This Mess.

There is Chaos.

Disaster, distruction, mayhem.

Crayon on the walls, yogurt in the carpet. Piles of forgotten toys. Dust on the cabinets and windowsills.

In every direction, there is filth.

The dishes from last nights dinner are still on the table. A basket of clean laundry is forgotten by the stairs, left alone to wrinkle. A wet diaper has somehow missed the bin. How long has it been since someone vacuumed? Impossible to tell.

The mess is never-ending, overwhelming, unrelenting.

But within this mess, there is also joy.

Imagination, beauty, fun.

Smiles on faces, stains on shirts. Favorite toys dragged lovingly in every direction. Light streaming through dusty windows. Fingerprints and fingerpaints. A half empty sippy-cup. A sock with no mate.

Without a doubt, children live here.

The dishes must be washed… but they will wait. The laundry will keep, and the diapers will eventually find the bin.

The little hands, little voices, little faces; they will not last. Instead, the moments given and time taken freely, set aside from worry and stress will be remembered.

And no one will look back and care whether or not the house was truly clean.


I welcome and would love constructive criticism! Feel free to leave in comments. Thank you for reading!

  • Rebekah C

    I’m pretty sure you just described my home to a T. Well done. :)
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  • angela

    The eternal cycle of living with kids. Sigh. This is such a great direction to go with this prompt, because you are right that their childhood is short and laundry can always be done another day.

  • Erin

    Aww I just love this.
    THIS is how every home with little children should be. I refuse to worry about all of that, but like you said…childhood doesn’t last!
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  • Jaime

    Oh, I LOVE this! So, so true! Something I try to remind myself every day in my very dirty, very messy, very crazy house. Great piece.

  • emily bilbrey

    absolutely adore. you are wonderful. enjoy your babies! xoxoxo!!!
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  • Janus

    It still sounds like you’re doing a better job of housekeeping than I am.
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  • Andrea

    This is awesome! I love it! And my thoughts, exactly.

  • Mandyland

    What a fantastic reminder! My tables always need dusted. There are Legos in odd places and sippy cups have replaced nice wine glasses.

    Your post reminds me to see the beauty there.
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  • Cheryl @ Mommypants

    My first thought was, how did you know what MY house looks like?

    I do remind myself the dishes can wait, my babies can’t.

  • Pepca

    That’s a wonderful description and so true. In the end we always remember the beauty.

  • Leighann

    Love that baby at the top of your blog. Love.
    I love this post.
    It wad hard for me at first to let the messes go but now I am more relaxed about them. Your last line sticks with me, “And no one will look back and care whether or not the house was truly clean.”
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  • Jennifer

    I love the way this piece feels. I think every woman feels this way about their house sometimes and you are so right and so smart to know that no one will remember the messy house, they will remember their favorite toy and their mother’s love.
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  • Ashley

    Amen! So true. I think all of us Mommy’s can relate. Well put.
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  • Sarah

    I love this! So very true!
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  • Kelly

    This is awesome! You completely captured how important it is to put the kids first. Our house always has the “lived-in” look and I am ok with that. Pretty soon, they will be gone and I will have all live long day to make it sparkle!

    Thanks for this! :)
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  • Tisha

    A perfect description of a house well-lived in. Wonderful reminder that a clean house is NOT what the kids will look back on with fond memories when they grow up. Thank you!