A clean house is a beautiful thing. It tells you a lot about a person. KIDDING! It tells you that a person can clean their house when expecting company. Which, might actually be telling you the least about that person ever. Cleaning the house before company isn’t exactly a unique trait. It does tell me that you know a little something about proper etiquette, which this day and age is actually highly commendable. It also tells me that you were raised by a mother that tried her best. “Best” is certainly relative in its usage. I have learned throughout my journey as an adult and a parent, especially recently, that my mother probably did try her best. She also gave up after she found that her “best” was either no good or not what people were interested in, or maybe just too hard to sustain. Either way, I digress.
A clean house is unhealthy. I have come to this decision on my own, but, medically, it is also true. The new theory in medicine is that our clean environment is to blame for the early onset, rapid increase and changes to many diseases. Back in the day, parents would let their children eat off the floor, bathe once a week, they wouldn’t wash their hands as much and you damn well know parents weren’t carrying hand sanitizer around with them or spraying bleach all over their house when one kid was sick to try to prevent the rest from catching it. Honestly, what even is that?! Before I say what I’m about say … relax. I bet your nasty little rugrats have had conjunctivitis … That’s poop dude! ew. Anyway, my kids do not wash their hands many times a day. I do not encourage being yucky and if their hands are dirty, they are to wash them asap. Also in public restrooms, if they’ve touched stuff .. for the love of god wash your hands! However, in our house, with our family, I really believe proper wiping skills are more important teachings than that of washing your hands. Now, my daughter may have a potentially fatal and lifelong disease, but hey, that was in the cards for her from the jump and genuinely has nothing to do with her health. My kids don’t get sick. They get nasty booger noses and coughs that make me want to punch their faces but they don’t get fevers. There’s no need for days off of school or medications. Sleep, alone is their cure all. I digress.
Having a clean house is also socially, mentally and emotionally unhealthy for children. Also, I made that up .. but hear me out. Kids need to use their imagination. They need to jump, run throw, uncover all their awful little toys and leave them places that their parents can break a leg on them. They need to feel safe in order to do these things because it bonds them with their siblings. It encourages creative, interactive play which stimulates their brain and helps them grow into well-rounded adults with impeccable social skills and innovative minds. While there is certainly a time and a place to learn to pick up after yourself and have your mother follow you around nagging you … it just shouldn’t be always. Ever met an artist who is clean …. lies. Ever met a hot girl with a clean bathroom counter, closet or car …. lies. In order to create a masterpiece within yourself, whether it be your body, face, brain or canvas as the focal point, you gotta get a little messy.
….. And now whether you like it or not you have read an entire blog that I wrote jusssst because I don’t wanna clean my house. HA!