1. I remember when my kids were tiny how I could only clean one shower door at a time before some need or emergency would arise! hahaha …. what memories. But now that the kids are all in school all day I'm still surrounded by chaos as I've taken on 2 big household projects. That's who I am: lots of plates spinning at once. I blame it on the creative side of me. I've tried being tidy for a week and it just plain felt like I was pretending to be someone else!

  2. I brought home my firstborn from the hospital 21 years ago, and before my Mom left my house in Florida to head back to her own home in Connecticut, she gave me some words of wisdom that would stay with me through the years: "Remember, all you have to concentrate on is keeping three people…" (that would be my husband, myself, and my newborn) "…fed, clean, and cared for." This gave me such a release from the overwhelming dismay I was feeling, at the time of her departure, at the prospect of having entered this intensely huge responsibility of caring for a completely dependent individual, who came with no detailed instructions! Her advice helped me stay focused on what was truly important through the next two children, as well. Now 21 years later, I can see that I've applied this advice so well that my house resembles a dorm room (or many dorm rooms, at times). This doesn't make me particularly happy, and has caused some lively "discussions" with the slobs…er, I mean, active teenagers and/or young adults, who still live here. But I know that they won't always be here, and their friends who come over to the house don't seem a bit ruffled by the cleanliness, or lack there of. As a matter of fact, I'm told: "Mom, their houses are worse than ours". Honestly, I doubt this, but…
    So, every once in a while, the place gets a thorough cleaning for certain preplanned occasions, such as an adult visitor. Other than that, I figure that one day I will have my house to myself, and at that time, I will be able to have it stay clean for more than one day! In the meantime, I have three wonderful, positive, moral, intelligent, creative, wise, God-loving children, who, hopefully will raise up more of the same, one day…because, for me, that's more important! (And they've assured me that: "When I have my own place, Mom, I'll keep it clean". That I will be looking forward to seeing!)

  3. Kris,
    thanks for visiting the blog! "Unclean house guilt" is pure evil.

    I was thinking about you today. I'll blame my dirty house on the creative side of me, too. I like that plan.

    Oh wise, wise Beth. You have always amazed me in every sense of the word. Thank you for contributing to this conversation. I feel like I need to print out your comment and plaster it to my forehead.

    I love all you guys!!

  4. I'll say it before and I'll say it again, you live my life.

    In the first of two really long posts today (i felt the need to unload a little) I said this, "My life may not look like hers or yours of theirs but it looks like mine and it is His." You summed it up rather cutely and succintly. Love you, sis! xoxo

  5. Another great post Sandy and something we all struggle with in one way or another. I think we tend to compare ourselves with other people who seem to have it all together. What works for someone else may or may not work for us. We have to find our own balance with cleaning our house. I too have struggled with "unclean house guilt" as Kris said. My mom even comes over to help me clean whenever I have family coming in to stay with me. The thing is, when she cleans, I can never find anything. LOL! I found a website that has helped me in this area. My house isn't totally balanced as it leans more to the unclean side. But it is better than it used to be. Thanks again Sandy! I am looking forward to the next post!

    Blessings to you and your family!

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