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Dirty Little Secret

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I’m not a neat freak by any stretch of the imagination. On any given day you can find my house fairly messy.  I clean it every single day, or at least have my little minions do the job.  But with nine people as busy as we…well…the white glove test…we would not pass.

If you come to my house I’ll welcome you in, whether it’s clean or not.  I’ll invite you into the kitchen.  The living room is usually passable if you don’t mind scooting the clean laundry aside to sit.  You can even use my bathroom if you check for toilet paper first and promise not to open the shower doors. You may wander into the garage, down to the basement and even look at my kids bedrooms.  Because you probably have kids too…and you are living my life.

But there is one place where I draw the line.  One place that if you even get near the handle, I get a little edgy.  One place that I treasure as my own little mess-nest.

Do not go into my bedroom.  Ever. It’s not clean.  It’s not organized.  And guess what?   I DON’T CARE!

This is what the man’s side of the bed looks like when he is at work. (they are clean)
Shhhh…he doesn’t know.
(yes, I made my headboard…and no, I won’t make you one for Christmas)
These guys live in my headboard and sometimes they crawl in the covers…
  I have a thing for yellow ducks…
And these guys live in the windowsill…and it’s no accident that there are eight.
There…I’ve given away my dirty little secret. I figured since I rat out everybody else…I may as well tattle on myself!


13 Responses to "Dirty Little Secret"
  1. CarolynC says:

    omg… your house is EXACTLY like mine!  Lived in and accessible.

  2. Julia B. says:

    Ha!  My bed looks the same most days.  A good friend of our came to change out some windows in our room and he said “How do you sleep with all that stuff on your bed”.  Well obviously we move most of it to the chair beside the bed and put it back  on the bed the next day.

  3. OMG My house is the same way.  I keep what i can picked up in the livingroom and kitchen but dear lord please don’t go in my room.  I’m a stay at home mom and full time student so i do what i can. My kids help sometimes and most the time i get over whelmed. 

  4. Jbost says:

    Let me tell you , your doing it just right!  A place that is home, your comfort is a place that is lived in.  I have been in homes that I was afraid to sit down for fear of messing something up.  But it didn’t feel like a home.  I only wish more people would spend the time with their children enjoying them and life as you do.  Some day they will all be grown and on their own and all you will have is that house to take care of.  Children grown oh too fast and all those years can be lost if your busy worrying about having everything in it’s place.  It took me a long time to realize that and 8 grandkids to finally get the picture!  My youngest granddaughter loves to come to Nana’s house.  And I eat up every second of her time.  Housework and yard work can wait till another day.  (Although she loves to work in the flower beds with me) But that is a learning experience and hopefully a memory for her not just me. Your doing it right!!

  5. Umm, which dwarf do you have 2 of?  Because that’s the sort of thing I wonder about….
    My housekeeping theory is the same, by the way.  😉

    • I have two of doc… 🙂  That’s the kind of thing I’d want to know too!  
      When Destini was a baby she had this set and she thought they were from Pinochio for some reason so she called them her ‘Nokios”  She LOVED them and played with them until they all died or became dog chew toys.  Eventually…all we had left was Doc.  A couple of years ago when at Disneyland, it was a big deal to get a new set.  Now our Nokios have a special place on the window sill…with the old Doc in charge. ha

  6. Guest says:

    So funny- and I can SO relate!

  7. ivynmyasmom says:

    THANK YOU!!!!  So often I visit friends whose houses seem eternally impeccable and I feel like a failure.  My mother is obsessively neat-freak-ish and harasses me constantly about my house being “unfit for children” because I might have laundry on the sofa or a stack of mail on the kitchen counter.  And my bedroom is, as yours, OFF LIMITS!  My messy, yet happy place.  Thanks for making me feel normal!!  🙂

  8. Joy says:

    Perfect Housekeeping is an exact science……………… I am into ART………….. Life it too short to worry about a bit of mess and some dust….. If you get a better offer go with it……. the house work will wait for you to come back….. it is eternally patient…..

  9. Stephanie in AK says:

    Sounds like my house, and there are only 4 of us LOL  😀

  10. Karla in Colorado says:

    Awwww the photos aren’t showing up!  :(((((

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