I replied and said with a laugh, “I don’t think that is something I will ever say when my children are grown.”
While I certainly appreciate a neat and tidy home, I have also learned that when it comes to young children, you could spend ALL your free time cleaning because things become undone so quickly. This year, we have been working on organizing things differently, purging our home of excess (I took three huge boxes to Goodwill last week) and reshaping our routines to have things a bit neater, but let’s face it, toddlers = mess.
I also am all about quick cleaning tricks, like cleaning our floors with our Swiffer wet jet, wiping down counters quickly with cleaner and coraling toys in baskets.
Last week, I was doing dishes in the kitchen and Adeline and Ezra were sitting on the floor playing. He has fussing, so I asked Adeline to get him a few cheerios. I thought she would grab a small bowl from the cabinet nearby, or feed him out of her hand, but that was not what she did.
Nope, she grabbed the plastic box filled with cereal and simply poured some onto the floor in front him.
“Adeline,” I said with a laugh of disbelief. “Is Ezra a puppy? Do we eat off the floor?”
“NOOOO,” she gleefully responded. “But look, he’s so happy.”
Yes, he was that. I snapped a couple pictures (because it was too hilarious not to document) and then gave her a bowl, asking her to please help Ezra by putting the cheerios in the bowl.
We had just Swiffered the floor so I totally went with the 5-second rule, though it was more like 60-seconds. After all, he is the third kid – ha!
After giving Ezra the bowl, she ran off to get something and I turned my attention back to the dishes. Just a minute later, I heard the sprinkling of cereal. As I should have expected, Ezra had dumped the cheerios back to the floor.
I scooped him up with a kiss and a laugh. “I guess Mama needs to put you in your high chair, huh?”
I put him in his high chair, gave him some fresh cheerios, scooped the twice-dumped handful into the trash and Swiffered the spot again.
Life with toddlers can be messy, but that isn’t a bad thing. Messes often happen because of creativity or problem solving (ie: Ezra was hungry!).
As a mother, I oftentimes catch myself saying no to something because it might make a mess. Lately I have been looking at the upside of messes and trying to say yes more and go with the flow.
I have learned that embracing the mess instead of stressing over it leads to a much happier home.
As a mother, what is your perspective about messes? Do you embrace the mess, stress out about it, or somewhere in between? Any lessons you’ve learned? Please share in the comments below.
This post was sponsored by Swiffer. All mess was our own.