Friday, March 18, 2011

Free-for-all Friday: REAL Houses of the Roof

Are you one to carry the weight that every square inch of your house needs to look perfect at all times....only to feel more weight of all the other things that "need" to be perfect...clothes, kids, meals, you know the drill. Well, loosen those too tight ponytails (your eyes are starting to slant), let down your hair, take a deep breath and say with me, "IT's OOOOOOKAAAAAAYYYYY!"

A dear, sweet and what I would consider "clean" friend recently sent me my most fav email ever....a pic of her messy kitchen for the sake of accountability BUT what she got was replies of pics of other messy kitchens (including mine). It was my most fav email thread ever for a couple of reasons.

1. It was freeing to know I wasn't alone at that moment and I'm not the ONLY one w/ an overwhelming mess on my hands at times.
2. It was REAL.
3. Believe it or not, it gave me incentive to get busy on the whizzy and begin somewhere despite my feeling of being overwhelmed.

Soooo....the Women of the Roof  are here to say that we have messes, too. Our houses are real just like yours. Granted, they cover a broad spectrum~little piles and clutter to BIG piles and clutter BUT despite the size of our messes, I can attest the one common thread behind every single picture below was the woman that shared it obviously felt guilt (we woman are good at carrying that) judging from each detailed description and reasoning that accompanied each and every picture. Every picture. No joke. I'll admit it gave me a good chuckle. No judgment here. At least, the good (or bad) thing about a mess is it's not going anywhere. It'll wait for you. It's the one thing in your life that's not in a hurry.

So, tell us to which mess you most relate. Do I hear an "AMEN!" for...

...messy kitchens!
....cord clutter!

...dirty sinks (don't tell the Fly Lady)!
...strowy closets!
...overwhelming "catch all" rooms!
....stacks of papers, etc!
...toy areas!
You name the area and the mess and between all of us, we most likely have it covered. If you need motivation getting started, trust me. Take a picture and email it to us (roofwithaview at gmail dot com). It will get you started when you see your mess in an actual picture. Another piece of good news is Catherine is going to be giving us her tried and true Spring Cleaning tips since the Spring Cleaning bug has bit her good. Maybe it's contagious. :)

BTW, names were not shared to protect the innocent. ALTHOUGH, Angela wants her name shared so someone will see her bathroom mess and have a burning desire to select it for a makeover. Any takers? She deserves it just for being loud and proud.

Happy Friday!


Jaime said...

Haha, I was wondering how many of us sent in our excuses for the mess like I did :). I even tried to send it without the excuse, but I just couldn't do it!!! Oh boy, we are just too hard on ourselves sometimes! :)

Anonymous said...

What a relief to know I'm not the only one! I love it when women get honest with each other. Come on, we're only human!

Cindy said...

Well, I'd have to send a hundred photos (LOL). My hubby passed away on Christmas Eve and I am realizing HOW people become Hoarders! I find myself SO tired and mentally drained at the end of a work day that I come home and do NOTHING!! Maybe this post will help me to tackle just one pile at a time - HA!

HPS said...

Cindy, laughing! You're preaching to the choir. The night my grandmother lost my grandfather, she was scouring her kitchen floor and balancing her checkbook. When I lost my brother, all this newlywed wanted to do was come home from work and sleep! I don't know how long before my poor hubs got a homecooked meal. I think the hardest part is getting started but once you do, it's kinda hard to stop. I'm so glad you won the giveaway and glad you came back! Great to hear from you.

Melanie said...

I just want to know one thing: When did you show up at my house and take a picture of MY kitchen sink? ; )