Monday, August 1, 2011

The Truth- For Mummy Rummy

My house is messy, filthy even. Like I said before, I'm a grub. After reading Anna's post over at Rummy Bears yesterday, I thought I'd come clean (or not, as the case may be). This is how my house looks 5 days out of 7.  That's right- my floors need sweeping, washing needs sorting, beds need making and tables need wiping. Instead I change dirty nappies, shovel food into kids mouths, rock them to sleep, read them stories, paint with them, cook with them and blow bubbles when the sun is shining. As a result there is dirt underfoot and trip hazards e.v.e.r.y.w.h.e.r.e.







Oh well. Who cares.

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54 comments:

  1. love this... makes you feel a little more human if you know that not everyone is spending their days in immaculate homes baking gourmet meals to eat with their homemade sourdough loaves! haha!

    kel x

    p.s - to have a closer look at some of the vintage kids clothes just follow the link to the facebook page (hope it is working). if you see something you like just leave a comment or send me a private message :) have a great day!

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  2. good try Em, but you got nuttin' on me! x

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  3. Oh I LOVE so much that you posted this! LOVE! you are a legend lass! xx

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  4. thank GOD for the rummey bears post yesterday! and thank you for this one! I thought I was the only one enjoying reading all these blogs but feeling completely inadequate at the same time. One post every so often with a touch of reality bonds us all more than beautiful photos ever could.

    We only need one very occasionally though - it's still nicer to see pretty pictures :)

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  5. if it makes you feel any better I am a crap housewife too ..

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  6. ooh also, that folded washing is only folded because my mum did it.

    Here here to being a crap housekeeper. Lets be honest- it's totally unfulfilling. So yes, Paula- that does make me feel better!

    xo

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    1. I love that you said that because I was looking at that washing basket and thinking...... she is still pretty good, look at that lovely folded washing.....
      here is to honesty and paying attention to the stuff that really matters, cheers.

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  7. Nice work Em. And good for you. Who wants to be anal like me. I have germ phobias but you are soooooo much better off giving your kids good immune systems and lots of love and attention, than constantly doing a job that needs doing again tomorrow and the next day and... My kids have never thanked me for being clean. They only remember the time you spent with them.

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  8. Yay for being "real"! I saw the best poster that said "Excuse the mess but we LIVE here!" Love it :)

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  9. laundry is so overrated.i am so sick and tired of washing. i feel like every frickin time i turn around there is another pile there. thanks for this post. it made me feel a little better :)

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  10. you and every other house I've ever been in. Your stuff still look beautiful, even buried under a mountain of clothes, crumbs and dust bunnies.

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  11. Oops,. Excuse the test. I have been following and loving your blog for the longest time but every time I went to comment it would boot me out of blogger. So weird. So, this time it worked!

    Love an honest mumma .... The truth is, i wish I was a messier, I have a strong OCD gene but its a curse... I am training myself to relax and enjoy the sunshine and bubbles with the kidlets as opposed to the ever growing pile of washing!

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  12. Thanks so much for this. I feel so much better! And not so much of a slob ;) I type this whilst hardly being able to see the floor for toys. Your house still looks gorgeous though x

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  13. Great post. Im right there with ya. I got my house professionally cleaned friday,which I do probably two times a year, more if Im lucky but its already a disaster, laundry in baskets, toys everywhere, dishes and dirty kitchen floors. Its just part of having littles. xo Your still doing a fantastic job momma!

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  14. Yep. Some friends and I recently shared photos of our houses taken right that moment with no 'editing' before hand. It was eye opening in a good way!

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  15. Good work. Mine is the same, if not worse! Do I care? Not one bit... unless of course we have an inspection from the real estate (tomorrow!!!). I've been tidying like a woman possessed. But with a kidlet in tow means 1 step forward 5 steps back. Ha ha. Oh well.
    Life is for the living, not for the cleaning.
    Have a great week.

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  16. Someone else with a house like mine then,only difference is that i'm entertaining the Grandchildren.

    Carry on as you are,life's too short,enjoy every minute with those children

    regards
    Kath

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  17. i have the opposite problem - i am mr neat.

    i can't stand mess. i drive my family nuts and i even drive myself nuts with it. i can't leave dishes on the bench, clothes lying around etc. i know i'm being stupid about it, and that mess doesn't matter, but i can't stop myself.

    help.

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  18. My Auntie has a print on her wall that says 'women with clean houses lead dull lives' - i live by that motto!

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  19. Who cares, you've got rockin hair!! x

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  20. Yay for you keeping it real!! My house looks like this nine times out of ten!!!
    Your children will remember you for all the time you invested in them, not by how tidy/clean your house was :)
    xx

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  21. Hi Em, I'm new to your blog and I love reading it. Thought I'd make my first comment after seeing your photos, and noticing how your beautiful bedroom is channelling mine at the moment! Keep painting with those cute kids I say, the rest will take care of itself! Kell

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  22. Oh thank god. I thought i was the only one.

    So much rather play with the kids than fold all that bloody washing. my least favorite chore.

    Thanks for keepin it real.

    x jody

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  23. Oh YAY! Particularly love the dust bunnies. Thank you.

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  24. Bah! My house is just as bad! I tell my Mum that is why my girls hardly get sick - -they're used to being exposed to crap!

