Jessa Duggar Seewald’s Relatable Messy House Photos Bring Out the Mommy Shamers

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Jessa Duggar Seewald, who rose to fame with her family on TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting, is now a married mom of two boys, Spurgeon and Henry. Along with her own family, she’s got her own show, too, with her sister: Jill and Jessa: Counting On.

Like most moms with two under two, this reality star is finding housework LAST on her to-do list. I LOVE that this mama was down-to-earth enough to post pics of her messy house on Instagram earlier this week.

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She posted multiple photos with this relatable caption detailing her mess:

This is real life, y’all. 😆❤ *swipe left to see more pics of my house today in all its shining glory*
1.) 6+ loads of laundry piled on the guest bed… can we just take a moment to celebrate the fact that it’s CLEAN laundry. 😂

2.) Side table that probably hasn’t been dusted in at least 6 months. 

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3.) Henry’s dried spit up on my side of the bed, that I’ve slept on for who knows how many nights. 

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4.) Handprints on the mirror, and Spurgeon’s beautiful artwork that happened when he found a pen that was left out. 

5.) Pile of diapers on the top of my dresser… pretty sure these all collected in the past 12 hours. 

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6.) Blocks scattered again, not bc Spurgeon was building with them… just bc it’s like his favorite thing to dump them out and hear them clang on the hardwood floors. Haha!

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7.) Sink full of dishes. 

8.) Oil splatters and food particles on the stovetop. Probably has been a few months since it’s been wiped down. 

9.) Toddler handprint on the fridge door. 💙

10.) Dust collection on the front of the HVAC intake…ha! But hey, at least we’re replacing the filter every month! 🙈 

Then, Jessa Duggar Seewald took a moment to explain just how she’d let the mess get out of hand:

“There’s a never ending to-do list. Some of these tasks have been accomplished today, others haven’t. (We have guest staying with us over the weekend, so that’s a motivation to prioritize the laundry on the guest bed. 😄)
Some of y’all may be thinking, “C’mon now, it only takes a few min to dust or wipe down a mirror…” I know, it is so. 
My reminder today has been that the same is true of the needs of the little people in our lives. I might think “I don’t have time right now.” But it only takes a few min… here and there. A few mins here, spent cuddling a fussy baby. A few mins there, singing lullabies as a toddler drifts off to sleep. 5 mins here, to read a book. 10 min there, engaging in imaginative play. Not trying to pit a clean house against interaction with kids– sometimes both are possible, tho often they do seem in opposition to one another 😂. Just remember, whatever projects are pulling at your time and attention today, don’t forget to make time for the people around you. These are the memories that will last forever. 💙💙”

While many like myself appreciated Seewald’s candidness, the “Mommy Shamers” naturally jumped at the chance to do what they do best: shame.

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I’m rolling my eyes ay you, Shamers! Happily, there were many other SUPPORTIVE comments as well! Because OBVIOUSLY!

Still, Seewald felt the need to respond, and did so gracefully:

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I don’t know about you, but housekeeping has NEVER been my strong suit, and I appreciate that Jessa Duggar Seewald was brave enough to share her reality and encourage us all to keep savoring time with the kids over the super-high standards pushed on moms by social media. Will it have to be cleaned up at some point? SURE. But is cleanliness REALLY next to godliness? Umm..I don’t think you’ll find that ANYWHERE in the Bible.

Have you ever been mommy shamed? What was your response?
Photos: Instagram @jessaseewald

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Jenny Rapson
Jenny Rapson is a follower of Christ, a wife and mom of three from Ohio and a freelance writer and editor. You can find her at her blog, Mommin' It Up, or follow her on Twitter.