There are many sayings to the effect of you can have happy children or a clean home but not both. I think there is some truth in that in a small way. Right now, I have gymnastics mats that have been made into a large track circling my kitchen counter and the children run “P.E classes” all day on and off complete with laps and push ups and sit ups. Eventually the mats will have to be cleaned up so I can mop my floor, but I can live with it for a few days. There is a 2000 piece puzzle on my dining room table that most likely will sit there for some days. However, the rest of the house is clean and tidy. The laundry is done and folded and put away. We have food in the refrigerator and I know what we are going to make for our meals.
This is for me. An ordered home that reflects beauty and peace mirrors how I feel inside. I am a very visual person, and therefore I find that for me, it is easier on me to keep my home clean and orderly for my own mental health. When everything is strewn everywhere and dirty, I cannot focus on anything else. I live here all day, and it has to reflect a certain something of myself and what we value as a family. We value love, and one way we love and nourish each other is to have a home that is livable, where food and clean clothes and cleanliness is apparent.
There has been some studies that suggest cluttered homes actually equate with depression and that clutter in and of itself can make us feel more anxious.
I have come to the conclusion after many years of homemaking, that the foundation of parenting (and homeschooling) is homemaking. It may be tiresome to Continue reading