Be the Change You Want to See

by Christine@TheAums on January 28, 2011 · 5 comments

It’s been a while since we’ve had the usual overnight guests, parties, or visits from grandparents, so needless to say, I haven’t cleaned my house.  It’s hard to motivate when there is no impending event forcing me to go on a crazy cleaning spree!  But the current state of my house really has me thinking…wouldn’t it be nice to have a clean house for just my immediate family to enjoy once in a while? My kids are so used to asking, “Who’s coming over? Are we having a party?” when they see me break out the vacuum cleaner. Sad but true.

If it makes you feel any better, take a video tour of my house BEFORE cleaning.  Starring, in order of appearance: Pacifier Baby, PJ-wearing Bubblegum-chewing Girl, Laundry Pile #1, Crusty Old Smoothie Cup, Empty Can of Chili, Dried Up Ice Cream Puddle, Sink Full of Dishes, Unflushed Toilet, and Laundry Piles #2 and 3!

It’s not that I don’t have expectations for us to pick up after ourselves.  The daily basics usually get done on a daily basis i.e. load the dishwasher, put some toys away, throw yet another load in the laundry. Lately though, I’ve noticed that some of the messiest places in the house are completely my own spaces…as in the 4 kids I usually use as an excuse, don’t really have anything to do with the mess.  Take my bathroom counter for instance:

It’s a good thing you can’t see the floor!
…or try my bed, where my nightly ritual is to push onto the floor everything that I piled on it throughout the day, only to pile it back on in the morning, and then some.
This was taken on a ‘good’ day.
So, I’ve decided to add a new quote to my Cork Board of Inspiration:
I want to see a clean house on a semi-regular basis. But how can I harp on my family about cleaning their messes when I allow myself to let mine go? The hypocrisy is so thick you could cut it with….some elbow grease?  That is why I am putting yet another goal out to the world, hence forcing helping me be accountable: I want to get on top of my personal messes and be a shining example to my children- who will naturally follow my lead and learn how good it feels to take care of your personal space and belongings, to not procrastinate and wait until the clutter and mess are out of control, to be…dare I say, responsible human beings. Ok, maybe I just want them to see what a bathroom counter actually looks like. Making the bed is next!

**P.S. I wanted to take an “AFTER” video, but passed out after cleaning the entire day…woke up to find that life and messes keep on going…

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

stephanie January 29, 2011 at 12:45 pm

Yikes girl! Well, pjs in the afternoon is a good way to cut down on laundry, that's what I tell myself anyway. :)


Celia January 29, 2011 at 3:36 pm

sounds like you need an Au Pair but maybe an Old Pair like grandma and grandpa to visit more often.
We volunteer any time we are needed


Giselle February 1, 2012 at 4:07 pm

Im new to this “Blogger Mom” deal & I came across yours thru Ado’s momalog. Normally I dont leave comments, but this post was AWESOME, lol. I thought I was the only messy mom out there, but by reading mom blogs I have realized that Im more the rule than the exception to it (im surrounded by women who are neat freaks & keep their houses spotless & I cant figure out how they do it, so I tend to be always embarrassed by the state of my house). I have made the resolution to keep my house cleaner more times than I can count & I only have 2 kids (an almost 3 yo & an almost 30 yo, lol). You’d think my house would stay cleaner!
I know its not what you want to hear, some stranger telling you her house is as messy as yours & she admires you for it, but from what I’ve read so far, yes your house is messy, however you have happy, “well-behaved”, awesome children who know very well how loved they are by their parents & in the end, isnt that what all parents want?
It probably sounds like Im just trying to justify myself for being messy, but if I invested as much time in tidying up as the women I know who are neat freaks, I wouldnt be able to spend as much time concentrating on my son as I now do.

So yah, love your blog! Keep it up!


Christine@TheAums February 2, 2012 at 11:46 pm

Hi Giselle! So are you new as in new to reading, or do you have a blog? Please send me the URL if you do! Really, I love strangers appreciating my messy house, so I’m really glad you left a comment. And while I don’t have advice for your 30 year old…I just want to give you hope for your 3 year old because today I taught my 7 year old how to vacuum and he loved it! Just think, the same messes get made day in and day out, it never really changes…but your son is growing and changing every single day, so how can you not concentrate on him?


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