2.08.2014

Messy or not...


Once upon a time, Kicky's bedroom looked like this...spotless and adorable. And then all plastic hell broke loose and this is what that adorable room looked like last weekend. I'm genuinely embarrassed by the shear quantity of stuff she has and by the fact that we let her space get so filthy.


So why am I sharing this photo? I'm sharing it because life is messy and layered and that's OK. I'm still having a difficult time articulating the reason, beyond a new job and young children, that I took a blogging hiatus, but I think these photos have something to do with it. Honesty is important and I needed some time to really reflect on that. A break from blogging reminded me how much I value the small moments in life and how meaningful it is to me, messy or not, to capture those moments.

14 comments:

Elise said...

Well, I'm glad you're back! :)

beth lehman said...

hah!! plastic hell!! i love that. i struggle with the line between order and chaos... i certainly think being present is more important than either one!

Laura said...

I have a constant struggle between wanting neatness & order & just relaxing & letting my kids have a good time playing. Thanks for keeping it real - there are many of us right there with you!

Julia Fain said...

thanks for the honesty! all of us moms are applauding right now ;)

Pip said...

Ha. Love it! Just close the door! And every once and a while, I like to use the vacuum threat just for fun because there is a certain perverse humour to parking it in front of a big pile of Lego/Playmobile/hair stuff/etc. to get a reaction. Glad to hear from you. So happy to get your posts in my RSS : ) Stay warm!

Claire said...

Well you are not alone! I can tolerate a fair bit but then it reaches a point where I kind of snap and have to get in and sort, throw stuff out and tidy - it seems like you might be approaching that point lol. Kicky might enjoy helping you sort things out, I have been suprised that my kids (2&4yo) do. You have been through a bit of a transition with moving house, your job and the kids growing and changing... something's gotta give. Don't feel bad.

Anonymous said...

I have been a reading your blog (and many others) for years now and I'm one of those people that NEVER comment. I am doing so now because I wanted to honor and thank you for this post in particular. If I eventually decide to end my love affair with home/craft/beauty/design blogs it will be because they lack the authenticity you show here. Aesthetic excellence is the reason why we visit these blogs, but there's a growing feeling of hollowness without that human element. I wish others did this more. Thank you, woman! You are awesome.

Tilda said...

Ha! I know that as well! could be my office... or my sons room...

jenny said...

Thank you so much for showing and speaking the truth! While I love the blog universe of inspiring ways to create a beautiful home life, I have been fantasizing about creating something that shows the other side and helps people (especially moms) feel just fine about not being perfect. Kudos to you for doing so!

spygarden said...

I like both photos ;)

The Belvedere- Alyssa said...

So glad you're back, i love reading about your 'real' life and not some picturesque, pinterest-y, life. (Although yours really is pinterest worthly.)
I'm struggling with the same thing at our house, except its about tools, building supplies, and dust!

Lady Cordelia said...

oh, thank you for both things. because both make me feel better in different ways.

Julie said...

I am glad you're back! I always enjoy your blog and seeing your photos!

Conversation Pieces said...

Ah, this is so lovely... it's nice to hear the honest side of things from time to time. A good reminder that mess is not only ok, but the way that real life! xx

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