If you haven’t been here yet, I promise that you will be here soon – cleaning while your kids are awake and ready for action. Holy moly b’ys!!
Today’s lunch left us with a larger than normal amount of dishes, so while I was taking care of the mess I set my kids up in the living room with their leap pads. They were fairly quiet while I was working in the kitchen and seemed to be content when I checked in on them. During the final five minutes of my chore, something happened. The only explanation I can offer is perhaps an indoor tornado. After finally finishing up in the kitchen, I went into the living room…or rather disaster area! There were costumes and other dress up items scattered everywhere along with my daughter’s prized collection of nick knacks. I stood in the doorway completely dumbfounded. How did this happen? They were so quiet! Usually a session of dress up is accompanied with the typical “I’m a princess!” or “Rawr! I’m a dragon!” After my brain had finally processed what had happened, I sent the kids to their room to get ready for an afternoon nap while I cleaned the living room.
It took me about ten minutes to clean up the latest mess. I will confess that I was REALLY looking forward to their nap time! Once I had finished, I went upstairs only to discover that the indoor tornado had hit my children’s bedroom. I mean…come on!!! My kids look at me like deer caught in the headlights. A couple of deep breaths later and I was able to calmly request that they quickly tidy up their room.
Most times, I don’t mind a little mess here and there around the house. Hey, I have two small kids right? There’s bound to be the odd Buzz Lightyear, Toothless or Princess Sofia laying around. I really don’t mind that. What I mind are the “everything everywhere” messes…especially when I have a schedule to keep.
By this point, you’re thinking that I have some grand solution to all of this. You’re thinking “here it comes…the big hidden secret to keeping a clean house!!” Sorry to disappoint you, however I’m a firm believer that messes come with the territory of raising a family. My advice? Simply accept it. If I were to devote the majority of my time cleaning my house, sure I could have a perfectly clean house all of the time but where’s the fun in that? Kids will be kids and kids, generally, are a bit messy. Most will learn to keep things neat and tidy as they grow, but while they’re young I would rather spend my time doing fun things with them rather than clean 24/7.
So embrace those small messes my friends! Be not afraid of naysayers who look down upon you. Anyone who would judge you for some misplaced toys clearly does not have kids. 😉