Dirty clothes. Toys. Breakfast dishes. Clean clothes. Lunch dishes. More toys. Craft projects. Multiple stacks of books. Dinner dishes. And on. And on. (And on).
These things scattered about our tabletops and floors fill our days. And we are thankful for them because they remind us that life is being lived in our homes. I’m sure you’ve heard before to be thankful for dirty clothes because they are soiled while our children are off having adventures; be thankful for dirty dishes because they mean that bellies are full from a meal (and hopefully good conversation) shared together around a table; be thankful for toys and crafts and books because they are signs of creativity and learning.
Even as we are thankful for all this proof of life in our homes, we don’t want to be overrun by it. The idea of a tidy home may be one that is scoffed at and written off as impossible with little children afoot. But it is possible.
I was never especially tidy growing up. It’s really only been the past few years that I have began to see what a difference a tidy home can make. It makes a difference to my husband. To my children. And to me.
A tidy kitchen is an invitation to cook.
A tidy bedroom is an invitation to relax.
A tidy living room is an invitation for toys to be spread out.
A tidy dining room is an invitation to linger over dinner with good company.
My children are (almost) 4, 2, and 4 months. They have lots of things. I love to cook and create. My husband is not lacking for stuff either. These are the steps that I take that help me to tame the mess. I hope they help you too.