A fine mess – part 2

The clutter levels at home seem to have risen to epic levels, and I’ve reached the point at which I tend to get freaked out. The clutter exists for mostly good reasons, and I’m a firm believer in a life well lived over a house well cleaned, but I have my limits. In truth, I crave a certain order, although I certainly never want to feel that I live in a magazine spread (though I bet it would feel great for a weekend!).

Red bench with boxes and general household mess

A clean house is the sign of a misspent life. Author Unknown

Messy kitchen island

A man builds a fine house; and now he has a master, and a task for life: he is to furnish, watch, show it, and keep it in repair, the rest of his days. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Living room coffee table covered in camping gear

Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing. Phyllis Diller, Phyllis Diller’s Housekeeping Hints, 1966

Hallway with pillow fluff scattered by dog

Please don’t feed the dust bunnies. Author Unknown

If I take stock from these pictures, they are good reminders that we are busy doing good and interesting things, but I could not rest this evening until I’d spent a good 90 minutes just blitzing all of the clutter seen in these pictures, taken last evening.

Does anyone else take small comfort from the quotes that I’ve shared here when the clutter threatens sanity and general well-being? Is your threshold for chaos generally low, high or somewhere in the middle? Of all these quotes, I do believe that Ms. Diller’s is the most spot-on (certainly for where I am in my life), and it’s something I remind myself of almost daily. Although I love this closing quote almost as much.

My theory on housework is, if the item doesn’t multiply, smell, catch fire, or block the refrigerator door, let it be. No one else cares. Why should you? Erma Bombeck

9 thoughts on “A fine mess – part 2

  1. Love the quotes. My mum owned all of Erma Bombecks books at one point – she was a wonderfu humourist. I do find that living with all these other people (and animals) in the house does not make it easy to keep the clutter at bay. I’d miss them if they weren’t here, but there are days…

    1. Erma Bombeck was a neat lady. And I’m with you on the people and animals: I remind myself daily that I’d be lonely and much less rich without them, and it almost makes it tolerable!!

    1. Thank you! I do love my island; until two years ago I always had poky kitchens with barely any counter space, so I’m really thankful to have it.

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