My Messy House

Well, the title of this post kinda gave it away.  These are photos of my messy house I took Saturday morning following a {successful} week of homeschooling.  I *always* intend on working my rear off on Friday nights to get it all clean before Saturday so we can all relax…but alas, that never happens.  Here are some things you need to know about last week’s schedule so that you may better understand the mess:

  • No one was sick
  • We covered all subjects in a normal amount of time
  • The baby took all his naps
  • Everyone was in a good mood
  • The weather has been COLD here in Texas and we’ve been inside a lot.
  • I don’t have a maid

Why do you need to know those things?  It really doesn’t sound like anything special, does it?  It’s not.  It’s normal.  And that, my friends, is why I share.

I’m 29 years old and in very good health…praise Jesus for that!  My boys are normal, messy, don’t wanna clean up kinda kids.  My husband works hard and then helps on a daily basis with chores around the house.  Even with everyone helping, and me running my spandex tail off from sun-up to sun-down, the house STILL looks like this.  There are flashes of clean (like this time), but this crazy, messiness, has become the norm.

Maybe I’m doing something wrong.  Maybe I should scream and yell and not let them touch anything.  Maybe  I shouldn’t sit on the couch with my husband in the evening or blog when I feel the Spirit move me.  Maybe I should be cleaning….organizing…..preparing.  Maybe.  I don’t know.

I know this is a season.  It won’t be this way for ever.  However, I do realize that these messy days make me celebrate the little victories when they come.  An empty laundry basket.  A *patch* of un-sticky floor.  A toilet seat with no pee on it.  I revel in those little gifts of clean.  Why?  Because it doesn’t stay clean for long.

So, if you’re feeling like everyone has it allllll together, except for you, let me set it straight, sister.  They don’t.  Before you come over, they KILL themselves to get it looking nice (Read my post about that here).  If they don’t do that, their kids are either older or at mother’s day out.  Or…..they have a maid.  Which, nearly everyone I know does.  So, don’t beat yourself up.  It’s normal.  And if it’s not, don’t tell me….mmmmk?

Enjoy.

To be folded….

Books that were never put away. A bed that was never made. Moving on…

That’s a banana and a Mr. Potato head on our school desk. I don’t know why.

This cow lost her horn earlier this week due to the 3 year old. The 1 one year old finished her off this morning.

Why is my house so messy

When you call my cell phone, no matter what time of the day it is, and you ask, “Whatcha doin’?” I’ll reply, “the dishes..”. I do dishes all day. 4 loads in the dish washer is an average.

The toy area. And a banana. I have come to hate bananas.

Random things on floor. I’m calling gummy vitamin and raisins on this one.

Laundry. In the kitchen. Yep.

Those Christmas cards you had custom printed? That’s them. I’m sorry.

Didn’t you hear? Toothpaste is the new Windex.

There you have it.  Life.  We’re a happy, messy little family.  I hope you’ll stick around and join me on my homeschooling journey.

 

Comments

  1. It’s so nice to see someone else’s bed piled with clothes to fold & a sink full of dishes. I only have 1 child to homeschool & she is 10th grade but I feel like I never catch up! But I’ve decided that I only have a few years before my sweet daughter leaves for college & I want to spend that time making memories with her

  2. Looks like HOME to me 🙂 , especially with the banana peels everywhere! Why do they do that? . Anyway, You have me beat! I noticed YOUR bed was made! God Bless

  3. Thanks for sharing the real side of homeschooling!!! I have 4 kids 9&under and 3 that are school age. Very little gets done around here. I find the moments when the school is done, the youngest resting, and all seems at peace are the times when I want to just veg out and breath… I don’t want to tackle laundry, dishes, or the million other things that are waiting for me. It is always nice to see that I am to alone.

  4. I completely understand this mess and what it is like to feel this way. We just started homeschooling a month ago and I am still trying to feel through everything. I get very overwhelmed by the mess.
    I recently wrote a post about this very topic. http://lemonlimeadventures.com/keepin-real/

  5. Thank You! Thank You for being real, authentic and honest! I love you and don’t even know you!!! I really needed to see these pictures. My house is a disaster 24/7 and I thought it was just me. We just started homeschooling at the end of October and I have been really struggling to accept the new normal and it is so hard to see piles of stuff everywhere. Thank You again!!

  6. So glad to see I’m not the only one who’s house looks like this. I am not alone 🙂 Thank you!!!!

  7. THANK YOU, THANK YOU for making me feel “normal”! I really do have this mindset that every other homeschool mom keeps her house much neater than mine, that every other homeschool mom educates her children better than I educate mine and just in general that I’m a slacker and I’m not good enough as a mother and a wife. I have 3 little ones, 2 of which I homeschool- the other is just a little bitty one. I’ve recently been diagnosed with MS. Thank the Lord my health has been stable since my diagnosis, but for the past year, I’ve had at least 4 to 5 doctor appointments each month, so I constantly feel like I’m playing catch up. And I never get fully caught up. I get so frustrated feeling like I’m only “surviving” and not “thriving”.

  8. I totally needed to see these!!! Thank you for being real & transparent!!!

  9. It’s so nice to see we are not alone, isn’t it? I always stress about the house but then I remember hey, we are all happy and healthy and we homeschool as well so that is more important than a perfect house! 🙂

  10. Jennifer S says:

    THANK YOU!!! I get so frustrated with the condition of my house and feel like I’m not keeping up. I love that I’m not the only one with schmootz all over the floor, toys strewn all about, and laundry that never seems to end. 🙂

  11. Thanks. Just… Thanks. 🙂

  12. Sandra King says:

    I needed to see this today… thanks so much!!! I thought I was the only one 🙂

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