TOUCHING my stuff


This is it exactly! They are constantly buggin' me.

I should state the older ones are 14,13, & 11. The baby is 2. Dad is home to take care of her. My chores/mom duties are the constant everyday stuff, all of which the older ones a perfectly capable of doing, but 1/2 of the time don't. And if they do them, it most always requires nagging on my part.

I just need to learn to let go and concentrate on what I want to do, instead of stressing that it's not getting done.



I don't have advice since you don't have a door to shut on your scrapping space, but Thing 4 has the greatest head of hair I have ever seen! She looks like a living doll baby!!
Thank you! She is pretty cute if I do say so myself.



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Posted: 2/17/2013 12:13:19 PM
I read a tip from a Pea once who said she would write down a few things to get done and once they were checked off then she didn't feel guilty scrapping..I'm trying to apply that tip!!!! My biggest interruption is having to break up the kids bickering or the constant tattling. Why does it only happen when I finally sit down to scrap?

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Posted: 2/17/2013 12:23:53 PM
I can't help cause I have this same problem most of the time. My girls are 13, 12 and 9 but they still argue over ridiculous things, seem to always need mom to do something for them and can't seem to clean up after themselves. I can't seem to sit down and create if the house work isn't done. I had planned on scrapping this weekend but so far nothing. I have been cleaning all morning and still have a few things I feel I should do before I play. But the kids are gone to grandparents and DH is at work and I have done 75% of my chores so I am off to play. I do get to play more during the week though because my kids are all in school.


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Posted: 2/17/2013 12:24:07 PM
I've got 4 kids as well: 8, 4 and 3-year old twins. I work 4-on 3-off and on my day off when the 2 girls are in school, I sometimes think I could sit down and do something...until I've got 2 little sets of hands grabbing everything in sight. My scraproom is a dedicated room which is shared with the kids crafts and open to the family room. I remember when DH was finishing that room for me I had this romantic idea that I could scrap while the children played.

As for focus, I have no problem when I actually do make the time to sit down and make something. If I waited until "everything was done" it would just never end up happening. There is always something to do. I find the peace of mind being creative here and there gives me the motivation to keep going in the chore department. I find if its been busy and I've not done anything for me at least some of the time, I am not as happy a Mommy.

I used to go to crops when I had my oldest and sometimes when I just had the girls. Since the twins have been born, I find that to take the time to plan and pack things up sucks my focus more than anything. I've got the space and now and then I have a few girlfriends who will come over after the kids are in bed and we will scrap for a few hours on a Friday or Saturday night.

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Posted: 2/17/2013 12:29:52 PM
I'm a listmaker too. So I like to write down all my chores (even the silly stuff like dishes, laundry, take out the trash, clean toilets - you get the idea). That way, I can cross it off the list when it's done. I usually take 30 min to see how many chores I can do and I'll do it when I think I need to step away from a layout or a card project. I also like to do laundry while I'm scrapping because it's not too time consuming. I just sort then throw a load in and scrap. When it's done, throw the load in the dryer and then continue scrapping. Maybe your kids can help fold when it's all done.

I don't have children (yet), but I like some of the ideas already suggested. Or why don't you set up play dates with friends or if they help with a chore or two, maybe DH can take them to a movie? Or set up some sort of reward if they give you enough mommy alone time - like dinner out or frozen yogurt. Don't know if these would work but good luck!

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Posted: 2/17/2013 12:57:17 PM
It sounds like your DH is pretty supportive so put him in charge of the kids. If there are chores they need to do (and IMHO also a 14, 13 & 11 should require minimal supervision) let dad know and ask him to make sure they get done.
If they come to you make "Go ask your dad" your mantra. If they baby is getting into stuff "Honey.....!" or set up a baby gate if needed.

Your chores will be there tomorrow or whenever your DH is not around to keep the little one out of your hair anyway.

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Posted: 2/17/2013 2:42:02 PM
It's a scientific fact that there's an inverse relationship between a mom's need to sit and do something she enjoys & her offspring's immediate need for her attention.

Sedatives in their Kool Aid, maybe? Well, no, I guess if you won't hog-tie 'em....lol


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Posted: 2/17/2013 3:08:55 PM
So, it's 1pm here. I have gone to the grocery store and picked up snacks, I rented 2 movies and I supervised the kids cleaning the downstairs and assigned dishes to DH. I'm going to go into my scraproom and see how far I get, lol. The kids know that Dad is in charge and Mom is off limits unless (and I quote my DH here) "Someone is in need of immediate medical attention, because if they aren't, they will be.", lol.

Wish me luck!



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Posted: 2/17/2013 7:10:17 PM
Sorry- i was reading and being asked questions at the same time...I like your solution of daddy taking the kids to a hotel. Everyone should pitch in the night before to get chores done a them everyone gets a free day.
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