Monday, January 16, 2006

Kids and clean don't mix

Who doesn't like a nice, clean house? I sure do, especially one that is comfortably clean, as opposed to one that is so spotless and orderly you don't want to sit down and mess anything up. As much as I love a neat house, I don't have one. There are several reasons:

1. Kid #1
2. Kid #2
3. Their daddy
4. I have to work
5. I give up!

Although I was never one of those people who had to have the house spic-and-span 24 hours a day, I had to lower my standards quite a bit once I became a mother. I have come to realize that there is no way to have a house that is put together all the time.

My married-but-childless sisters have immaculate houses and follow my children's every move with a dishrag and a mop. Sometimes I just want to scream, "Stop it! It's impossible!" but I don't. I remember the desire to have a spotless house back in the days before motherhood, so I just keep my mouth closed.

At other times I just want to blurt out, "Relax. Let the kids be kids. Don't run after them all the time." But then I realize that if they don't wipe up after their every step, their house will look like mine! Nobody wants that, especially not the way it is right now after me being sick for a couple of days.

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2 comments:

bahamaslady said...

I have to agree with you! Before I became a mother I always wanted and neat and clean house. My husband and I would get into arguments because he would not help me clean up. Now....it is a whole new story! He is now scolding me to clean up the house! :)

bahamaslady (Tonya)

smbwallace said...

Big LOL! That IS bad! I expect the same thing one of these days!