Monday, January 7, 2008

De-bunking the Myth



Thoreau wrote, "The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation." I know that I do. Over the weekend, I found myself endlessly complaining that my late-night blog surfing had begun to put me in a "desperate" funk...desperate to live in a squeaky clean house with my squeaky clean children. Because, apparently, that is exactly how most wives and moms live! After whining to my sister that my new hobby of blog surfing has made me feel less than adequate, she turned to me with an "are you that stupid?" look and quickly pointed out that nobody puts pictures up of their "messy" lives. Well, I am here to air my dirty laundry(literally) and to de-bunk the myth. Today's forecast of rain has forced me to tackle the disaster that my home has become...a toy room that I cleverly explain to guests is "in the middle of re-organization" , unmade beds (are there really people who actually make their bed every day?), unfolded laundry (who needs a laundry basket when you've got a couch), and Christmas toys still in the living room 2 wks later (I think the toys are actually afraid to make the dangerous trek to the "scary" toy room to live for eternity in the fisher-price abyss, never to be seen again.) Yes, my life is messy. I will skip doing dishes to play Battleship with my 6yr old and I will save baths for another day so the kids can dig for worms in the mud ...and because I am desperate to make myself feel better, I will conveniently assume that all moms are less perfect than they appear!








6 comments:

Keri said...

I love it!! That is so what my house would look like if I didn't have such a clean freak of a husband! I definitely realized that after being off for 2 weeks & really trying to keep my house clean, that it really is never clean if you are actually trying to live in it! I love your honesty!

Anonymous said...

Sara,

Making the bed is highly overrated. I only make mine if a visitor who actually might ask to "see the house" is coming over. Other women in my age bracket have done what I do ~ hire a cleaning lady. If I "keep up" with household tasks, that's how I do it. I've found the best kind of cleaning to be the theraputic kind... e.g., when my mind feels cluttered, I clean out a closet or a drawer. You don't need to feel bad or guilty for not being the Queen of Clean. Keep being #1 Mom for your wonderful children. Now that's something to really be proud of... xo Catherine

Nicole said...

I'm a friend of Keris and got to your blog through hers...
Just to make you feel better, there is a perpetual pile of clothes taking up the entire chair in my bedroom, and found myself rummaging through it today for a pair of yoga pants...thinking to myself "this is ridiculous". I self proclaim myself as utterly disorganized, so I'm right there with you!

Melissa said...

Isn't it crazy who you run into in the blogging world? How the heck are you? Your kids are so dang adorable as is your blog. I am so sorry about your mom. She was such a neat lady. I hope it gets easier somehow.

Amanda said...

I love it Sara- my house is the same and I get so frustrated but I guess not enough to do anything about it half the time. Love the pictures

Yve said...

Such a cute blog... My place is perfect...unless you count the closets...and the trunk of my car! You seem to be a wonderful mom...just like your mom.

Yve Horowitz