Is your house spotless today? Mine is not!
My home is clean. I like to keep it clean- especially the kitchen (nothing that a roll of Sparkle and a bottle of cleaner won’t take care of!), but it is rarely spotless because I have kids and we like to play! It is a A kid friendly home.
Today our kids had EVERY SINGLE pillow from EVERY SINGLE room of the house all piled up in our living room, as they made their daily “fort”. They had blankets thrown over it and secret passageways in it.
I wanted to write this post to tell you that just because you have been following my 40 days to an organized house series and I may have my home “organized”, it does not mean that it is always “pristine”.
If you walked into my home when my kids are awake, you would see Superhero costumes on the ground…
You would see cut up paper on the table from the kids making crowns to be a King, forts in our living room, sippy cups on the table and kids running around.
You would see kids building fun things, like Dinosaurs out of toilet paper rolls…
You would hear: Laughing, Feet running on the ground, whining (of course!), phones ringing, kids talking in their “make-believe” voices and kids saying “CHEESE” as I snap some pictures here and there during their playtime.
As my Mom said, when we were talking about this post: If your house is like a showcase all of the time, but your children aren’t comfortable in it, what is the point?
Let your children play! Our kids know that we pick up when we are done, but that doesn’t have to be done right away. If they are playing with a board game and decide to use the little candy-land people or superheros to play pretend in their room (riding on their matchbox cars), who am I to stop their imagination?
Yesterday our kids were shirt-less, covered in blue shaving cream. We did a science experiment and we decided to cover our counter-tops with the shaving cream. We drew in it, wrote in it, played in it. Our kids wanted to be “Santa” and put it on their faces. Yes, it got on our chairs (and yes it wipes right off). Yes, it got on our floors (and yes it wipes right up). Yes, it got on their pants (and yes they come clean in the washer). Yes- THEY HAD A BLAST (and yes, I did, too!) They drew a few fun faces in it, too.
If they want to make “Monster Soup” (a giant bowl with a little bit of EVERYTHING in it- spices, sprinkles, food, paper, water, ice cubes…), while I am making dinner, why not let them! Let the creativity flow… or at least let them use their DIY creativity box!
They do clean up after themselves and do their own age-appropriate chores. They do keep their rooms clean (with this rule), I do clean our house daily with my daily cleaning list and I like it to be well taken care of.
Having an organized home is great because it keeps our life running smoothly so that I DON’T have to stop & clean. I Don’t have to stop & yell. I don’t have to stress-out about the mess. I know that this is their playground, their learning-place, their comfort zone… their home.
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