The answer lies in an assumption we make: in order to be successful, we must keep a clean home. It’s simple yet, well, impossible. I’ll tell you what that’s like. That’s like digging a hole in the sand by the seashore and walking back and forth with a bucket in an attempt to move the ocean into the hole you’ve dug. Sounds foolish, doesn’t it. It’ll never happen. By the time you walk to the shore, the sand in the hole will have soaked up most of the water in the hole. And let’s face it, the ocean is just way too big.
The good news is that the ocean doesn’t belong in the hole. The mistake is in thinking that it does. Mama, a messy house does not mean that you are a slob, it means that you have children. It means that your children have things to play with and play means development. It means that they are fed and clothed and thriving. When a mama fights to keep a super clean house all the time, something often gives – it might be her sanity, her health, her sleep.
This is what I’m telling you mama… If your house isn’t clean all the time, then you’re making the harder, right-er choice – the choice to let the laundry go a little further than you’d like because feeding them takes priority. The choice to let the toys clutter the room because you NEED to drink a tea for Just. Ten. Minutes. I’m not saying to not clean ever. I’m saying if you’re making a consistent effort, let the rest go. It’s okay.
So look around mama. Take a deep breath. And accept. You’re doing your best and your best is awesome!