I love being a mom. I love being home because it is my passion to give my children the freedom to be imaginative, creative, and independent at their own personal pace.
I love having a fridge with water in the door because it means my kids can get themselves a drink of water whenever they need one from a very young age. It seems like a small thing, but is pretty big to a three year old. The only problem is that I have, or had, to get them a cup because they’re in a high cabinet. They do the pull-a-chair method at times, but I remember as a child always climbing onto the cabinets and getting whatever I needed. I know it sounds a little strange, but it always felt fun. The independence as well as being up high was cool. I’ve actually wondered why my kids didn’t do that. I thought maybe I was older when I did it.
Now I know why. The counters were too covered in junk.
Since I cleared off the counter directly under the cabinet with the cups, my 5yo has figured out this method on his own. I know it’s weird, but that makes me tear up. My kids are VERY creative. People are often amazed at their incredible imaginations. They are generally good problem-solvers. But my clutter has been a block. They can’t be everything they are capable of when there’s junk everywhere.
Not coincidentally, they’re playing like crazy this morning in our very clean house. Imaginations soar when they are freed from clutter.