My Kids Were Here: In a spotlessly clean house?

by Melody on June 5, 2013

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Each week I will be sharing a different photo, something that throws me right back into the little moments of joy that my kids create.  Something that reminds me.  My kids were here.

Do you ever look around your house and just wonder if there will possibly be a time when there aren’t action figures wedged under the coach and miscellaneous goop smeared on the dining room chairs and foot prints on the windows?  Yes, foot prints.  I’m fairly certain that I don’t ever sit down during the day as I’m on a one-woman mission to keep the house standing.  Or at least keep it from burning down.  It never seems like enough.  The faster I clean, the faster my kids tear it apart.

There was this one time.  We had a St. Patrick’s Day/housewarming party at our house and for once (once!) since we moved in back in September, the house was spotless.  The whole place was vacuumed, dusted, swept, mopped, organized, decluttered.  Beds were made, clothes were put away, there were actually pictures in the picture frames.  The garage was spotless, for heaven’s sake.  Toilets were scrubbed, flowers were watered, I actually had make up on and some clothes that didn’t resemble work-out gear.

How did I do it and why can’t it look that way every day?

We dropped the kids off with my husband’s Mom at about 9 in the morning.  I literally cleaned from the moment I woke up until the minute people walked in the door.  I had approximately 17 lists that were being cross-referenced based on rooms of the house and priority and my husband may or may not have told me to slow down a few times.  While the end result was spectacular and photo-worthy, it lasted until about 15 minutes into the party when someone spilled their beer on the floor and someone else broke a wine glass.

Worth the effort for a picture and about 20 minutes of happiness?  False.  I’ll take my stinky boy shoes at the door and piles of laundry and mysterious moldy vegetables in the pantry and crusty spots on the carpet.  While I may not love it, I’ve learned to embrace it.  The alternative is becoming a vampire so I don’t have to sleep and cleaning in the middle of the night.  And I don’t think that’s happening anytime soon.

Question: What is the one thing in your house that drives you nuts and that you just can’t seem to keep on top of?  For me, it’s the dirty dishes.  They never seem to end!  Why does everybody have to eat all the time?

If you have a photo you would like to share, go ahead and send the photo to me at beautifulfrugallife {at} gmail {dot} com with the subject title “My Kids Were Here”.  Please include a paragraph or two letting us know what the photo means to you or what moment it represents.

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Kathryn June 6, 2013 at 8:37 am

Laundry!!

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Erin June 6, 2013 at 9:19 am

The mail! There is always piles of it in the kitchen!

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Heidi June 6, 2013 at 9:40 am

School papers – ugh!

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Lynn Wargo June 6, 2013 at 12:39 pm

Stacks of “piles” everywhere, ha ha ha. And you know what I’m talking about!!! But yesterday, when we moved our couch for the carpet cleaners to come in, there was an ABC book, some stale cheerios, a small toy head that belongs to a little boys game and a race car – Gary and I laughed – even though Gabe and Cole weren’t in the house, there were remnants of them being here!! I’m so proud of you for “Embracing It” Melody!!! Love You!!

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Shirley K. June 11, 2013 at 9:17 pm

I’m with Erin — I can never seem to get the mail under control. There are always things that might be important that I don’t have time to sort/study/decide right away, and they seem to multiply.

Laundry is one of the few things I usually have under control without stressing about it. We have three baskets — one for whites, one for colors, and one in kiddo’s bedroom. When a basket looks full, run a load. We average one load per day to keep up. Fold and put away right away, or it piles up.

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