It's interesting to hear what others think about this...never knew cleaning house was such a heated subject!
I would say that we are on the cleaner side of the spectrum, I guess it's just 'juvenile clean'. Which means there are crafts drying on the counter, books on the couch from when we read, a lego creation on the playroom floor I CANNOT clean up because dd will flip out.
Sigh. I know I'm being unreasonable. I know that spending time with the kids doing fun things and not worrying about the little messes is better for them, I know my house isn't dirty or even all that messy...I just love those beautiful model home houses and secretly wish I could have that here. We don't have nice furnishing or decorations, because well, one we don't have the money, but also because I don't want to be a freak about the kids breaking or messing them up. But my friends do, and somehow their kids don't break or mess anything up! I do feel very uptight when I go to their houses, because my kids are just so active that I worry about them knocking stuff over or what have you. How do they have breakable things down low with toddlers/preschoolers???
Part of the problem is that my kids move FAST. So, it takes 5-10 minutes to set dd1 up with a craft, then I'm fighting with dd2 to stop climbing up on the table to see what dd1 is doing. DD1 finishes her thing in 5 minutes, and moves on to the next thing. Yes she helps me to clean up, but most of the supplies are out of her reach, so I do have to put those back. In the 5 minutes it takes for me to put that stuff back, dd2 has completely dismantled another room! I have tried to make things as simple as possible, for both dd1 and myself. Making 'spots' for everything, putting little pieces together in their own boxes, ect. Messy things or things with a million pieces are put in a closet, to minimize on the 'grab and dump' play.
I'm wondering, what 'systems' you all have in place that you have found to really help? Here is what we have so far, maybe you could suggest some others?
-eating happens on the table/high chair.
-dd1 takes her plate and cup directly to the counter after eating.
-crafts/messy things are put in a closet, out of reach, so that I keep track or what has come out.
-paint and playdoh happen outside on the patio table.
-we decluttered a TON recently, but maybe I can go through the stuff again and get rid of even more stuff.
-things with little parts and pieces are put into tupperware container on a shelf in the closet, kids rarely open the closet unless I help them.
Anything else? Thanks ladies!