I have a friend who runs a parenting site. It’s great, she’s great…. her whole family’s great…
Sometimes as I read it my eyes glaze over in how amazing she is, how she is the perfect mom and her kids must adore here and do her every bidding because she’s so involved. Really, that’s what I think.
She actually lives far away now, I knew her when her kids were really little… but then she came to visit.
And I realized that she is just like me, and her kids are just like mine.
She writes well, and is well meaning, but we all know the chaos that several children can inflict.
So, in seeing these cleaning posts on Facebook (confession, I pre-wrote all of them, knowing I’d be heading to work this week) I am kind of making myself sick with all the self congratulatory behavior. As if I am a cleaning goddess.
Here’s the truth:
1. I can’t stand a messy house. I am driven insane by stuff that’s out all over. Organization is key for me, having stuff PUT. AWAY.
2. I have 3 kids, a busy husband and a job of my own. Having this cleaning schedule is what keeps me sane. If I see somethings’ dirty I can just kind of mentally throw it away (or mentally check it so I can fix it on my next 10 minute tidy) instead of making it linger on my mind driving me insane. I think that if I just left cleaning to “whenever” I’d feel like I always needed to clean. I’d see the floor, the bathrooms, the fridge, and I just wouldn’t be able to relax. This way I know the floor will get done on Monday, the fridge too and the bathrooms are on Tuesday.
Anyway, I am by no means perfect in the cleaning area but I do enjoy a clean house. This way I think I just spend as little time as possible (both mental time and actual cleaning time) on it as possible, while getting the best results I can.
So, sorry if I made you throw up a little bit this week. I didn’t mean to. I just love getting peeks in other people’s lives and how they run stuff. Maybe this helped you too.