Confession: our house is always a mess. Lately, I can’t keep up and frankly, I haven’t even been trying. Sometimes, life is just busy and you don’t get to choose what falls to the wayside.
However, I do hit my limit eventually. And Friday night, as I headed to bed I looked at IZ and said, “I can’t walk tomorrow–this house has to be cleaned.”
I wish I could say I was one of those people who kept up with cleaning on a daily basis. But, other than making sure the dishes are done every night, I’m not. For the most part, I’ve accepted that this isn’t my strong suit. My gifts and graces do not include ” keeping an immaculate house” and I’m ok with that.
What I will tell you, though, is that I adore a clean house. Who doesn’t really? There is something so hopeful about looking around your space and seeing everything, ok mostly everything, in its proper place. Sure, keeping up with these chores daily would mean not spending an entire Saturday to remedy the mess–but, oh is the effort worth it. Even if it’s done all on one exhausting day.
I woke up yesterday to find IZ and Geo watching anime in the living room. As I began to clean, IZ said, “Don’t worry about the kitchen.” And then he booted our son into his room to clean it and began to clean the kitchen. He did all the floors too. Which meant that I actually had enough steam at the end of the day to tackle the laundry in its various stages of undone.
Clean sheets, vacuumed floors, fresh flowers — it doesn’t take much to remind me how much I love living in this house. Despite the unpainted walls and crumbling carpets. But a man who doesn’t let you clean alone, is priceless.
That is priceless! I also love the sense of renewal a completely clean house gives me. Dusting is my nemesis(hate it); I enjoy vacuuming though. The clutter is getting away from me with Alison(and all her stuff) here. But the time with her is wonderful.
As much as I love it, you’d think that would keep me motivated. But alas… NO! I feel you on the kid clutter. IZ jokes that our house will get clean when Geo leaves for college. Heh… Enjoy your time with Alison!!
I love a clean house too and it isn’t fair that one person should carry the whole load. Last I counted, there were other contributors to the grime. And yes, a certain someone is like pig pen and a cloud of debris follows him wherever he goes – so I am absolutely convinced the house will be cleaner when he misappears to college.
Then we’ll just be mopey in a clean house. sigh. But again, thank you! It was nice to not do it alone and to get so much done!