Life with small kids is hectic. There is very little time to get it all done every day. One thing that is a nagging constant is the mess. Whether it be from crumbs, toys or sticky fingerprints, the mess lingers and continues on.
I think it’s not that we have to clean regularly that gets to us. What can be the most daunting, is when the mess comes back, right after we just cleaned.
- Sticky jelly spots on the carpet that you just shampooed.
- Muffin crumbs all over the kitchen floor that you just swept.
- Toys scattered everywhere after you just put them away (for the third time that day).
These are just a few of the many ways that living with small kids is a never ending mess. It’s not that you aren’t trying, you are. You clean up things all day, every day. It’s just hard to see it.
In order to have a picture-perfect immaculate house, you would literally have to walk behind your kids with a tiny vacuum, wet wipes, a trash can, and a toy basket. At all times.
That is not only kind of silly but definitely impossible. Sometimes I joke that if I didn’t have to sleep, eat or do anything else, my house would look perfect. Obviously, that is never going to happen.
So what do we do?
We pick our battles. We clean when we can and as much as we can. Every once in a while, ignore the mess for a little bit and do something fun instead.
- Text a friend and catch up.
- Build a fort with your kids.
- Watch a movie with the family.
I am not going to say never clean again. That would be crazy! I do think we are all hard on ourselves, though.
Expectations of cleaning the house and keeping it clean always and forever–as in, every second of the day, is a lot to take on.
It’s been said many times that the kids grow up and move out and along with them, goes the mess.
Right now, it doesn’t feel like I will miss the mess when it’s gone. I might, though. Because each little mess was made by sweet little hands that belong to my kids.
When the kids are older, I will definitely miss those sweet little hands.
I know it’s hard. Sometimes it’s really, really hard–and exhausting, just know that you are not alone.
Take a break, drink some coffee and enjoy your kids while they are still little. ❤️