how clean is your house?

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

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...




One final confession: I've taken to eating my morning oatmeal in the pot so I have one less dish to clean. Classy, right? Tell me, are you a warts and all blogger or a careful curator?

22 comments:

  1. Love it! I'm definitely a careful curator, our house is constantly in a state of renovation and change so I pick where I take my pictures very carefully!

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    Molly
    thecottagediaries.blogspot.co.nz

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  2. i love this, gaby! i never deep clean either...and i struggle to keep the dog hair and slobber to a minimum! my instagram pics are always taken very carefully..those messy piles of mail just seem to materialize! i mean, i do keep it semi clean...but i'm glad to hear i'm not the only one with a lived in house. i will never be the girl with the magazine ready house ;)

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  3. A beautiful mess gabby and beautiful (smart) you eating the porridge from the pot!

    xo em

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  4. i kind of love that you have some kind of makeshift clothes line going on. also, gaby, i think photos of lived in places are so much more beautiful than posed, perfectly tidy photos.

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  5. haha i love this. So true. I always find that neat little corner to take close-up snaps of trinkets and small artworks.

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  6. Thankyou for being so honest! Would be so lovely to see more bloggers following your lead. Who doesn't want to see someone elses mess?!

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  7. YAY!
    It looks just like our place...but I don't know what my excuse is. I don't have a baby nor a pet. Maybe super long work days and 6 day weeks count???

    Clutter really sucks, though, I feel much better if I throw things out.
    The less stuff is around the less to tidy up too.

    But I am not a neat freak at all!
    I love how the doctor told you to rest rather than to do house work.

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  8. I love this! For the past 5 days I have been taking photos of the mess around here to compile into a blog post later this week. I have become so sick of being grumpy about it, I've decide to embrace it instead! Hooray for liberation! xxx

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  9. Haha, love it Gaby!! You're totally right - we only share our best selves online usually ;) I think it's important to be reminded from time to time that most blogs are a highlight reel of someone's life. Curated is the perfect word for it. xx

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  10. Haha I love it. I am a complete neat-and-clean freak in my own house but feel very comfortable in people's houses when they're not too tidy and clean. It feels like I can let go and don't have to worry about anything.

    Lots of love
    Maria

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  11. I can't wait for the day that I can excuse the untidy manner of our home on our little one! I will happily eat my breakfast from the pot & be guilt free about spending all my time adoring my little human.
    I hope you've taken your doctors advice & are resting with your sweet girl right now. xx

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  12. Haha I love this Gaby! Not that I've posted many photos of our home (having a baby makes you forget there are other things to photograph as well!) but I totally get what you mean.

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  13. The majority of our lounge room is in order but our bedroom is mostly a storage room. Not very sexy!

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  14. i love that you are honestly baring the pages of your home to us! it's nice to see that we all have messy parts. we live, we breathe, we enjoy. and i fully support the oatmeal in a pot thing :)

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  15. I love this. Every time I visit someone's home and they remark on being sorry it's a mess I think, "If you could only see mine!" While keeping up on cleaning and smashing clutter feels good and is much more pleasant to look at, if we didn't make messes we wouldn't be doing much living would we? Also, dishes and laundry are a huge accomplishment with a wee babe. Get your rest now, before you know it she'll be crawling, then walking, and into everything!

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  16. I adore adore adore that you wrote this Gaby, big props to you for being realz, geez, we are all this way in our homes one time or another or a lot!
    sounds like you have an AHmazing doc :)

    xo

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  17. It would really depend on who it was but I seriously would likely not allow just anyone to come into my house unannounced. The reality isn't pretty! Great post.

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  18. Love this post!
    ...oatmeal in the pot! Hahaha...clever!

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  19. I think all of us have "lived in homes" and not "mater prize winning homes" on display. We all have a pile of books, kids art projects, clean washing, ironing, paper work etc around because we live here. Even though most people post lovely pictures glamourous pictures I think (hopefully) people are smart enough to know that most of the time it's not really like that even though they don't post a messy house. I love real life and your photos are real life and represent a snapshot into your life as real as it gets. Regards Kathy A, Brisbane, Australia

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  20. I love this. It's a really hard balance to get right. I want to celebrate the happy and pretty things in my blog but I try to be realistic too. Thanks for sharing your "real" home - it looks a lot like mine!

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  21. My husband and I currently live with five other people here on the farm, so I've taken to not shooting in the house. It's not that it's very messy or anything - it's just not "us." Does that make sense? Love that you show your lived in environment. I think it's important in an odd way!

    x,

    shalan

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  22. Don't know how I'm JUST seeing the oatmeal in the pot bit now, but I laughed out loud. Definitely doing this. Woop!

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