Saturday, March 12, 2011

Lots of Tiny Messes Making for a Messy House

I love it that my kids are imaginative, creative, and honestly...pretty wacky. It's great that they are constantly creating new "games". They play puppies, homeless kids (set in different places, an alley, the dump, and other depressing type settings...as imagined from their centrally heated suburban home), they are super heroes, or shop owners. Today they are using some cardboard from recent online purchases to turn one of their bedrooms into a clubhouse. The styrofoam from inside, a mansion for their action figures, pet shop pets, etc.

I honestly do love it.

But, but, but...did you feel the but coming?!

Nice and neat

It is such a MESS! I love toys in their categorized bins. Labeled and tidily stacked on shelves. I enjoy clean floors and sorted toys and tidy rooms. It just doesn't happen very often without a lot of work on my part.


Can you see what's under the step stool? Take a closer look...

Apartment living at its finest, Wall E's come for tea...

I struggle for the balance between nagging them about picking up and sitting back to enjoy their creative process. They just ran past, I think this morning they are super heroes. Apparently my little guy can turn people into lemons...his sister can turn into a baby wolf or a grown-up wolf. They are currently howling at the moon.

Last night's adventure,
turning packing materials into a luxury condo...


The pet shop friends scored a corner penthouse suite...


Who needs a clean house when you can have fun like that!

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5 comments:

Jen said...

Ha ha - I can completely relate. I love cleaning and organizing...but putting everything back exactly as MOM wants it is not anyone's top priority in this house. I'm learning to just be happy if they manage to keep the floor somewhat clean.

Thanks for the nice words...moving has been so much harder on me than I thought. As much as I know this was the best decision for our family (and it was) and as happy as the kids are, I hit periods where I just miss my "home" and friends too much!

Nik-Nak said...

Geez I hate cleaning my house just to have it get messed up again. But then I have to think to myself, "Self, at least she is making 'happy' messes".

Nan | WrathOfMom said...

Clean floors & perfect lawns -- these things will have to wait til the kids are grown and you are retired.

Jenifer said...

Oh I can relate too! Sometimes it drives me crazy, sometimes I can put up with it. As the girls have gotten older they have gotten much better at putting their stuff away. They don't like it any better, but they are better at it!

Aliki2006 said...

Oh yes, I can relate as well. I like the motto: "A place for everything, and everything in its place" but I can't seem to get my kids to appreciate the wisdom behind those words!