I'm what you would call a busy person... not just normal busy, but BUSY. Eric says I don't have an "off switch". I go-go-go from the time my eyes open until I fall asleep at night, usually hours past bedtime. I
Since the beginning of May my house has been chaotic. Not just chaotic in the wedding planning/kids home for the summer/busy way, but really chaotic. I've had totes stacked up in my hallway, my craft room has become a half-packed disaster, my living room is continually filled with vintage items I'm pricing and sorting, my kitchen table is more times than not covered with projects and my bedroom is way too full trying to fit Eric's things into a room that was already full of my own belongings. Every time I think I'm getting a handle on it something else throws me a loop, like buying a camper to restore or having a bunch of extra kids stay with us we hadn't planned on. When my house is chaotic I feel chaotic.
Having your home in order is more than just wanting it to look pretty. Having an orderly home is essential for the well being of you and your family. If you are squished on one half of the table at dinner time because there is stuff piled on the other side are you really enjoying your meal? If you're wading through piles of stuff on the floor do you feel at peace or do you feel as cluttered as the room does? I am not a person who will ever have a spotless, museum-type house. I believe a home should be just that... a home. I think you need to live in a place people feel comfortable actually living in. But there should be order in your home.
When people come over to my house I find myself immediately spilling out excuses as to why things are so cluttered. It shouldn't be like that. Even though we have "good" reasons why things are cluttery right now, I'm embarrassed to have company over. I know my friends and family understand what's going on in our lives right now and my house isn't dirty, just full of projects we're in the middle of, but it bothers me... a lot. I'm not sure how people who live in messy houses on a daily basis, year after year function and maybe they don't. My house has only been out of order for a couple of months and I feel like my life is completely out of order.
I NEED my house to be a place of peace. I'm getting to the point now where I'm starting to get things back in order and I notice such a difference in my own attitude and that of my kids. I would strongly encourage anyone who is feeling like they're out of sorts to look at their house. I know when my house is in order I feel like my life is in order as well. I deserve a sanctuary from the stresses of life and so do you. What better place for that sactuary than your own home?