Thursday, May 28, 2009

Why my house is messy...

I got home from a busy day of running errands and looked at the house and just was a mess. I thought to my self as I started cleaning things up...why...why is my house so messy. I had just spent Monday night cleaning until 1 am and the house was spotless. Am I such an awful homemaker that I cannot even keep up the house's cleanliness for 3 days! I kept thinking about this as I was doing the dishes. And this is what happened while I was loading the dishwasher.

Hmmm...maybe it's the fact that I have to load the dishwasher about 10 times because my little helper is being 'so helpful' and enjoys it so much. :) Then that got me thinking...usually about 5 minutes after I clean up a room and head to the next...the room I just cleaned has stuff all over the floor again. Or the window I just washed looks so pretty and tempting...and their little fingers make prints all over it within minutes. Or the fact that when I try to throw away a broken toy or put some toy they no longer use in the basement...some how it always ends up back upstairs. Or maybe it could be that as soon as I fold all the clothes the baby thinks its fun to see them fly everywhere. Or maybe the fact is that drama is always happening like today when Minnie's bow fell off and it was the end of the world and it had to be sewn back on right away because she just wasn't as pretty without it on. Or it could be that as soon as I start cleaning someone wants a story read to them or help doing a puzzle (the puzzles that I've already put away 10 times today). But you know's ok that my house is messy cuz my kids are happy. And as those who have come before me have said...enjoy this stage because one day you will miss it.

I came across a poem that my grandma cross-stitched for my mom when all 8 of us kids were home. (Our house wasn't always clean...but boy were we so very happy!) My mom let me take it to my house.

My House
Some houses try to hide the fact
That children shelter there
Ours boasts of it quite openly
The signs are everywhere.
For smears are on the windows
Little smudges on the door
I should apologize I guess
For toys strewn on the floor
But I sat down with the children
And we played and laughed and read
And if the furniture doesn't shine
Their eyes will shine instead
For when at times I'm forced to choose
The one job or the other
I want to be a housewife...
But first I'll be a mother.
I'm so grateful for my children and the joy they bring to my life...especially my biggest kid...Mike ( you honey)! :) And although some days my house is clean and most days its a mess its ok because my kids are happy and one day I will miss the mess! Enjoy life and love it!


fausetts6 said...

ok, THANK YOU for this post. My house is always in chaos and you know the quote, "cleaning house while children are growing is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing." is my life.... I just really needed the post today. you are the best. Love you

Berry Family said...

So nice to know that we (other moms) aren't alone on that thought. With kids there is never a CLEAN or QUIET moment. Got to love that chaos that comes with being a mom!!!

Geneve said...

EXACTLY! It is so nice to know that other moms struggle with the same things I do! Good perspective, though. Thanks for the reminder.

Eagle Mtn. Kelseys said...

Thanks so much!! I love those dresses too! I just HAD to learn how to make them...I actually just get the flowers at Roberts on the stems and cut them and make the clips, so easy and they look so much cuter then the scrapbook flowers people do! If you want to get together and share ideas and stuff let me know! Are you a reg for Buncos? If so I guess I'll see you Tues!

Summer said...

Terrific post! Thank you... I really needed a pick-me-up.

racefan said...

I really appreciate this post!! It reminds me of the important things in life---kids and NOT a clean house. This gives me hope:) I get so frustrated after I've spent so much time cleaning the house and it gets destroyed in a matter of minutes. And I love the poem your grandma wrote--it is so fitting!

Krista Neil said...

This is just how it is at my house, you totally made me feel normal. No I'm so bad at this, and being pregnant has forced me to calm down on the cleaning frenzies, because my body can't keep up, it totally drives me crazy some days though.

Heidi Gail Richhart said...

cute post!