Yes, yes... being absent from home during 12-14 hours every day doesn't help to keep a clean home! I would be so embarrassed if any of you saw the thick layer of dust on our furniture. I only have time to do the very basic things - washing the floors, doing the dishes, making beds, laundry. And I must say, this doesn't cheer me up at all! I can't wait to be able to do a good, thorough cleaning. I love it when the place looks welcoming and fresh, and when I'm not ashamed to receive visitors.
Housekeeping for my precious family, as I find out again and again, isn't simple. It takes talent, ability and organization. And it also takes time. Today, people don't have time to invest in their home and make it a lovely place. Many prefer eating out, even during family celebrations. Isn't it sad how the culture of family and home grows weaker? But it is in our power to preserve it, ladies!
I think I will stop my rant here. I eagerly wait for your tips and strategies on keeping house at the busiest periods of your life.