If you’re overwhelmed by Pinterest’s endless supply of tips and tricks to help busy women maintain a flawless home, you’re not alone. Frustrated by the lack of honesty about the less-than-glamorous reality of housekeeping, blogger Meredith Ethington of Perfection Pending took matters into her own hands, and came up with “A Real Mom’s Guide To A Clean House.”
The guide includes hilarious, real-life tips that every mom can relate to. For instance: "Close bedroom doors to your kids' rooms so you forget how messy they are.” And: "Consider dusting, but just laugh.” One of our personal favorites: “Soak dishes in soapy water so it appears you’re going to wash them.”
“I kept seeing these Pinterest guides to keeping a clean house by doing X, Y, and Z every week to make it look spotless, and, I thought, well, I can’t even stay on top of the laundry every week, much less vacuum my couch,” Ethington told The Huffington Post.
Ethington, who has three kids (10, 8, and 5 years old), said she hopes her “real” guide comforts her fellow parents dealing with an unending series of kid messes.
“My biggest goal with my blog has always been to take away the unrealistic expectations we often see on social media, and help moms realize that they don’t have to be perfect at everything to be good parents,” she told HuffPo. “So often we see the pretty side of people’s lives on social media, and often, that pretty side sets us up for feeling like we are failing because we are trying to live up to unrealistic expectations. I just hope it makes a mom feel less alone and like she is doing a good job even if her house doesn’t look like a magazine.”
Check out the guide here and get ready to laugh.