I have a dilemma when it comes to house keeping: on the one hand, I really like things to be clean, and on the other, I hate cleaning.
- Why do I feel the need to clean when people come over? Am I afraid of them seeing my mess?
- If my house is always a mess, could that mean that I have too much stuff? Should I live more simply?
- Am I being a good steward of my house if I keep it clean? Why do I wait until I have people coming over to clean?
The list could go on and on…
The fact is, my life is rarely “put together” and “clean”. I’m an artist. I create things (many of them look a lot like messes). I’m a broken human being. I get tired and don’t want to clean things up. Sometimes my bed and a TV show look a whole lot better than sweeping the floor or cleaning up the kitchen. Around mid afternoon all I want to do is take a nap or read a book, not muster up the energy to make things “pretty” and “perfect”.
I want to live simply and take care of what I have. And I do feel more creative when I have a clean place to work in. But I also want to be authentic to where I’m at – which sometimes can be messy.
What do you think? Anyone else wrestle with these questions?