Viral video proves getting “nothing done” around the house is totally exhausting
Asking any mom who’s been home with the kids what she “did all day” is a great way to make her want to punch you in the face. Mostly because trying to articulate every exhausting, draining task we accomplished is impossible at that point. But also because sometimes, we honestly couldn’t tell you. Because we get derailed, overwhelmed, sidetracked, and distracted approximately every three minutes.
Lucky for us, fellow mom Carolanne Milijavac gets us, and her viral video spoof on Facebook is all the proof we need.
Her video post “How was I soo busy all day and nothing is done??” will have you immediately nodding along in stressed-out solidarity.
“I gotta clean this house,” she says in the video. “We’ll start with dishes.”
And her day just goes off the rails from there, because, let’s be honest: cleaning the house when you have small children is a monumental struggle. Every chore leads to an even bigger chore you’ve already neglected.
“Ugh, I’ve gotta take this trash out,” she mutters. “Well if I’m gonna take this trash out, I’d better clean out the refrigerator. We are out of trash bags! Better put that on the grocery list. We don’t even have any paper to write a grocery list! I gotta clear this counter top off.”
And so on. And so on. And so on. This is the exact flow of pretty much all of our days at home. Lather, rinse, repeat, until we collapse in a heap of frustration and a box of wine. Because keeping a perpetually clean house is, for the most part, bullshit.
The video has been viewed over 22 million times because it resonates with mothers everywhere. Popular Facebook page Love What Matters shared the video and moms are so here for it.
Milijavac tells Scary Mommy she struggles with “squirreling out” when it comes to cleaning. “Partly because I despise it,” she admins. “But mostly because with three little girls, it’s like shoveling in the middle of a cheerio, lego, dog hair, barbie shoes blizzard.”
YES. I only have one little girl, but I can’t tell you how many days go by where I find myself sitting in the middle of a task in a completely different room doing a completely different thing than what I initially set out to do. The key for me (when I actually have the self-discipline to stick to it) is breaking up the chores a little bit each day so I don’t feel overwhelmed.
“I do my best to make spoofs that are as real as humanly possible because it’s funny, it’s relatable, and it’s genuine,” Milijavac says. “We have enough people in the world ready to make us feel like we aren’t good enough. I wanted to let others know it’s OK to struggle at the mom and wife gig, and it’s also OK to laugh about it.”
Hell yes. Most of us are probably so relieved to see it’s not “just us” we’re laughing all the way to the wine box in the fridge.