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Some real-ness, in the form of a messy office

Soo, yesterday I talked about how I’m going to make more of an effort to let you see more of the messy, imperfect parts of my life, and I thought today would be a good day to start that!

Some of you have wondered how I manage to keep my house “so neat and clean” (which is funny to me because I don’t remember posting much in the way of pictures of my house).

I like to have a clean house, this much is true. A neat, simple, uncluttered environment makes me feel happy and at peace.


A tidy living room, decorated in neutral colors.

But the fact of the matter is, because I have four young-ish children who are home with me all the time, keeping things perfectly neat all the time is nigh onto impossible.

I do manage to keep parts of my house neat and clean, so it’s sort of rare for the entire house to be a mess. But it is equally rare for the whole entire house to be clean at one time.

Quite honestly, I think the last time my dwelling place was completely neat top-to-bottom was 5 years ago when we were selling our townhouse, and it took a solid week of work (and schlepping the kids off onto my mom!) to get it that way.

So, while my living room often looks the way it does in the above picture, other areas of my house usually do not.

Most often, the messiest place in my house is my office. For some reason, I just cannot manage to keep this room consistently clean. Want to see? I snapped some pictures yesterday before I undertook a massive cleanup effort.

(I apologize for the poor lighting and blur in these pictures. My office is super dark, and I think I screwed up a focus setting. I’m still learning how to use my new camera body!)

My scrapbooking desk.

A messy metal desk.

The office closet.

A messy, cluttered closet

General chaos.

A view of a disorganized office

More of the same.

A messy room with green walls.

Piles of old laptops that need to be sold on Ebay (they’re broken/missing parts, and the company my brother works for was getting rid of them).

Broken laptops, waiting to be sold.

More general mess.

A tiled room with two bar stools in the middle.

I’m happy to report that the office is in MUCH better shape now than it was yesterday (I can shut the closet doors again, for one thing!), but I am sure that it is only a matter of time before it degenerates into messiness again.

I’m pretty sure that my very-neat grandmother (who subscribes to my blog via email) has fainted after seeing all of my mess, and maybe some of you have too!

But, I hope that this post helps to wipe away any notion you had about me being a perfect housekeeper or me having it all together. I live a real life with 4 real children, and whether or not I like it, messes just have to be a part of my life right now.

One day, if all goes well, my kids are going to leave home, and I’m pretty sure my house will be a lot neater and a lot cleaner then.

But I’m also pretty sure that I’m going to fiercely miss those mess-making people of mine, and that’s what I try to remind myself of when I’m stepping over craft supplies and crayons and legos and papers.

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Wednesday 2nd of June 2010

What it is about offices? They're alway my worst spot too. It's worse at work because what I do there is creative and the "mess" has to stay out till it has populated my brain (which can be a while), whereas what I do at my home desk is routine paperwork that can be filed/tossed/shredded immediately.

I don't consider your messy photos to be negative. It would be negative to talk all the time about how whiny your kids are. It's just real life to talk about how your house is not always tidy. Do you feel your food waste photos are negative? Maybe messy room photos will become like food waste photos - a public accounting and a history of improvement.


Tuesday 1st of June 2010

love those pics. i love uncluttered spaces too. but full time job and a 4 year old means that doesnt happen much here either. most of time, my house is that general chaos you had.

i agree that one day when 4 year old is gone, the house will be spotless because i'll be so bored without her. now, i like the general chaos because it reminds me i have all the time in the world to clean later. now, i'd rather be with her.

thanks for posting


Tuesday 1st of June 2010

I say never let orderliness get in the way of creativity! When I was a professional artist, the studio was a disaster zone even though my house was pin-perfect. But I knew where stuff was, and I didn't want to lose the groove by slowing down to pick up! When a project was done, then I cleaned. My workroom is the least organized room in the house right now, followed by the shared office. But we manage, and it isn't unsanitary! If you can still find the children, then it's not out of control.


Tuesday 1st of June 2010

I have to say that I'm still incredibly impressed how clean you manage to keep the rest of your house - especially with 4 kids and light-colored carpet!! You do a great job! And I've never got the impression from reading your blog that you're perfect --- your attitude is always great and very real.


Tuesday 1st of June 2010

Oh, there are spots on my carpet, trust me! The living room has been recently steam-cleaned, though.

We do have a no-food-on-the-carpet rule and we always take our shoes off indoors, though, so those two things help a lot.


Tuesday 1st of June 2010

Do you actually use those Knifty Knitter looms that are on the floor in the closet? lol I have a set that I haven't touched in years and should probably get rid of them.


Tuesday 1st of June 2010

Lisey received those as a gift, but they came with no instructions! I need to go online and figure out how to use them.

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