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  25. how refreshing! I LOVE your home, the ugly side of it and all. I think you are my new best friend... ;0) I hate cleaning... there is too much fun to be had. Although Lego must be banished to the box at all times! xxLou xx p.s. you feeling any better?

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  26. Oh loving your honesty Emily! Makes me feel SO much better, as my place is an absolute pig sty most of the time. It's clean mess though, isn't it always clean mess!? ;o)
    Spending time with our babes is far more essential anyway, they don't care if things are out of place, but they do if Mama is not on hand to paint and read and cuddle and play hide & seek. It's all about priorities xo

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  27. I LOVE LOVE LOVE you - do you ever feel like a hamster on a wheel with all the washing????? My favourite comment to my 3 kids (only3,6and 8) is " Ohh is 'James' your butler having a day off" - poor little buggers. They are really great when i think about it but I HATE cleaning!! Thanks also for your great blog and generous ideas.

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  28. Yep - my house is simmilar at times(Just not where my creative stuff is!!!)
    My mother in law has a magnet that says "Dull women have immaculate houses"... Not sure if I agree or not, but playing is MUCH more fun! :)
    I sent you an email over the weekend. :) Need an addy from you.
    S&R xo

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  29. When there's fun things to be done, who cares about the housework? My kids and craft projects come before any housework. Sure, I might shuffle things around a bit to make them look tidier, but who am I fooling? Just makes myself feel a little better!
    I was this close to posting a photo of my kitchen with dirty dishes, but chickened out at the last minute! I washed, dried and put away every single thing, which never happens here!
    Well done you brave girl!
    Rach x

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  30. My Mum used to own a mug that said "People Who Have Clean Houses Lead Boring Lives". Good motto. Especially for those of us who rarely have properly clean houses.
    Love this post. As always xx

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  31. thank you for posting this today! I felt right at home.

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  32. so refreshing! I really struggle with keeping my house at all tidy. thank you!

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  33. Haha oh my gosh, I love the honesty here!

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  34. omg i love you for this post! it made me feel better about my apartment this week. my boyfriend and i have both been sick. normally i catch up on any cleaning on the weekends, but i didn't do anything but lie around and now i'm feeling bad for not doing it.

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  35. Good to know I'm not the only one!!!!
    x

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  36. I've just come across your blog and so happy I've done so. What a lovely read.. and this post did make me laugh. It makes a change to see photo's of Real life.. when most people on blog land hide away the messy parts of their lives usually..!

    Ashley xxx

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  37. " Good moms have sticky floors, dirty ovens and happy kids." lOVE THAT QUOTE!

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  38. Hey Em, your house is a home so full of love and fun. Even though you, and only you, expect perfection,no one could say you are not a wonderful mum. And if they dare to, tell them your mum will will give them a "good talking to".
    your children are so lucky to have a creative, adventurous and brave mother like you.And I am so proud to have you as my daughter.

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  39. If that's all the neglect and angst you live with, come over to mine and I'll make your heart SING! But don't come on Friday. Friday is when I bust my chops and try and make things habitable. Takes me six hours. Lasts 47 minutes...

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  40. Ho ho, an old post this one but one that I totally identify with! My boy still doesn't know the full extent of the mess that gets shoved into cupboards when he comes a-calling. But my Mum is the same and my little bro and I have pretty good immune systems so just remember, you are doing those gorgeous poppets of yours a favour! just found your blog today, totally love it, I'm hooked! It's great to see pictures of your sunny life from here in rainy London.

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  41. We have the same orange ukelele over here!

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  42. YAY! That is so, so funny, this morning in the shower I was thinking of your home and the pics I have seen and wondering why my house (actually - more specifically) looks like a bomb! We have been tidying and organising rooms this last month - all for today - when our Foster care assessors come to check us out! Ha! I have tried to relax a little and leave some mess - you know - so we look um normal.... if there is a normal. I LOVE THIS POST! xxxxxx

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  43. oh ahhhhhh PHEW!Sometimes I just forget I'm not the only one! And honestly sometimes I just don't give a hoot that this and that hasn't been done......oh and somedays we watch tv too much but atleast the children don't fight when we do!

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  44. Thank you for this post! I have such anxiety about the state that my house can get in :) We just have to do our best!

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  45. Brilliant! You may be a grub, Em, but I adore your honesty & humour surrounding it. I often wonder how our home would look with a little human added to the mix - not at all pretty but completely worthwhile (I can only imagine!)
    Bless all us crap housewives, & our loving partners who put up with our grubbiness!

    Sar xx

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  46. Ah, that picture of your bedroom makes us kindred spirits. Mine is worse than that. Sometimes I feel stink watching my kids clamber over piles of things, but then I like to think that what they'll remember me for is not how I used to clean all the time (or tell them not to get messy) but that we hung out. x

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  47. the best house work is done 10 min before someone says they are coming over. as long as my kids are smiling and healthy nothing else matters.
    x

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  48. Nice 1 and thank you!! I often ponder how your house always looks so tidy and cool, how you get time to cook all that yummy stuff and oh my goodness how do you get the time to blog. '...Nah she must have a help....' But no!...Your just like me...I have a zillion bigillion other important (and more funner) tasks (as mentioned) to do. I laughed therefore you have made my day all the much better.

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  49. What a relief to know you don't live in a show home! I love your blog even more now. Thank you for keeping it real x

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  50. I was about to fold the washing - I'm not now. Thank you Em :) x

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Thanks so much for your words of encouragement, advice and solidarity.

xo em