How is it that we can live in a house and my family can't tell the difference between a clean house and a messy one?
I'm on a mission to figure out what they call clean!
I'm positive I am a broken record, "Make sure the house is picked up before bed." After last night I am beginning to think they aren't doing what I ask because they don't see what I see!
Yesterday was full of school for 5 kids, hair cuts for 5 boys, daughter to homeschool academy, one to work, dad over to visit, several loads of laundry, a couple of meals, and 2 different meetings for me and a quick run to the store before I get home. Crazy me, thought I would walk in at 10:00 and everything would be picked up after such a long day! WHAT was I thinking!
I have to admit I set myself up for disappointment! I walked in and literally had to breath in and out deeply to not throw a fit. I think I walked the house 3 times just shaking my head in disbelief! Not a soul in sight but just about every other thing was laying around!
Furniture has been moved around, several articles of clothing thrown about in EVERY room in the house, food left out, kitchen destroyed, cups sitting in every room (NOT supposed to leave the kitchen), school books out, xbox cords strung across the room, laundry falling out of the dryer, trash on the floor, blankets on the couch and in the hall, shoes here and there, and NOT a clean room to be seen ANYWHERE! I was standing there replaying how the house was before I left and what I asked my precious family to do.
I'm thinking to just put your stuff back is NOT a big deal (It is our New Years Resolution, that I MADE for our family...*snicker*!). I wasn't looking for deep cleaning, massive sorting the piles, or spend hours scrubbing. A simple "just pick your stuff up" before bed.
My husband comes out from laying down the little boys (YES, I am incredibly thrilled he got them to bed!!!) but he could tell I was feeling a little overwhelmed. As I say, "the house is a mess!" As my daughter and husband begin to look around, I could see their faces saying...what are you talking about?
So I tell them everything I see and then I ask them,
"Do you NOT see what I see?"
Now the conflict:
- I am sad they can't see what I see.
- Or maybe I should be glad they don't see what I see because they think our house is clean.
- SO if I could be just as blinded as they are, all would be well with my soul!
Until that moment:
I THINK I will have to find comfort that I am not the only mom with a family that cannot see what I see!