Keeping up with my home is a constant struggle for me. Even though I clean once a week, with my crew I would have to vacuum, sweep and mop everyday to keep things looking clean. I found this on Pinterest and it totally describes my home:
I had been feeling really guilty about the state of my home, until I read a blog recently about this very subject.
Ruth Schwenk said,
"I truly want to show love to my family and others more than I want to care about what people think of my housekeeping skills–or lack thereof.
Truth is, I admire others’ beautiful, perfect homes, but have felt the most love in homes that were a lot less than perfect since I knew that those people loved us enough to show their real selves.
And my heart breaks to hear older women say that they wish they had spent less time cleaning and more time just loving their family and friends."
WOW! I have to be honest...I often don't invite people I don't know well to my home because I am embarrassed. There is junk stacked up behind the house by the barn waiting for my husband to haul off (It's been there for months....that's a whole 'nother story!) The carpet has stains that I promise I have shampooed and scrubbed, but they aren't budging. The ceiling has water stains from when it used to leak before we got the new roof. We have a sunroom that is still unfinished from our remodeling job. The under hang portion of the roof needs replacing and we still haven't put siding up on the room we added on the house 2 years ago....I could go on and on.
My house may never be on a dream home tour, but you cannot deny that it is full of love. Little handprints cover the windows and walls, colorful "creations" cover the refrigerator, toys cover the floors. Each carpet stain tells a story....like the one Emma made the other night with the red marker because she wanted to make "a pretty heart picture for Mommy."
Of course, I will still try to keep my house clean, but I need to remember that there are more important things in life than a perfect home! :)