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Priorities!


Saturday, July 02, 2011

I was commenting on a blog and my comment became my blog - CaptainJerry, a new sparkpeople member, blogged "I Crave Organization,"
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and the following is my reply:

Nothing about my life has ever been "ship-shape and Bristol fashion" but I can "C-clamp" with the best of them. So there, I used them!
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Not entirely true - my life is ship-shape and Bristol fashion because I am able to prioritize - living well is more important than living "neatly" - to me.

For all my clutter, I know that my DH comes first, nourishment second, the last room in the house to ever get straightened out is my own personal bathroom. Why? Not because I am not worth it - I am worth it.

But I married a man 30 years my senior and while my bathroom will always be there and always be messy, my loving DH will not.

Uh-oh! I see a blog here - thanks C.J.!

P.S. Yes, I do envy those people with spotless homes, but I am just not one of them and accept the fact that I most likely never will be. I thank God every day for my DH, my loving family and my own good health.
Think I should pray for cleanliness?
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**edit:
Before she died, Erma Bombeck said if she had it all to do again, she would clean less and play more. I'm with Erma!
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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
HIKETOHEIGHTS 7/5/2011 11:00PM

    I have always put people first, stuff is just stuff! You are no fool, you know your blessings are people, not a house.

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5CUTIES 7/5/2011 2:23PM

    I'm with you....better happy and healthy children and husband, then a clean house. We were always on the go and now I see my own daughters with happy, healthy children. Yeah to dust bunnies! Also....Mcd's ice cream cone is a good alternative to any other ice cream. Thanks for the blog post. emoticon

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GRALLEN 7/4/2011 8:24PM

    My house isn't as clean as I think it should be but I'm sure having fun camping, relaxing in the pool, enjoying my shelties and have a good time with my DH. Of course when we are expecting company, we turn on the stereo and kick it into high gear to get the house in a presentable state.

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LIVNFITNHAPPY 7/4/2011 12:03PM

    I'm with Erma too!!! :P

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WCALDER 7/4/2011 8:43AM

    Good for you Linda! As for me, I'm a total chaotic mess. Half the time I try and put things in it's place, the other half trying to remember where that place is to begin with!

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WATERMELLEN 7/3/2011 8:52PM

    What a relief to read a blog like this!! I'm domestically challenged (that's a kind evaluation, actually) and given how hard I work, if I spent more time cleaning I'd have no time for exercise, healthy eating, or friends and family.

So: my priorities are clear enough . . . not likely to change . . . and I have a little help once a week from a very very kind and competent lady to handle the pressing household tasks. Worth it to me.

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SLENDERELLA61 7/3/2011 1:20PM

    Ooops. I'm wrong. You commented on my blog yesterday, not today. How about that? We were both having some similar thoughts today. Take care!

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SLENDERELLA61 7/3/2011 1:18PM

    Oh, Linda, I blogged about housework today, too. Oh, yeah. You know that because you commented. I think here you have pointed out 2 things to me: I need to prioritize a little more and I need to value that prioritization so that I can overlook a few things, knowing that the more important things are getting accomplished. Thanks, Linda.

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DINGALLSTOO 7/3/2011 11:46AM

    glad you have those priorities straight. I too put off housework (more than I should) for spending time with family, Girl Scouts etc

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MILLIE5522 7/3/2011 6:18AM

    Totally agree with you! emoticon

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 7/3/2011 12:57AM

    Healthy & happy is a pretty good combination! I vote for your way of LIVING! Love ya, Dawn emoticon emoticon

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MSLZZY 7/3/2011 12:30AM

    Work will always be there-hugs!

