For someone who literally finds it hard to function in clutter, this is a complex subject!
I'm not trying to have a perfect home and it certainly wouldn't qualify for one. But, I do try to keep up with things, the best that I can, for fear that it will overtake me and get out of control, if I don't. (I'm a control freak!)
I gave up the Once-a-Week dusting regimen years ago. I also gave up the "can't go to bed with a dirty dish in the sink" back when I had my 2nd child. Some things you just have to let go of!
Now my cleaning schedule goes like this: if I walk by it and it looks dirty - I clean it!
The areas that I struggle with are, of course, LAUNDRY and PAPERS! These things are never quite invisible here and I have to admit, they drive me crazy at times.
Every week I say I'm going to tackle the laundry problem by doing a load a day, no matter what. The next thing I know, I'm 2-3 days down the road and the laundry baskets are overflowing and I'm kicking myself - again.
The paper piles are something I try to keep up with, but since we get mail everyday and I don't always have time for it, it ends up stacked on our diningroom table and then on my desk, where it will sit for a day or two. I'm not proud of this!
In the big scheme of things, I know these are just small things that can be fixed, if I worked a little harder and smarter. However, sometimes you just ignore the piles on purpose because you just don't feel like messing with them!
I think as I've gotten older and hopefully gained a little more perspective on things, I've realized that the world won't come to an end if there are dirty dishes in the sink overnight. It's also not the end of the world if everyone is down to one pair of undies and socks. I know and they know that the job will get done in the nick of time and life will go on, as it should.
I'm so thankful that I have a gracious family and especially a husband that doesn't expect perfection out of me. That's one area that is near perfect - their grace toward me - an unperfect mom and wife.
My sister-in-law told me one small piece of advice when I married my husband......she said "Don't sweat the small stuff." I've never forgotten that little word, and it still holds truth today.
Here's to an imperfect home!