Last night I read a blog post from one of my most favorite writers. Until that moment I didn’t think anything could diminish my love of said writer. But then I read the words that changed my mind.

She said a cleaning service had offered to clean her house. Every week.


My friend Jill informed me that the 11th commandment is – or should be – “Thou shall not covet thy neighbor’s cleaning lady.”

What about holding on for dear life to one last fairy tale, the one where someone – ANYONE – else cleans my house???

When I thought about what fairy tales I’ve dreamed up for my role as a homemaker, they pretty much went like this:

Fairy Tale #1: I’ll have my own house and it won’t ever need to be cleaned.
Fairy Tale #2: I’ll get my act together and clean my own house. All the time.
Fairy Tale #3: I’ll find the money to pay a cleaning service to deal with my house.

So far, none of these are coming true. And so, my dining room table starts the week looking like that photo above. Because, well, weekends are busy and full of living and not picking up or cleaning.

I’ve given up the fantasy that magical birds and squirrels will clean my house – or that I’ll wake up one day liking folding laundry and emptying the dishwasher and sweeping the floors. It’s possible that someday my budget will afford me the luxury of a regular cleaning service.

But until then, I’m stuck in the middle of the learning process – the one where I figure out how to clean enough, organize enough, fold and empty and put away and pick up enough, and let the rest of it go.

If you know me or have read this blog for anytime at all, you know I have lots of thoughts and feelings on this subject. But this time I’m turning it over to you and calling it a night. My headache and the baby demand it.

What fairy tale have you had to give up about how you manage your home (cooking, cleaning, decorating, etc.)?

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