I’d love to say that the older I get the cleaner my house gets.
But that would be a lie.
I’d like to say that my kids do a better job at pitching in . . . and they are improving . . . but I’ve not trained my way out of a job yet.
I do enjoy cleaning more now than I used to. I have certain things down to a science and I have products I enjoy using (that is half the battle.)
And yet, there are still many messes made by both myself and the children all over this house!
Sad to say, this week’s messy spot has my name written all over it. (Actually, most of the hot spots in our house are my fault!)
This bookshelf is in the girls’ room. The top two shelves look decent. Mostly because the girls are short and have not quite mastered scaling the shelves. But see the top of the bookshelf . . .with the cute cowboy hats, craft supplies and a dolly in time-out? Yes. This is what every single bookshelf in our house looks like. Exiled games, DVDs, things we don’t want the girls to get at and numerous time out toys.
I need to do something about this. Really, it is no way to live when any decorative space in the house is a toy detention center.
And those bottom shelves? Ultimately my fault. Not only do I allow those silly girls to pull out 25,000 books at a time, I don’t insist that they put them away properly, and I don’t bother either. Eventually one of the little boys gets in trouble for some form of harassment and they get the “privilege” of tidying the shelves. Until then we also have purses, bunny ears and a light saber hanging out.
Do you have a mess in your house?
My dear friend and fellow mom of many, Emily, has started a weekly Monday link up to share our messy moments.
In her words:
One thing I have concluded from all these pictures and my own chaotic life-
the messes are not going away.
I can’t say I have accepted this. It is my job to fight against the messes, even though I will never completely win the war. I pray that God would help me (and you) as we fight the mess, and on days when we ARE the mess, that he would clean us and cover us with grace.
So go ahead, share your mess and link up!