I’m thinking of starting a support group, calling it Moms of Messy kids. It’s craziness around here.
Honestly, I was expecting the messes for the first two years. Spit up, and toys everywhere with little toddlers running around. It’s fine, really.
But now? How is it possible that these little darlings are some how MESSIER now than they were a few years ago?
This Fall, both kids will be in Elementary school, yet we still have toys all in the living room because even though they each have a whole room all to themselves they feel the need to play in the middle of thing house.
We have handprint smudges ALL OVER THE WALLS and I don’t understand how it happens.
They aren’t particularly sticky children. Yet somehow when my gaze wanders over to the walls, about 2 feet above the ground there’s a line of handprints all through the house. Sometimes it’s fingerpaint, sometimes its water and sometimes it’s an unidentified substance that has stuck to them and then stuck to our walls.
I’ve never been a neat freak, but when it comes to things like this, I’ve realized if I don’t get a handle on things, it will only get worse from here, as my kids don’t seem to be naturally learning to stop dragging their smudgy little hands on the walls.
Please…some one tell me it’s not just my kids that do this???
I can’t decide if it’s because I painted our house such bright colors that it’s more obvious or if my kids really are just that messy.
But I’m thankful that my BFF Target has once again saved the day (seriously, how did moms get by before Target was a thing?!).
So, right now you can save at Target with Carwheel the 20% off offer ends soon! Hurry and get your Green Work’s cleaning wipes. These are great for many reasons, they are compostable (yay earth!) and 99% naturally derived. This means, I don’t have to stress about wiping things down and then my kids rubbing their grubby hands all over everything again because there is NO harsh chemical residue.
Previously, I have had to banish them from a room that I was deep cleaning until all the fumes went away and everything had sufficiently dried out. We all know that banishing kids from the room mom is in only leads to HUGE AMOUNTS OF MESSES in whatever room they are hanging out in until mom is done cleaning, so this was a far less than ideal situation. Thanks to Target having my back with deals and stellar products that are safe for my family, we can all be in the same room and those huge messes are now much smaller messes made while I de-grime our walls.
Green Works also has an all-purpose spray which helps with cleaning ALL THE THINGS as well. You guys, I never knew so many things could get dirty…until I had kids. There are parts of our home that I didn’t realize that we had, yet they are somehow covered in dirt and grime from the little urchins. It’s not like we live in squalor or constant messes, it’s just that my tiny humans seek out every sparkling corner of our house and leave their mark.
We have crayon drawings on the brick fireplace, sharpie all over the grown-up art in our house, stickers lovingly placed on various books that we own, LEGO literally everywhere, and of course that friendly line of grime that is right at kid-hand-level throughout the house.
But honsestly? I’ll take it. I know how short these days are.
I know one day there will be no more line of handprints trailing through my house and I’ll miss the surprise stickers and paint that seem to pop up everywhere when I’m not looking.
These are precious days, and while it’s true that my days are filled with a lot more cleaning than I’d prefer them to be, those messes are the marks of my kids getting older, more creative and a whole lot more fun. So I’ll lovingly roll my eyes and smile at every smudge on the walls, as I wipe it off…knowing another will replace moments after I walk away.