Over Christmas break we were super busy. I've been back from travel for a week and a half and finally have the house in order, and only now because I have a play date tomorrow. I like having a clean house. I like having someone come over about once a week so I get it cleaned. I would like to figure out how to be motivated to just clean it because it needs to be cleaned.
A feeling that is tickling my awareness is the idea that if I don't keep my house clean, I'm ungrateful. We are so blessed. It's obvious that if you are grateful for something, you take care of it. I am aware of feeling self conscious that with such a nice house, I don't want people to think I care too much about material things.
I tell the kids over and over that people are more important than things. This comes up often when they have hurt one another over toys. The way this is important to me and my house cleaning is that I'm a nicer mom when the house is clean. I read stories to them at night when I take care of the dishes earlier in the day. My kids are more important than my mess.