If you're a mom like me, then you too cherish naptime. My girls are 3 and 1 1/2. I finally have them on the same nap schedule and it is very nice to have a couple hours of the day to myself again. Of course, I should spend these hours catching up on laundry, straightening up the house, planning our afternoon activity/art project, getting a head-start on dinner, etc... but typically I use 20 minutes for a quick shower and the rest of my free time for relaxing (catching up on DVR'd shows, emailing, phone calls, reading, "resting" my eyes). Don't get me wrong, I get a lot done around here... but I do have some guilt about what MORE I could be doing instead of sitting on the couch (especially with both of the Monkeys sleeping). It's just that it's so quiet between the hours of 1pm and 3pm, I feel like I should use this time to "quiet" myself too.
I choose to believe that the topical layer of "messiness" consisting of unfolded clothes (both clean and worn), toys, books, cracker crumbs, and shoes (my goodness we have a lot of shoes laying around) is a good trade-off for a mommy/wife who feels rested, happy, and appreciative of the part of the day when she is simply "Tammy." I'm fairly sure my family thinks it's a good balance as well. ;)
Naptime is nearly come to an end... so I'll just hop off the couch and fold a quick load of laundry to make me feel "accomplished" for the day (the struggle between guilt and peace continues....)