I like a clean and orderly home, but I am sooooo not good at it. I used to get up before the kids and spend 2 hours every week day on cleaning & organizing, and it never felt like enough. This was in a small, 3 bedroom townhouse that we didn't live in long enough to clutter up. Ugh. Right now, I work on keeping the living room, entrance, & kitchen/dining room looking nice, and try to keep on top of the bathrooms. Bedrooms are OK; I generally make sure beds are made and nothing is on the floor, but we often have stuff on dressers & laundry waiting to be put away.
I struggle with decluttering. We homeschool, so the kids and I use our home during the day for all sorts of things. It seems like no matter how many bookshelves we have, there isn't enough room for everything and I end up stacking things. I like having games and toys and art supplies etc. on hand, but I hate having random containers around for me to toss the small pieces of things that I find but I don't want to bother putting them away right now, for instance. A minimalist approach in this area appeals to me, but I remember when we were moving and most of the toys and books were packed up; the kids ended up watching a lot
of tv/playing DS. It's difficult for me to find the right balance. I did make a little headway by boxing up the majority of the kids' toys just before this past Christmas, to make room for the new ones. That way they're not all just out, but I have access to a variety if the kids are getting bored.
[QUOTE=Just My Opinion;13988437]I love a clean house too. I too, hate those comments regarding playing with children. I typically get passive/aggressive statements like, "they are only young once and I don't want to waste my precious time on cleaning!" and things of that nature. As if it has to be an all or nothing thing.[/url]
I get the impression that there is lip service paid to this idea, but people still think you're slacking if your house is messy, so why bother saying it? And I find it easier to spend time with my kids if I'm starting wtih a tidy home.
Originally Posted by Just My Opinion
I think it does a service to dd, as she will be keeping her own home someday (whether partnered or single) and I want her to take pride in her home -- to value what she has been blessed with (even if she doesn't have a lot of money, we sure don't lol), to feel a sense of accomplishment and peace when her space is tidy and organized.
I totally agree. This is something I didn't get growing up, and it has made it very difficult for me to figure out the whole "caring for your living space" thing. It also makes it difficult for me to teach it to my kids, since I'm still struggling and learning.