I think I’m what you might call a “messy”. Or maybe housekeeping-challenged. I prefer to think that I have my priorities in order and frankly, having a spotless house isn’t one of them.
No, really, I don’t live in a pigsty. However, if you came to my house right now, you’d see toys scattered everywhere. You might see some dirt on the steps leading up from the door. You’d see some dirty dishes in the sink. You’d see some *clean* clothes, all folded, in baskets in the living room…just waiting to be put away. You would see 3 unmade beds.
And guess what – I’m ok with this. Some people aren’t. The very thought of dirty dishes in the sink causes them a lot of discomfort. However, I feel pretty good if you don’t feel crumbs under your feet in my kitchen and the bathroom is clean.
For me, there are just more important things to do than run around cleaning all day. Playing candy land (for the 10th time this week) with my son. Sitting on the floor and playing with my baby. Reading great books that help me grow spiritually. Writing this post.
Sometimes I feel guilty that my house isn’t as “clean” as some of my friends’ houses. But that’s just not me. I figure if I expended all the effort to be that “clean”, then I’d feel guilty that I wasn’t spending enough time with my kids.
In an effort to get some new ideas on how to strike a balance, I bought a book of tips on how to clean your house quickly. Some were good and helpful, but some, I thought were bordering on the obsessive.
The book suggested I soak my dishrags in bleach daily. Are you kidding me? I have never done this. Actually, I usually use handi-wipes and just toss them when they look gross. So I’m wondering if people actually do this. Is this something that everyone does but me? Did I seriously miss out on an important part of housekeeping by not taking home economics in school? Am I living in filth? Are some of my friends, after reading this, going to shy away from eating at my house?
What do you think? And where do you fall on the housecleaning scale (1 being a true “messy” and 10 being a “obsessed with clean”)? I’d say I’m about a 5.