Friday, 8 February 2013

Unfinished

antique piano keys vintage heirloom

The other day I was thinking about my home.  And comparing.  And wishing.  And I longed for things to be finished.  Absolutely everything in our house needs to be either finished, fixed, tossed, or scrubbed.  I don't really know where to start.  I don't want to spend my days feeling guilt for all I've left unfinished or procrastinated.  I want to live in my home.  I want to look around and see peace, not chaos.  I want to be able to go on a family outing knowing that I'll be able to come home and rest, not come home and clean up the week's mess.

I know some of this is part of living with young kids.  And I can accept and live with that part.  But it's the things that I've put off for four years, like painting the rest of the walls, or cleaning the kitchen's ugly mini-blinds (or better yet, replacing them) that bother me.  I know I could have a relatively clean and peaceful home if I would only prioritise the art of homemaking instead of procrastinating the work of housekeeping.



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  1. I can understand these feelings, because I grew up in a house that was truly half-finished - plywood floors, no doors (except on bathrooms), no window jam extensions (and so no curtains), etc. Now we live in rental places and I can't do anything about the walls (though I'd dearly love to paint and they need it!) or the window coverings, except dream of our someday house when I can make it into the home I want it to be... hopefully... :)

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  2. Oh I truly love that first shot. I truly understand this when my girls were young I found I was always cleaning and tidying up other peoples messes. I learned how to lower the bar and now that they are moved away and my house is somewhat organized I would give anything on some of those lonely days for that mess again. All things come in time but you will miss some of those times. B

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  3. First of all...Comparison is UGLY!!! Don't do it!!! :D
    Secondly, I think it's a state of mind. What do you feel you're waiting for in order to enjoy your home? I'm sorry to say, but I think there will always be "something". If real people live in your home, that's just the way it is. It's important to live in the moment, whether it's our home or where we are at in life. Have goals and work hard, but enjoy the way things are right now, even if it's not perfect. "I have learned to be content, whatever the circumstances."

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    1. I am with Jenn! Comparison is a trap. There always will be "something"....it's kinda what we do :) Content to dust the bunnies of life, I remember sticky hands, it didn't seem so long ago and now my oldest boy is going to be a senior in highschool next year. Keep up with what you can but cherish what you have right now.....but I get it. I just spent all night tearing out old bathroom fixtures...lol

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  4. We have completely redone our house over the years. There are some things that have never been finished (the front porch) and some that need to be done again (like painting, a new kitchen floor and countertops). As far as housework when I feel overwhelmed I click on flylady.net Her theory is you can do anything 15 minutes at a time.

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