There is one thing I would like to change right now. One thing that I have worried about how I would teach it to my children.
I want to be a clean person. I’m not dirty, just messy. But, I want to have that house that is effortlessly "clean". I’m not talking about being magazine perfect, I am realistic. I just want to have the house where people can pop over anytime of day and it’s acceptable, lived in but clean. There are no dirty dishes in the sink up to the faucet, no piles on the counter AND table, no shoes in each room of the house, you get the idea. Right now, the inside joke is that D knows exactly what I do everyday. He says he can just follow my trail through the house. And, that’s mostly true.
I could walk over to my neighbor’s house anytime of day and it was nice in there. Sure there were toys on the floor, but there wasn’t clutter on most of the open surfaces too… they were open. My mother in law also has that house. Sure, by her standards it’s messy, but to me it’s sparkling, it’s clean and comfortable. I cringe at what they think of me and my house. Right now in my bedroom, there are 3 piles of clothes on the floor. Yes 3. 1 is folded, and two are not. I don’t think there is a direct path through the living room thanks to the toys. It’s not just one mess that’s the problem, though, it’s all of them combined.
All you clean people out there may not understand this, but it’s hard. I try all the time to be the clean person, the one who puts the scissors back after using them and not just leave them on the counter. I can’t seem to get the hang of it. It’s really hard for me. That coupled with the fact that we just don’t have a place for everything makes it even harder. Not to mention the marital strife this causes. He’s the clean one and I’m the messy one. It’s not pretty. Of course, when I remember to, I do put the scissors back, or my shoes. But I just don’t remember. I don’t know how to turn on that part of my brain.
Oddly, TV does help. TV shows like Clean Sweep and Clean House really motivate me. Over the last 3 years I have been really trying to be more of a minimalist. I try to figure out what we really do and don’t need. I have cut way back on my shopping habit. I put the scissors back 80% of the time. So there is improvement there. But how do I become that person? And how do I teach my son to be that person?
Is there hope for us?
This is a post is part of Week 3 of the B2B, B2B challenge.