Monday, January 30, 2012

The house was clean yesterday...

Ever wish you had a sign like this to hang on your front door? Almost as a "before you enter" pre-apology?

Honestly, our living room is never quite clean because I can always spot a toy lurking somewhere under the couch, chair, bookshelf or hassock. Cheerios have a unique crunch I've learned to identify the second after my foot comes into contact with them. They also, like their friend the building block, are tiny enough to burrow themselves into the hardest to reach locations.

And pacifiers seem to go missing in "blink and they're gone" fashion right before it's time for bed, when a particular binky user is at their crankiest.

Then it's time for me, aka tired mom, to don my super sleuth cape as I comb over every inch of floor with Sherlock Holmes precision.

(While my usually helpful Watson is already passed out on the couch, despite red-faced wailing that could rattle the dead. Yes, it's a medical mystery that still alludes me and, probably, women everywhere.)

Binky found, I can only contemplate what other hidden treasures await me behind the dark, dusty, entertainment center.

I sigh. Long and loud. Shut my eyes, dismally.

But, you know what? Life is messy; so it makes sense our homes are at times too. Despite our best efforts, something usually falls by the wayside, whether it be cooking, cleaning, grocery shopping, errands, etc.

There will always be one more thing on our to do list that we haven't managed to accomplish.

However, straightening up the house is one of those never ending jobs that will need to be done day after day, child after child, disaster after disaster.

So, the reality is, we should do the best we can and...

Try not to sweat the small stuff.

(Because while messy rooms may seem the height of catastrophe, they truly aren't that significant in the grand scheme of things.) :)


Catherine West said...

My house is clean today. Come on over!!
LOL - I know what you mean...and your advice is sound.

Christina B said...

Hi Catherine :)

Thanks so much for coming over to my blog! I'm just about to start reading Yesterday's Tomorrow. Finishing up a book I need to write a review for then I can't wait to dive into yours!

My house is semi-clean, but only because I had someone coming over. I swept up the cheerios as well as possible but probably still missed a few... Lol.

Anonymous said...

Christina, you are a Seekerville Winner. Clean the house later. Claim prize now.

Love Inspired author Allie Pleiter joined us on Wednesday to talk about The Kiss That Isn't. Winner of Allie's February release Falling for the Fireman is Christina B.

Christina B said...

Tina, Oh my goodness! I'm so excited! I usually never win anything-I'm not one of those "lucky" sorts-so this is awesome!

Thanks so much for letting me know. :) Just sent out a reply email over at Seekerville!

Michelle said...

Hi Christina! Thank you for following my blog! It's nice to meet you! I'm following you back now. :D

And I can so relate to what you're saying in this post. It's been a process, but I'm learning to let go of the idea that the house needs to be perfect when people come over. It's never going to happen anyway, plus it's my pride that makes me want it that way in the first place (and pride needs to be kicked to the curb!!).

I look forward to reading more of your blog.

Have a blessed day!

Christina B said...

Hi Michelle!

Thanks so much for following me and I really look forward to reading more of your blog as well!

The clean house thing has nagged me for a while so when I saw this poster, I had to put it up here. :) It made me laugh, but also said exactly how I feel. I tend to worry about what people think if I have a slightly messy house, but am realizing that, oh well, life doesn't always accommodate what we want. Especially once kids are in the picture!

God bless and hopefully we'll "bump" into each other again soon! :)

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