From Messy Mom to Pristine Parent

If I thought I was feeling run down and grotty after a week of both Pickle and I being plagued with various maladies, it’s nothing compared to how the house must be feeling. I make no attempts to conceal the fact that I’m far from being a domestic goddess (picture the opposite) so if I’ve not even done the little bits I usually do, the mess and grime is just compounded even further and it makes for a very sorry sight. I’ve reached the point where I really want to turn things around. And I know I’ve said this before, and I’ve made half-arsed attempts… but this time, I mean it. I’m on a mission.

Messy Lounge Why am I so Untidy?

I often sit back and try to analyse exactly what my problem is. Why can’t I keep my house tidy and clean like other people? What’s stopping me from achieving that? It’s easy to blame it on things out of my control: if we had a dishwasher, the washing up wouldn’t be as bad… if we had a tumble dryer, there wouldn’t be as much washing everywhere… if Pickle wasn’t into everything, there wouldn’t be so much explosive mess at the end of the day… but the truth of it is, I am just quite lazy. And I prioritise other things over tidying. I have never made it part of my daily routine.

Cute Baby in front of Mess

I guess there’ll be two types of people reading this. The first type will look at me like I’m some kind of monster. Wondering how on earth I could live my life like this and be flabbergasted by my slimy living conditions. You may be surprised! A lot of people who have only ever seen me outside of my home are shocked to discover how untidy I am. It’s not what they expect! Apparently I give off the impression of being quite organised and ‘together’ but… it’s all a facade, I’m afraid.

The Kitchen is always so messy!

The second type is the one I’m hoping will sympathise with me. You’ll be looking at these photos thinking, oh thank God there’s someone else out there like me. I really hope there are people out there like me. Please say hello if you are. At one point, I thought everyone lived their life like this – and that it was normal to only run around your house like a loon hiding the mess in whatever cupboards and cubbyholes you can cram stuff into when your Mother in Law was due round, but apparently it’s not. Most people manage to keep their houses in a presentable way most of the time. I think I’m in the minority, not the majority…

Cleaning with Seventh Generation new blog category

Whether you think I’m disgusting or not, welcome to a new category of posts on this blog. The Cleaning category. A way for me to document and motivate myself along this journey of self discovery from Messy Mom to Pristine Parent. Yeah, they may not be the most thrilling or exciting of posts – certainly not as dramatic as my day volunteering for the Fire Service – but I’m hoping that by publicly shaming myself, it’ll get me on track. Right, now I’m off to continue watching Cleaning videos on YouTube for further inspiration…

13 Comments

  1. September 29, 2017 / 1:52 pm

    I tend to let my house go a lil sometimes, but setting cleaning time or days aside has really helped. Good luck!

  2. September 30, 2017 / 5:48 pm

    I am the second kind of parent -not judging you, we’ve all been there! x

  3. September 30, 2017 / 5:48 pm

    I am the second kind of parent -not judging you, we’ve all been there! x

  4. October 1, 2017 / 8:13 am

    We all have good and bad days. Often our house is a little chaotic but it’s nice to get it under control.

  5. October 1, 2017 / 11:19 am

    Much to my parents despair my house will never be a show home. We are too busy making memories and having fun. My favourite quote is “cleaning the house when the kids are growing is like shovelling snow whilst its still snowing” = we don;t live in a hovel mind, and its clean but I don’t worry too much – half an hour a day keeps it ticking over

  6. October 1, 2017 / 7:43 pm

    I am obsessed with Seventh Generation products! I hadn’t heard of them until recently but they are great and really do make life easier! I’m definitely a messy mama though, even with these to help!

  7. October 1, 2017 / 10:29 pm

    Awww well done you Hun. Don’t worry your not alone I will admit I’m lazy too when it comes to cleaning well and forgetful lol. Good on you thou for making a change.

  8. October 1, 2017 / 11:37 pm

    Our house is so untidy, we have clutter everywhere. Every so often we have a big blitz but it is so hard to find time as Zach can’t be left unattended for a second

  9. October 2, 2017 / 12:38 pm

    It’s pretty difficult to keep things tidy when there is a baby in then house. I’ve had to tell my sister to stop stressing about it so many times over the last two years!

  10. October 2, 2017 / 9:45 pm

    It’s so hard to keep on top of everything, my house now looks like a launderette with all the washing, and I’m I am surrounded with paperwork! How does it mount up so quickly?!

  11. October 5, 2017 / 5:16 pm

    I have to try so hard to keep my house tidy, and I don’t have kids yet! I try to stick to a routine and a find doing a little bit each day really helps but I go through phases of the place been a bit messy! It get me down when it’s messy though!
    I wish I had a dishwasher and tumble dryer too sometimes but I don’t know if they would make it any easier it’s just a different job to add to the list!

    Good luck!

    Helen
    xx

  12. October 6, 2017 / 12:23 am

    Omg yes I’m exactly like you!! I’m not alone, thank god!! :’) I’m definitely going to keep up with these posts, as I’d love to become more tidy too!

    Sarah | http://www.justbuttonsblog.co.uk

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