In my book, a clean home is a happy home. Honestly. I think my all time favorite thing about our home is how it feels when it is clean. Having three kids (four if you count my husband, really the biggest kid of all) makes it hard sometimes to actually keep as clean as I’d like. I clean up one room, walk away, and come back to another mess. Just minutes after I had just cleaned up sometimes!
I learned early on that I wasn’t the kind of parent to just let a room stay a mess. When the kids were little I would clean up at nap times and then again at bedtime every day. Our playroom is open to our whole house (not a room where I can just close the door to) and I didn’t want to look at toys strewn all over all day long. It was one thing to see them out & being played with, but to let it stay a mess while the kids were asleep was something I just couldn’t do. The funny thing is, the kids have picked up on this over the years and they now know what is expected before naps (when we actually still lay down to take one from time to time), when we are leaving the house, or before bed. They know where things go and they are usually (they are still kids and of course not always willing) game for picking up their messes when it’s time.
Heck, as I sit here right now typing this out I can hear Tucker in the playroom, dumping a bin of blocks I think, and Lilah said, “guys, you are going to have to clean that up!”. Man, do they know their momma well.
I don’t think I have jeopardized any of the fun my kids can have my expecting them to help keep a tidy home. I think mostly I have instilled in them responsibility and taking care of things that are important to you. What is your take on a clean home & kids? I’d love to hear.
This little video is our clean home yesterday. We had off for Rodeo Day (our little county has celebrated Rodeo Day over Presidents day for before I can even remember. I know, crazy, but such a fun tradition) and the first thing I did was clean the house. I love getting the house cleaned from top to bottom before a weekend, because then I can devote my time to the kids & our family enjoying time in the little space we call home.