My inspiration for this record of my days:

“The biggest mistake I made [as a parent] is the one that most of us make. . . . I did not live in the moment enough. This is particularly clear now that the moment is gone, captured only in photographs. There is one picture of [my three children] sitting in the grass on a quilt in the shadow of the swing set on a summer day, ages six, four, and one. And I wish I could remember what we ate, and what we talked about, and how they sounded, and how they looked when they slept that night. I wish I had not been in such a hurry to get on to the next thing: dinner, bath, book, bed. I wish I had treasured the doing a little more and the getting it done a little less” -Anna Quindlen

Sunday, February 21, 2010

A Dirty House

There are some very real advantages to having a house as messy as mine is.

I can wake up every morning and think, “What do I feel like doing today?” And my options are endless.

Am I in a floor-mopping mood? Those results would be very satisfying. Feel like doing some laundry? I can find an endless supply. Does dusting peak my interest? That could keep me occupied ALL day! AND it would be ready to do again tomorrow!

Straightening, scouring, organizing… it’s all there at my fingertips.

Plus… if ever I choose to take the day off to read an entire book, (which I admittedly do, on occasion,) no worries. All of those chores will be waiting right where I left them. They can’t really get much worse, and they certainly won’t get any better while I’m gone!

Surely you can see the genius in my housekeeping strategy!

Now, what to do with my day tomorrow… scour the bathroom? Clean out the fridge? Re-organize the pantry? I’ll have to wait to see which mood strikes me in the morning!


  1. Ah...this is my life everyday...thankfully you have some older ones to help you out right? Have you heard the saying..."Shoveling the walk while it is still snowing, is like cleaning the house when children are growing...."

  2. Now that's the way to do it! I'll have to keep that in mind while my son's throwing all the clothes I just folded all over the floor and over the banister!