“A place for everything, everything in its place.” Benjamin Franklin
“For fast-acting relief, try slowing down.” Lily Tomlin
I am sitting next to a pile of clean clothes that are just waiting to be folded and put away. There are days where I wish the laundry would just do itself, along with the house cleaning too. I know I am not alone in this thinking. Here ‘s a funny fact about me you may not know. When my husband and I first got married I was obsessed with cleaning and having everything in its place. I have always been like that, but I think the reason it was so magnified was that we lived in a 500 square foot apartment. A place that small only takes one thing out-of-place to feel like a mess. I also loved cleaning, probably the most when we lived there because it took a total of 45 minutes to clean, and that was a deep clean too. Gradually as we have moved to bigger places things have changed. I still love a clean home, I still believe everything has a place and it should be in that place. But, the intensity of it has changed. Having a child who is at the age that he is crawling around and wanting to explore also makes it hard to have everything in its place all day long. Now I keep things picked up as we go and put away the big toys at nap time and bedtime. I think it is safe to say that my husband would tell you its a good balance now. Before I used to get flustered over the clutter, which would make me go in my crazy cleaning mode often because I couldn’t relax. That perfectionist in me just couldn’t relax if our home wasn’t just right. Now, we have a clean home, things get put up as they go and I am able to sit back and enjoy family time instead of stressing over the things still needed to be put away. We all learn these lessons as we go. I learned over the years that life is too short to be stressed and obsessed over the imperfections. Its more important to enjoy the blessings of each day.