Hidden Clutter

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Hidden Clutter

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Hidden Clutter

Written by Luz Leigh - 14 February 2009

Today I had a surprise visit from a lady who once lived in our neighborhood for more than thirty years, but it had been many years since she had graced my home. Upon entering, she looked around and paid me a compliment when she said, "Your house is so neat." That pleased me, for you see, I'm not a neat-freak when it comes to housekeeping. Needless to say, I did not allow her to venture past the living room. She had accompanied her brother who had come on business, so she was content to remain in the living area.

When the brother followed me into my home office/computer room, his comments were not exactly as complimentary. "This place looks just like my girl friend's office. How do you women ever find anything?" I didn't bother to explain that among all this clutter is an organizational system that only I understand.

As I shared these comments with a friend, I asked him if there is a Proverb in the Bible that would fit my lifestyle as to my housekeeping habits. Just in case there is not, I have invented one. In Proverbs according to Sister Saint Sara, Chapter 1, Verse 10, we find "Be prepared for company, but enjoy your messy house."

The interpretation of that proverb is this. Don't get stressed out if everything isn't in its place ALL the time; it's ok for the newspapers to be left laying on the couch overnight, just don't leave a week's worth left to clutter the room. Unwashed dishes; hmmm, as long as they are below the level of the top of the sink, it's acceptable. No one can see this from the den, so the thing to do is keep visitors out of your kitchen if you have dirty dishes.

The one clutter that is acceptable is lots of photos of your family members, from your grandparents down to the most recent grandchild. Call attention to them if your guests don't seem to be noticing them ... but you don't want them to get toooo close unless you know you just dusted that very morning.

Unless you are insensitive to comments such as the one made by the gentlemen mentioned earlier, never allow guests into you computer room, craft area, workshop, kitchen or other areas of your life where "messy is best." Try to keep one room that is neat and confine your guests to that area, unless it is the bathroom. That might not work. Was that a knock at the door? Please let it be someone understanding of my disheveled looks; they match my home.

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