Keepin’ it Real – My Laundry Lives in Baskets



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Do you sometimes feel like a failure when it comes to homemaking?  Do you ever beat yourself up for not keeping your house spic and span?  Do you thumb through magazines and ever wonder why your house can’t look like that, or when you visit your favorite bloggers you wonder how they can keep a tidy home but you can’t?

House porch with wicker furniture and flowers


Well, let’s get REAL!!  You are NOT a failure; your house does NOT have to be spic and span 24/7; those magazine photos are NOT real life; and I can guarantee you that the neat and tidy pictures you see of bloggers’ homes are hardly ever like that on a regular basis.

If you come to my house, it will be clean and tidy – whether you announce your visit or not. I take no credit for this; I am not a super-homemaker or anything. You see, I married Danny Tanner. Do you remember him?

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My husband wasn’t always this way, but the older he gets; the more he becomes like his dad. My wonderful father-in-law notices if you move a pencil or take a coin from the straight stacks of lined up dimes, nickels, or quarters. I have no idea where the pennies go.

I am not married to a tyrant or anything. My husband is awesome and since he works at home with me, he takes charge of many of the domestic things to ensure everything is faced in the proper direction. Yes…this makes me crazy at times!

There is one area in which I am allowed to slack…and slack I do. My laundry lives in baskets.

Our master closet – one basket is mine, one is his and then there are towels. Towels are not even difficult to put away, yet here they stay. 

master-closet

Before we moved, our garage housed our washer and dryer. We live in Florida where it is a million degrees in the summer. My husband’s people are from islands (inside joke,) so he holds up to the heat; whereas I do not, so he often did the washing and drying. When we moved to our new home with an indoor laundry room, I promised I would take over the laundry. I do, kinda…I sort, wash, dry, and fold. Then they go into baskets.

While my husband is super particular about how neat and clean our house is kept, he hasn’t seemed to mind that our clothes rarely make it to their drawers or get hung up in the closet.

I really don’t know what it is about putting them away, but it just doesn’t happen. They live in the baskets until I need the baskets for the dirty clothes again, and then I put the stragglers away.

When I have clothes for my teen to take up stairs for her little sister, I put it on the landing of the stairs. Then they also live in the basket, unless my little one puts them away…and, well, at least I know where they are if they stay in the basket, LOL.

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Most of the rest of my house may sparkle, but you will find baskets of clean clothes and empty drawers, always! Oh, and I don’t make our bed either. I used to feel guilty about this, but then I read Sarah Avila’s post and was reassured that it was OK not to make your bed.

There are a couple of other places in our home that he never enters or keeps the blinders on to avoid my mess. We have a huge closet full of stuff. This is where I throw stuff really quickly when I know he is headed home. LOL

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He keeps away from the school room too. I snapped this shot this morning. I promise, it does get worse. He stays out of this room, so it is rarely neat and tidy. 

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Do you see the little counting bears all lined up in a row? My little one has OCD like her daddy. It is not as bad as his yet because they are not in a color pattern. LOL.

Since I told you about my husband’s high standards, I thought I would show you a couple areas that require constant attention. Thankfully I have a teen daughter who maintains the kitchen. 

kitchen
I feel a little guilty that my house isn’t an interesting mess. I wasn’t going to participate in this blog hop because I was worried I wasn’t “real-enough” but this is real for us. I suppose I should be happy the hubs gives me leeway in a few areas. I don’t think Danny Tanner did with his household. HAHA.

dining-room

We want to see your homes too!!! 

Even if you aren’t a blogger, you can join us and share pictures of your home on Instagram.  For the next six days we will have a little Instagram challenge; each day will have a different topic for you to post a picture on.  Check out the graphic below to see what is assigned on each day.  Be sure to use the hashtag #KeepinItRealHomeTour on all your Instagram post so we can find each other easily. 

Keepin It Real Home Tour IG Challenge









Written by Carrie

Carrie

Carrie is the owner & operator of Homeschool Giveaways. She is also the Operations Manager for Build Your Bundle – a once a year HUGE homeschooling sale. She has been homeschooling for ten years, has two girls and works side by side at home with her awesome husband. She has been saved by grace, fails daily, but continues to strive toward the prize of the high calling of being a daughter of the Most High God.

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