Because I'm messy.
Oh, didn't you know?
I'm an ENFP...the kind of person who can survive in her car for weeks, because there are so many survival tools in there...like leftover food, umbrellas, coats...extra shoes...oh, is that a can opener? Yep. I'm that kind of person.
You've seen my collage wall...but how often have you seen the dining area in a full picture?
Well, here's one:
I'll go ahead and answer the anticipated questions.
Yes, my Middlest Son is wearing sunglasses in the house while he does his schoolwork. Yes, this is typical for him. No, I haven't cleaned that mirror in weeks...maybe months. Yep, my sewing machine is on the kitchen table. During school time. And, no, I hadn't used it in a few days. That pile of stuff on the floor? It's my fabric, stuffing, and buttons. All necessary stuff. For the kitchen floor. Yes, one blind is closed and the others are open. Because that is how my daughter likes it when she's working at the table. Oh, and there is indeed straw paper trash on the floor. One of the boys must've shot it over there and I simply didn't notice until I examined the photo. Seems someone also stuck a little toy up on the curtain pull-back thing. Oh, well.
The thing is-- I love this room. Messy and all. The stuff doesn't bother me (most of the time...there is that one week each month...) Actually, I don't even notice it most of the time. My Man? Nah, he doesn't care. In fact, he's the most likely one to throw his hat/lunch/keys on the table along with the other stuff. Do we eat at the table together? Yep. I just set the sewing machine on the floor temporarily.
It is clean, if not free of clutter.
Most important to me, it is happy.
We find joy here.
It doesn't need to be perfect to be beautiful (I love Nester.)
Turn around and you'll see the kitchen counters. Aaaaaand, you guessed it, those are usually covered in goodies, too. Here I must say that I try to keep the counters cleared off. I TRY. But these counters are just magnets, I tell you. Everyone loves to draw here, build Legos, balance the checkbook, you name it.
Plus I like to keep the fresh fruit right out in the open, easy to grab for a healthy snack (Fred, I'm talking to you!!)
And dishes....oh, I try to keep up with dishes...
I thought so.