How I Learned to Appreciate My Messy Home.

If you have kids then you probably understand what I mean when I say I have a messy home.  Yes I love a clean home and try my best to keep it that way.  But sometimes it feels like a losing battle.  Do you ever get so fed up of cleaning your home, just for your kids to come along and dirty it again 30 minutes later?  Why is it so hard to keep a clean & tidy home with kids?  Have you been able to master it?  If so I’d love to hear some of your tips!

In my house it’s a never ending battle, and unfortunately sometimes I am not the winner.

The Dreaded Cleaning Day.

One weekend I spent all day cleaning.  Moving on from one room to the other.  Picking up backpacks and shoes, vacuuming those dust bunnies from under the couch and finding socks and other random things in the most ridiculous places, dry mopping almost 1800 sq. ft. of wood flooring, dusting the wooden staircase, and on and on.  After a 40 hour work week, it was the last thing I wanted to do but knew it had to get done.

When I got to my den I was even more annoyed.  You see my den at the time held nothing but an old couch and a small television where the kids played their video games.  It was basically the kids room, so you can imagine the mess in there.  Cleaning up I stumbled across a dirty little footprint on my beautiful white baseboards.

Can you see it…

footprints in our lives

Now, I knew by the size of it it belonged to my son.  He was three at the time.  What on earth was he doing to get his footprint on there like that?  Spider walking along the wall maybe?  I don’t know, but I was very upset.  So naturally I took to facebook to vent a little.

We had quite a few comments and lots of laughs.  But my aunt, who is the kindest, most beautiful soul in the world, immediately chimed in with this “I understand, we have little footprints around here too.  But I love them!” 

Her statement changed my thoughts about these footprints immediately.  What I was frustrated about became a joy to look at and it was a shame to even clean it off!  My little boy wasn’t always going to be so little.  One day I will no longer have dirty little footprints to clean.  I will have a clean, tidy, quiet house.  And the more I reflect on that the more I appreciate my messy house.  The more I appreciate the backpacks and the random socks found in closets and under couches.

I’m sure you’ve all heard the saying “Excuse the mess, the kids are making memories”?  Well it is quite true!  Don’t get caught up in wanting everything perfect.  When your kids look back they won’t remember you for being the mom who kept the cleanest home, but they will appreciate the mom who had time for them, who spent their weekends playing with them or watching movies with them, and teaching them how to cook.  Don’t worry so much about the mess and just enjoy the memories in the making.

So lets all try to be thankful for the mess that we have and think of it more as a blessing.  It might make cleaning up not so terribly bad!

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