Try this today… Don’t apologize for the mess. I find it funny that when I stop by friend’s houses, they are apologizing that the kids toys are out, the kitchen isn’t cleaned up, the beds are unmade. I want to say one thing to those people… I AM A MOM, TOO!
I remember a time last year, when my Mom stopped by and our house was a mess. I was getting the kids ready to go to school, so breakfast was out, milk was on the counter, the pan was on the stove (pepperoni and eggs are a staple in our house), the kids’ beds were not made yet and I was in the middle of checking everyone’s back-packs again, before sending them on their way.
I apologized and my mom said something that has stuck with me:
“I was a Mom, too.”
Five little words made me feel so much better.
I find a huge difference between “dirty” and “messy”. I clean the house daily, but there are so many times when our house of kid’s toys and drawings and things seem to build up around us. Our endless list of jobs at home go unchecked for a day.
There are times when cleaning the house and organizing is a must (I am a HUGE organizer), usually as soon as the kids leave for school and I look around and let the “morning mess” set in… but there are times when we are moms first. We are the keeper of the home, the giver of the hugs, the patter on the back, the helper of the homework, the builder of the forts:
For those moments when your house seems to be creeping up on you and your lived-in, played-in room makes you say “I’m sorry. Ignore the mess”, instead say “Some days are just meant for playing!”
Ps- Just remember- “I was a Mom, too. So… “Go away dust. Cobwebs sleep… Cause I’m rocking my baby, and babies don’t keep” Enjoy your time with your kids today.
When you ARE ready to clean and get organized, my Freed From Clutter book will walk you through your home, day by day, until it is exactly like you want it to be. Through it all, I really do love to have a clean, put-together house (but that’s why I think that it is OK to let it go sometimes- to be “all in” with your kids and let those other things take a back-seat for the day. You will get it back tonight. Just enjoy that time.)
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