Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Clutter is Poetry

"Clutter is the poetry of our homes.
It is an intimate view that is not always perfect ~ a few dishes in the sink, books piled next to the bed.  Everything in its place may give a certain satisfaction, but a lived-in room exudes comfort and warmth." 

~ Mary Randolph Carter ~

I'll be the first to admit that my home will never be completely perfect.  There's always something, somewhere that is in need of washing, sorting, folding, sweeping... I could go on, but you know what I mean.

Odds are, your home is like mine.  You might not have small children or a husband, but that really doesn't matter.  Every day brings new challenges to face, and messes to clean.

It's easy to feel overwhelmed... if you're striving toward the wrong goal.  How important is achieving and maintaining perfection?  What sacrifices are you willing to make to get there?  Oh, and the quote at the top?  It came from a book with the title:  A Perfectly Kept House Is the Sign of a Misspent Life.

A misspent life.  You've probably heard the saying, time is money.  Time is priceless.  You can't pay anyone to go back in time, not even for an instant.  Don't let precious time with the ones you love and care about slip away because you 'need' to clean.  I'm not saying give up cleaning, just do it when it doesn't take away from your time with others.

Don't worry, the dishes and laundry will wait for you...

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