Girl, Clean Your House!

Ever feel like your house will NEVER be clean? You’re not alone! Believe me, I know what you’re going through. Every time I turn around, there’s another thing that needs picked up, washed, cleaned, folded, scrubbed, put away, swept, mopped, wiped or whatever! More days than not I’ve looked around and thought, “I live with slobs.”

They say clutter is a big contributor to anxiety and unease. I can see that. The mess around me has contributed to stress in my life. I’ve searched Pinterest and Google for solutions to my ever-dirty house. I’ve made chore charts, bought storage containers, tried this hack and that tip, but nothing seems to really work. If I don’t do it then it doesn’t get done. No amount of gentle reminders, dropping hints, or screaming is going to change that.

Here’s the thing. I’ve come to realize that I’m the one that is bothered most by the mess. There will always be something to clean. I’ve had to come to terms with that and accept that my house is lived in. I’m slowly getting passed my touch of OCD and allowing myself to let go. My house doesn’t have to be in perfect condition. The mess is our mess and it’s a sign of kids playing and growing. Our mess is a sign that we’d rather spend time with each other making memories than cleaning every nook and cranny. You see, I’ve come to realize that my kids are growing up and in less than a decade they’ll both be out of the house and have their own places to make messes in. So I’m embracing this mess and learning to love it.

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