My {Fake} Clean House

Fake Clean House

It’s not what I pictured, but I feel at peace.

It’s another way to let go a little, but not completely — fake cleaning.

Our home is good enough (read: clean enough) for what it’s for. It has to be. Do I wish I did more? Of course. But, for me, right now this level of “clean” is manageable and sustainable, which keeps our home and me in a good enough, if not great, place.

Some days in the midst of the non-stop swirl that is this toddler-tornado life, I look around and think, “This is not how I pictured my motherhood.

A long time ago I got real about my skills in the kitchen and handed that dream over to the husband. But a dirty home? This was not me.

I’ve always prided myself on my ultra-tidy ways. When I got married I let go a little simply because I couldn’t maintain that same degree of cleanliness in a shared space. When baby made three, I let go completely. I could not keep up with it all: the house, the yard, AND sole manager of the onslaught of never-ending kid stuff.

I loved our home, but I needed the peace that comes from the appearance of a semi-controlled space.

One night while mindlessly scrolling through Pinterest/silently berating myself about our filthy floors, I found the concept of FAKING a clean house. 

Oh, permission to lower my expectations and a few doable steps? Just what I needed.

How I Fake a Clean House

Step 1: Tidy up.

Toys in one spot. Pillows fluffed and blankets folded. Shoes lined up at the front door.

Step 2: Clear a table.

Kitchen table, dining room table, whatever. Just one. The random assortment of bills, junk mail, and beloved daycare artwork not organized, but simply removed from sight.

Step 3: Spot clean floors.

Hit the obvious ones with a baby wipe or two. 

Step 4: Light a candle and dim the lights. 

Ambiance means everything.

Step 5: Call it good and sit down already.

Outsource the rest if/when you can. If that doesn’t get done, even if for a while, we’ll be okay.

It’s About Love.

Preserve your energy for the places that need it most. For riding the waves of no-nap days, staying outside of someone else’s meltdown, and delivering one more kiss at bedtime.

The state of our home does matter, but my mothering isn’t about my chores, or my floors, or always trying keep to a routine. It’s about finding what works for me so I have something left to give to my people I love the most.


5 Responses to My {Fake} Clean House

  1. Stacey August 18, 2017 at 7:40 am #

    Yes yes yes!! Great ideas!

    • Emily Sikora
      Emily Sikora August 18, 2017 at 11:06 am #

      Thanks for reading, Stacey! Fake clean houses and their happy mamas for life!

  2. Danette August 19, 2017 at 8:31 pm #

    The cleared table is a new phenomenon in our home…glad we are getting on track to the “fake” clean 😜 Thanks for the mama lift! 👌

    • Emily Sikora
      Emily Sikora August 21, 2017 at 1:16 pm #

      Happy to hear you can relate, Danette, and I’m thrilled you felt a “lift” from reading it!

  3. Cris August 24, 2017 at 10:18 am #

    This is a great piece! Clearing clutter really makes a difference in not only how your house looks, but the way you feel about being in your home. We put our house up for sale a few weeks ago and packed up a lot of the small knick knacks and unnecessary items that accumulated in our living room and kitchen over time. I don’t even miss any of the things that got packed away, and it keeps the house looking much neater and cleaner, even when I haven’t had time to do any actual cleaning!

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