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SUSIEPH1 7/2/2011 8:14PM

    I too married a man 14 years my senior and we each brought our children to this union we loved and cared for them all ..
We had 7 children between us of varied ages .. our life had been mixed, some up and downs but mostly ups ....
I wouldn't swap my life for any other ...
Enjoy the time you have together.... houswork will wait...
Quality time with your love is fleeting .. Enjoy!!
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Comment edited on: 7/2/2011 8:15:45 PM

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DIANESMILES 7/2/2011 8:05PM

    My place used to be so clean we joked "even her dust falles in aphebetical order", but not any longer ! Now its a little dirty (not much), though still organized, and I've relaxed so much more. I laugh a lot more, and love A LOT more. Welcome over to my side Linda, welcome over ! My family didn't matter than, only my "things" did, now it's opposite,,,my family does and things are things, though I still enjoy the nice ones.

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MEADSBAY 7/2/2011 7:57PM

    LOVE your philosophy of life, Linda!
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OLDERDANDRT 7/2/2011 7:09PM

    I relate to that! I, too am one of those folks who will never have a spotless house, but it's "lived in"!!!!! And it looks it! hehe Our family is so much more important. We just gotta keep it healthy. Neat is a perk!!! emoticon

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 7/2/2011 4:54PM

    Love your new background on your page. You lead a contented life. emoticon

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DOTTIEJANE1 7/2/2011 3:11PM

    Controlled clutter works quit well , as there are many other priorities .

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LOPEYP 7/2/2011 1:54PM

    Like you, a clean house isn't my top priority. I know where everything is though - although it looks like I don't.

Enjoy your time with hubby!

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LINDA! 7/2/2011 1:16PM

    I agree with you. Our family should come first. Not a clean house. I would like a clean house but I enjoy fun and family time more.

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 7/2/2011 12:47PM

    What a great blog! I didn't realize CaptainJerry had written a blog yet! I'll have to go read it! So glad that you read it, Raylin! I loved your blog, by the way, and especially BELIEVE-IT's comment, about "clean clutter"! My grandkids are here right now, and I am certainly ignoring a lot of "clean clutter" at the moment! emoticon

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SEDONACAT 7/2/2011 12:36PM

    Your priorities are in order!

Have a good wknd.

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SUNFLOWERGAL40 7/2/2011 12:03PM

    Amen to the healthy and happy! Sounds like you've got your priorities right! I am trying to do the same as I enjoy the summer at home with my 3 children. I would rather have fun filled memories with them than worrying about the house being spotless!

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GERMANIRISHGIRL 7/2/2011 12:00PM

    Great blog!

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NEW-CAZ 7/2/2011 11:45AM

    Great blog Linda.
I don't mind chaotic mess but can't abide dirty mess, but I have keeping my castle ship shape and Bristol fashion down to an art.....and DH ALWAYS comes first emoticon


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GRANDMACOO 7/2/2011 11:36AM

    My DH lived away for 2 years before he retired; I spent my mornings before work cleaning house. Now that he is home, I spend more time with him. Plus, I can't run the vacuum early because he is still in bed. So, he does most of the vacuuming. Having a clean house is something I always strive for, but the clutter often gets ahead of me. WHERE does all that junk mail come from???

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HEART_N_GRACE 7/2/2011 11:28AM

    Great blog! I think we need to be balanced. A senior friend of mine put it well when my kids were little... she called it "clean clutter" ~ sometimes it can't be avoided. But the clean part is really important to me, mainly because I have learned that, it stays cleaner a lot longer than I realized with little effort, but when it is actually "dirty", I spend way more time at it, strange enough -- it's hard to get to that point, but like looking after our bodies, worth the effort!

Way to have your priorities straight!!!

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DESTINYE 7/2/2011 11:01AM

    Very sweet and lucky man !

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MARTY19 7/2/2011 10:58AM

    At work, I am very organized because I have to be in order to be a good teacher. At home, I am a bet less organized because this is my safe place, It doesn't have to be perfect. I know where everything is.

Love you,
Marty

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SPARKLEIIGHGAL 7/2/2011 10:55AM

    Great blog. I keep promising myself I will get more organised but it doesn't happen - Oh I know - I need to MAKE it happen. DRAT!!!! emoticon

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