Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Keeping It Real #2 Kitchen

I started a little series on "keeping it real". You can see my last keeping it real post "playroom" here.

I think there is so much pressure out there from magazines, blogs, pinterest, TV Shows etc that your home must always look like a display home...sure I wish ours could be but in reality it's not going to happen and that is something I have had to learn. I am organised and the house is organised and everything has a home but that doesn't mean that everything is always put away in it's home.

One thing that has really hit home recently is our oldest son starts school next year and I only have the rest of this year to enjoy all 3 boys being home during the week. I know some days they can all be terrors, push all my buttons and drive me crazy, but they are growing up and they are not going to be this age forever. I want my kids to remember that Mum was there to help them build lego, play trains, read books, do craft, take them to the park. I don't want them to remember that Mum was too busy cleaning and putting stuff away to play with them. So if the dirty dishes haven't been put in the dishwasher or there is used breakfast bowls still on the bench from the morning, toys on the bench does it really matter? Spending quality time with your kids does.

I can't stress enough being organised doesn't mean that your house looks like a display home all the time. I don't want any of my readers to think that our house is "Perfect" and always looks like a display home.

I wanted to share with you what our kitchen looks like on most days.













I would love to hear your comments on the pressure you feel to keep your house perfect....





Jade

8 comments:

  1. HONESTLY, I JUST USED TO FEEL PRESSURE WHEN MY MOM VISITED.
    NOW I REALLY FEEL INADEQUATE READING ALL OF THESE BLOGS!!
    BUT THE BLOGS AND PINTEREST AND MARTHA HAVE REALLY MOTIVATED IN MANY AREAS. I HAVE A PLACE FOR HALF MY STUFF NOW!! TEEHEE :)
    THANKS FOR SHOWING US THAT REAL LIFE HAPPENS, I FEEL MUCH BETTER!

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  2. It's all about finding that balance of what you can live with versus what you want to do with the kids. I have 3 boys as well and realized that I'm part of the problem with the messy house - instead of insisting they pick up after themselves, I've always just done it after they go to bed so I can get it DONE with less hassle. Well, that's not doing the boys any favors. So Tough Mommy has moved in this summer and she's cracking the whip on putting away things the boys get out. They're grumbling, and taking forever, but it IS getting done. I can live with a little clutter and a few crumbs, but there's a point where it's too much. Our kitchen counter area is the same shape as yours and looks very similar. My husband hates it as it's literally a dumping ground so my focus as my personal goal has been to keep it free of useless clutter and keep only the things we need out there. I'd say I'm successful about 50% of the time right now. Thanks for sharing a "real" look at how even an organized person can have clutter. Sometimes I look at Pinterest and other organizing sites and get sort of depressed because I know I'll never get to that stage...

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  3. Thanks, I feel much better now. Yes there are days I want that clutter free home and super organized home. But that will take me time away from enjoying fun time with my kids. But when you are just sitting in front of a computer for hours and meanwhile your house is a mess, when you can be doing something to fix it. That's my problem. And I need to work on it. But it does not need to be perfect.

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  4. Thanks Lisa - You are so right in finding that balance (it is something I need to work on) I try to get them to clean up their toys but as soon as they are packed away they are out again....so I tend to leave that til they go to bed. I know I should make them do it and I will try and implement something maybe a rewards system. I am like you some mornings all the kitchen benches are clear and wiped down and sometimes they aren't like you see in my photos. I had to learn to let go, lower my standards this took awhile and it still does frustrtate me. I don't think it is realistic that a house looks like a display home with 3 young kids.

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  5. Thanks Rosario - I'm glad my post made you feel better...As I said I don't want my blog to portray that our home looks perfect all the time. A great idea I have tried is set the timer for say 10-15 mins see how much you can get done in that time....and after reward yourself with some computer time....and I agree it so doesn't need to be perfect...

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  6. I love this post. Thanks . Last night whilst trying to find pj's for my 11 years old out of the ironing basket that i have not managed to get to (it's my mountain i can't climb). I apologize for crinkley pj's she replies. " thats ok mum we can't be perfect all the time. You worry to much mum". I think that sums it up hey! Out of the mouth of babes!

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  7. Oh they can be so sweet Fiona and she does sum it up!!. You are one up on me I iron on a need to basis....which reallt means weddings, funerals etc....

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  8. love your blog! Love it even more after seeing this. :-) you keep it real

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