My house isn’t perfect. I achieve that about once a year and it lasts about 3.2 minutes.
Know what? I am okay with that.
Being home with your children means that your home is well used. We get more money out of our square footage than most people do daily. Because we really LIVE here and it sure does look like it most days. I didn’t used to have this relaxed attitude.
Steve would tell you that I used to be pretty picky about how the house “had” to be if it was to be considered clean. 20 years of marriage and 4 children will change you. I’ve learned to not sweat the small stuff and enjoy a “mostly” clean house.
Peace is so much more valuable than perfection.
Peace sooths, Perfectionism stresses.
Peace relaxes, Perfectionism screams.
Peace is contentment, Perfectionism is never happy.
Now I just have my MAIN 3 things to keep “Momma happy.”
1. Floor—swept—we have mostly tile & hardwood
2. Counters—cleared & wiped down—kitchen & bathrooms
3. Things in their places
We divide up the chores and share because there isn’t a cleaning lady coming to do the work. It helps to makes no one feel like a slave when we all work.
I used to do everything with that “poor me” attitude & I found it will kill the pleasure in a job accomplished every time. Now I won’t tell you that this change happened overnight. It has taken years of accepting & realizing that my highest calling is working in my home.
That said, the kids are learning the basics of keeping the house running because it is a life skill. From the beginning we’ve had them helping with dishes, cleaning, picking up and putting away. I think that is important or it is harder to teach when they are older. When they are little they want to help but that desire just isn’t there when they begin to see it is work.
So start young, work in small steps towards where you want to be & keep the peace while tossing the perfectionism!