Personally a mess makes me insane. When my house is a mess, my anxiety is higher. A clean house is a clean mind. At least that is how I feel. So at times like today when I wake up at 5:30 in the morning and cannot fall back to sleep. Cleaning cleanses the mind.
Now that doesn’t mean that I like cleaning. It is a chore. It is time consuming and I could be doing other things. But I am a mom to two young kids so cleaning is something that has to be done. They’re old enough to put their dirty clothes in the hamper or pick up their toys but not old enough to truly clean well. Like mopping. My oldest likes to think she’s helping by grabbing the swiffer but she really just misses a big chunk. However, she is trying to help so I let her. Little does she know that when she is distracted or has gone off to play, I go behind and get what she misses.
I read on Facebook, I am not sure how true it really is, that there is a scientific study that shows a cluttered house can cause anxiety. Or in my case, make anxiety worse. I can get pretty OCD when it comes to organizing. If you look at our closet, you would see that our clothes are hung based a certain way. colors with colors. Pants texture with similar texture. It seems a little harsh. or strange. But I like it.
However, there is nothing wrong with being a mess or having a messy house. This doesn’t make you a bad mom. And if anyone thinks it does is wrong. And should shut their mouths. Honestly. As a mom, we are allowed to do both. Be a mess and be a great mom. As a mom, we are the boo boo kissers, the clothes washer, the toy picker upper, the grocery shopper, the dinner cooker, the homework helper, the field trip chaperone. We are a jack of all trades. Because we do so much on a daily basis, somethings seem to fall to the sidelines. Sometimes we aren’t dressed to impress. Sometimes we’re wearing yoga pants. Personally, I love wearing my lazy pants. I don’t like jeans. They’re very restricting. Especially since I am on the move so much. Some days, I am on top of my game. Then there are days where I am a complete mess. But that doesn’t make me any less of a great mom.