Can I tell you secret? I'm kind of a terrible housekeeper. I try, mostly, but never seem to get quite caught up. There are pretty much always dishes in the sink, junk mail on the counter, and toothpaste on the bathroom mirror.
Because Jamie and I both have travel and commutes for work, we don't spend a whole lot of time at home, and the time we do spend? There are other things we'd rather be doing than chores.
It can be easy to stress about the mess sometimes. I will watch things slowly pile up on the coffee table, and it can be a source of stress for me. Here's what I mean:
Tissues, water cup, a book, tax paperwork, phone, keys, sunglasses… just a pile of STUFF. But a simple change of perspective allows me to see the beauty in this scene. Do you see it?
Max and Jamie are having this moment together, instead of cleaning. Will Max remember the pile of stuff on the coffee table? I doubt it. Will he remember reading with his Daddy? For sure.
Sometimes, finding the beauty just takes a change in perspective.
Nine times out of ten, when I go to set the table for dinner or breakfast, this is the scene on the table. Detritus from doing homework after school, miscellaneous scratch paper, colored pencils and markers. Some have rolled off the table and into the floor, and they are *everywhere*
But it's because I have a little boy who can't get enough drawing, and he loves sharing his creations with me. The mess that's made in the process? Worth it.
This is a dramatic re-enactment, but it's something that totally happened… I was in my room getting ready in the morning, and I came out to the kitchen to see this:
An almost full box of Cheerios spread across the kitchen floor. It's easy to freak out about it, to rumble and grumble and let this wreck the start of my day. But instead, I tried to find the beauty in the cereal spread across the lino. And you know what? I found it. We are raising a smart, independent little boy. In an effort to help me and Jamie out, Max had tried to make his own breakfast. Because we have been doing a good job, Max thought this was a task he could do on his own. Unfortunately, gravity won over, the box was freshly opened, and the mess was made. But it's because Max had taken initiative and tried to do something on his own. I'd call that a win.
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And tell me: How do you remind yourself to look for the beauty?
Andrea Kruse says
Love this post! It is true that perspective has a lot to do with it. I am home and my husband works just around our house on the farm, but with 3 small kids, I can’t stay on top of the messes either! #client
I find it hard to find the beauty through the mess, but I’m working on it! I’ve dealt with a lot of spilled cereal and milk from a child learning to make his own breakfast. And our tables are always cluttered with STUFF. But usually it’s STUFF that my son is using to play or create some sort of invention. It can be beautiful.