There is absolutely nothing written anywhere that says Moms who carry clean wipes and organize with twist ties and “label-able” baggies are better than Messy Moms. Yet, on many occasions, I have pondered this. Yes, life would be simpler if I were a more organized ziplock baggie-type of Mom, but would we be a happier family? Show me the studies that prove children raised in organized environments thrive and flourish and I might consider (though at 49 I am pretty sure it is far too late) changing my ways.
I mean, it isn’t as if nobody saw this coming: when we were dating, my husband recalls the “trail of shoes” in my little pink house – I liked it that way because I never knew what kind of “shoe mood” I would wake up in. Some people simply need to see their stuff to feel comfortable.
Ask any other Clutter Mom how they manage to run an organized household around so much “stuff” and you will get the same answer: “I know exactly where everything is and it makes perfect sense to me.” Just not anybody else!
My kids are teenagers now and my family pretty much knows “I Yam Who I Yam,” and they take responsibility for organizing their own stuff. In addition to my proclivity to create clutter, I also have disastrous handwriting. So much so that, on many occasions, my children would come home from school claiming the teacher accused them of “forging your Mom’s signature” on papers she had sent home. Sigh. For years, Isa re-wrote my grocery lists for me.
Instead of making life more difficult, I think my messy-leaning-habits have created a sense of acceptance, tolerance and love in my household. Put THAT in your labeled baggie and twist tie your opinions, ORGANIZED MOMMAS!
Because my children and household are F-I-N-E with their Messy Momma. I may not be able to whip out exactly what my children need at precisely the right time from my purse, like other Moms, but my kids always understood my struggle with organization and everybody managed to get by.
If you are reading this and have perhaps been feeling badly about your lack of organization, I urge you to to think a moment about whether anybody in your family would be happier or better off but for your personal failings. I always found the Organized Moms to be a tad boring, myself. And THAT’s how we ROLL………..
Ha! I love this. Yeah…I’m a total work-in-progress. I’m as cluttered and disorganized as they come. I do keep trying, though. I like the idea of being more organized, but I also know that I’ve never been accused of being boring. I get flustered in the moment of trying to find this that or the other, but I also know there are a million things I’d rather do than clean and organize my junk. . . so my kids know that’s just the way I am, and most days I like myself in spite of the dust bunnies and junk piles. I also like to think that I’m pretty creative and able to think fast when the need arises. And truthfully, many of my favorite people are pretty messy. I’ll trade clean cupboards for good conversation any day! 🙂
I WOULD AND HAVE AND WILL CONTINUE to trade anything clean for great conversation. I so appreciate your friendship and our “kinship”!! Happy Monday
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You’ve been absent! Lol
Today I had a about all I can take moment with my sister. Too much stuff, I will be happy to move into a tiny house this coming year.
Isn’t it nice to “unload”?!!! Happy New Year and best of luck to you.