I've been chatting with some blog friends lately about how we portray our homes online. While it's easy to post a photograph of a beautiful bouquet of flowers arranged in a vase, or a perfectly placed candle, it doesn't tell the full story. Not even close. I can't speak for everyone, but I would hazard a guess that most of us do not live in "perfect" homes. To the right of the flowers you will probably find a stack of paperwork I pushed out of the frame, or a burn mark under that candle I mentioned.
Although I wouldn't call myself a neat freak (I never do any kind of deep cleaning, for example), I can't abide mess and clutter. And now that I have a baby to take care of, I have had to seriously relax my standards. I consider doing the dishes and laundry the bare minimum, and anything else I manage to do is a bonus. On the topic of fattening up Clementine, our family doctor actually told me that lying around and resting is more important than doing housework. Bless that woman!
I endeavour to keep my blog positive and inspiring - because that's what I love about blogs - but I also try to keep it realistic. And the one thing that the blog friends and I all agreed on is that with young children, it is pretty much impossibly to have a perfectly clean and tidy home. So while I would normally post a photo like this:
Today I'm also going to show you my home, in all its messy, lived-in glory...