As mothers and young wives, we are often obsessed with cleaning and organizing and making sure our house looks good enough to entertain guests at any given time. But sometimes, that’s not what it takes to make a home REALLY a perfect home for our family.
Our homes are to be a resting place, a refuge for all members of our families; a place where we can be ourselves and relax a bit, the place where we are the most comfortable in all the world. Does a perfectly clean house always cater to that?
Here is an excerpt from a post I read recently, written by Emily Walker of Remodeling This Life:
“I was home alone. No husband, no kids. Just me. It was quiet – too quiet. And lonely – too lonely. They went on a two week trip together to end the summer before school started and had the time of their lives while I stayed home and went to work and held down the fort at home.
For the past five days now since their return, my home has been chaos. Unpacked suitcases with clothes spilling out of them on bedroom floors, toys dragged out from the tidy playroom and spread all over the living room – perfect for tripping on. Clutter all over the coffee table and counters. Dirt on the rugs from summer feet running through. A blanket fort built across the living room.
My home was perfect when there was no one in it but me. It was boring and there was very little life being lived in it.”
Hop on over here to read the rest of her post.
Maybe it’s time we start letting go of the cleaning and straightening and fussing, and just take some time to enjoy our children while we still have them. After all, how do we want them to remember us when they are 30? Do we want them to see us as an obsessive cleaning freak with no time for her kids, or as a loving mother who was always present and helped create fun memories for them?
I think I need to start rearranging my priorities… how about you?