So, at this point in Mommy hood there are a few things I have learned and I'd like to share them:
1. Always pick up and put away all the toys at night. This may seem silly to some, but it gives the illusion that the children have not completely taken over your house. It also seems to teach kids to appreciate their things a little more.
2. Keep Clorox wipes or some type of disinfectant wipes in every bathroom. I wipe down the sink and toilet every time I empty the trash in each bathroom. This doesn't seem like such a big deal, but it really helps keep the bathrooms much tidier until it is clean the bathrooms day. Also, if someone is coming over, you can run in there and wipe the bathroom down really quick so you have the illusion of a totally clean bathroom.
3. Keep another diaper station somewhere in the house other than the changing table. With twins and a 2 year old, there are just times that you don't want to walk away to change a baby. This way you can keep an eye on the others and still get the time to play with the baby you are changing.
4. Clean something every day. This takes about 15 minutes of your time, and you never have a totally dirty house. For example, today I am vacuuming (this of course is all the bedrooms, hallway, etc., separate from the daily vacuuming of the living room). Tomorrow I dust, and the next day is bathrooms. If it doesn't happen one day, it doesn't matter, because it was just a week ago that I dusted anyway.
5. Start dinner in the morning or during the day if you can. Nighttime flies by when there are multiple babies to feed, and typically we end up eating very late if I have to start supper after the feeding frenzy.
6. Patience is not only a virtue but a learned behavior taught most effectively by husbands and children.
So, that's just how I've been getting along. I don't have an immaculate house and I don't ever stress over cleaning when people come over anymore because it's never really dirty, perhaps just a little messy from toys. The important thing for me is that each one of my children feel like they get all the attention they need. After all, the house and cooking is not my job, the babies are.