I Just Can’t “Kondo” Right Now :: Accepting My Messy House

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I’m vacuuming popcorn kernels and piles of sea salt off my couch. I like my popcorn super salty and buttery. The toddlers got into my bowl while I wasn’t looking and scattered my snack all over the living room.

How many times a day do I vacuum this rug?

I rearrange the pillows on the couch, pick up some blocks, find more popcorn kernels, hide a toy the toddlers are fighting over, and arrange pillows again. I really like my pillows, too. Pillows spark joy.

Sitting down on the couch to rest my pregnant body, I see the mess in the kitchen. It was (kinda) clean five minutes ago! While I was tidying up the living room, the toddlers were making a new mess.

How many times a day do I clean this kitchen?

Sorry, Marie. I just can’t “Kondo” my life right now.

I Just Can't "Kondo" Right Now :: Accepting My Messy House from Albuquerque Moms Blog

One day I will get my act together, Marie. I promise.

When I’m done having babies, I will get rid of my massive maternity wardrobe. Yes, I will pack up the eight pairs of maternity pants, seven flowy tops to hide my belly, six pairs of postpartum leggings, five nursing bras, and all the stained clothing I don’t wear out in public. And I will be so happy for the extra space in my closet!

Dear Marie, I promise to only buy things that spark joy at Target.

Nope, sorry, I can’t keep that promise. The dollar spot is my hobby right now. Because as a stay-at-home mom of two toddlers, I need Target vacations. Some days I need to get out of the house, push my kids around in a cart, look at cute stuff, and drink my coffee.

Sure, I want to throw away all of the toys, Play-Doh, endless books, kitchen utensils that are now kids toys, crayons, and blocks in this house.

But what would my toddlers do while I vacuum the rug?


Originally published February 2019.

The opinions expressed in this post are those of the author. They do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of ABQ Mom, its executive team, other contributors to the site, its sponsors or partners, or any organizations the aforementioned might be affiliated with.

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