In truth I might not be the tidiest of woman and 5 days out of 6 you will fall over discarded blankets and toys (well till 7:30pm… after that if I find it on the floor, its mine) in the living room to get to the stairs. I have clutter and I love my clutter… each piece tells a story from the little wooden cat with its bell to the white ceramic horse (hubbies, I claim no responsibility for that one) But yes we do not live in a minimalist home… and that’s just it, it IS a home not just a house.
The thing is that even though there is a heap of clutter its clean (most days)! Being the only woman in the house meant making peace with the fact that 9 times out of 10 I will need to put the toilet seat down when I go to the loo, but at least that means that both men in our house is capable of lifting the seat without problems (lets be honest not even a sharp shooter gets it all in the bowl every time).
So the neighbors boys are a near permanent fixture in our home every afternoon and it pains me to say but I have now twice gone to the loo not knowing one of them had beaten me to it… my boys (young and old) clean up after themselves should their aim have been off, so I didn’t check before sitting… Sitting accidentally in your own child’s mess is one thing… sitting in another kids…. no no no… just plain NO!
Kids need to learn from an early age to clean up after themselves…age appropriate cleaning does not mean you are using your child as slave labor, it really is OK to ask your kid to pick up their own toys at age 2, when they reach age 4 they are completely capable of putting their clothes in the wash basket and by 8 I expect a child should know how to assist in doing dishes, they should really know how to clean their own rooms and lend a hand with the cooking…
Lets be honest boys and girls will at some point become men and woman… do you really want to send your child into the world with no knowledge of basic cleaning and cooking? I pride myself in the fact that Tris can clean up after himself… this does not mean I sit back with a glass of wine and watch him scrub the floor with a toothbrush, we work as a team. Come on mommies just basic skills and your child will be able to hold his or her head high when he or she heads into the REAL world… and hopefully I never need to sit in your child’s… arg still just NO!