There are a few sayings that go around every now and then about having a clean home when my children are grown and missing their fingerprints. I do see the point of that, I do. We need to cherish the days of messy projects, sticky fingers, and SLIME. For me and my house, we do all the fun things but end the day with a clean house.
There are a few reasons for this. First, it makes me happy. This keeps my anxiety at bay and I can be in a good space mentally to love on my family. I am a better mother and wife when physical and mental clutter is at a minimum.
Second, it teaches my children responsibility. We clean as a family. My spouse and I both work outside of the home, therefore, our time at home is sacred and limited. How we handle the limited time and the chores that need to be done, we divide and conquer. My children are 8 and 14 and can help with A LOT around the house! We typically spend about an hour a week – we put some music on and get our house cleaned.
Finally, I truly believe we rest better in a clear space. For us, physical clutter is a direct connection with mental clutter. The easier we can clear, the easier we can rest.
I know we all function differently, some of you may function best in the chaos and you do you! But if you are like me and NEED a clean house for your sanity but feel guilty – LET GO OF THE GUILT! Throw it out the window with all the dust bunnies!