As many of you know, I like things fairly neat and tidy. And I like things to be orderly and clean.
As many of you also know, it's hard to have all these things when you have small children!
List's and cleaning schedules all look terrific and tidy kept on paper. But how are they looking in real life? Early this Spring, I shared with you all my cleaning schedule and how it looked on paper. I had certain days to do certain chores so that by the end of the week, it was all accomplished. It looked pretty good if I do say so myself! And for a time it really worked well. But then, enter in a crawling baby getting into everything, summertime outdoor adventures and kids who are playing more on their own these days (but also creating terrific messes in the process) and cleaning lists become less and less of a reality in every day life. For now. For the here and now I am happy if the toys are picked up, beds are made, the dishes done and the laundry washed! (and of course meals on the table are a must as well. ;) )
For now, my floors are not spotless.
For now, my bathrooms are not always spic and span.
For now, cupboards aren't always kept in perfect order.
For now, bed sheets don't get washed every week.
For now my windows bear smudge marks.
For now my house is not in perfect order.
But. It's Not Forever.
It's but for a little while.
In time, as my children grow and mature, I can hand my son the mop and have him clean the tile. I can give my oldest daughter the vacuum and she can vacuum the carpets. I will be able to give my littlest one a dusting cloth to clean the furniture. Meanwhile, I will be able to tackle the windows and clean out the cupboards. We will be able to work together to scrub down those dirty bathrooms. All in time. In the blink of an eye, we'll be there.
Even a year can bring alot of changes.
It's not forever.
Definitely an important thing to remember.