Keeping House.

I am sitting on my couch with a squirmy baby beside me while I write this. We will see how many times I need to save this draft before I can actually publish it :). While I sit here I am also enjoying my freshly cleaned house. A HUGE thanks to my mom who came over yesterday to help me tackle it. Let me tell you, it was bad. I don’t think it had really been cleaned since right before Wren was born. That was a month ago, people!

As good as it feels to have all the laundry done, the floors vacuumed and the dishes put away, I know that having a messy home more often than not is going to be my reality for the next several years as I enter mom territory. I am learning (and I’m sure I will continue to learn) to be okay with that. I am so inspired by moms who have beautiful homes but still seem to have their priorities straight. They understand that it is not just their home, but their children’s too. I found the home of Joanna Gaines featured on Design Mom awhile ago and obviously love the vintage touches and creativity that she uses to decorate her home, but even more I love what she says about having a clean house:

“I had to get over the idea of perfect, clean, and dust-free. I noticed myself picking up after my kids the entire day. I was constantly cleaning so my house would look perfect and in order. I finally realized I was missing out on so many moments with the kids because I was concerned with something as irrelevant as clean counter-tops! I now make it a rule for myself to not waste my day cleaning because we all know it will get messy again. I can start clean up at 7 pm. I do like to go to bed and wake up with a clean house!” Amen to that!

If you’d like to see the rest of Joanna’s home and read the entire interview, click here!

2 Responses to Keeping House.
  1. Colleen
    January 31, 2012 | 2:50 pm

    those words are one of the best things you can remember!
    Wren will @ one point in her wee life begin to help and when she does let her! it doesn’t matter how well she does it …you will just be a great team doing it together!

  2. Jjanga
    February 1, 2012 | 9:13 am

    Most beautiful home ever! I really love it!

    xoxo, Jjanga
    http://www.sayhelloandsmile.blogspot.com

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