Friday, May 27, 2011

Confess the Mess

Children are messy. Babies; not so much. But at around 9 and a half months things seem to get messier and messier. Self feeding begins, crawling begins, never ending mess begins.

It has taken a LOT for me to become accustomed to more mess and learn to just let it go to a certain extent. I thought I would share with some like minded OCD mothers some of my 'coping with mess' mechanisms.

* Confine the mess to one or two rooms. Keeping one room tidy and clean will keep your sanity for a little longer 

* If you have the energy, do a tidy through before bed time. Waking up to a messy house is like waking up on the wrong side of the bed. 

* If you don't have the energy before bed, write a big list of everything that needs to be done. It will make tackling what seems to be an insurmountable pile of mess the next day a little more achievable. 

* If you do just one thing; let it be the washing. Getting behind on washing, especially in winter is horrid. Many days I have been struggling to find a dry t-shirt and pants. Make washing number one on the list.

* Get out of there. If the mess is getting to you, leave the house and make a mess elsewhere- the park, shopping, someone Else's house (not really, or...really). 

* Don't underestimate the power of a big weekly clean. If you need to let it go, let it go until 'cleaning day'. 

* Lacking motivation? Crank the tunes and consider it exercise. Vigorous housework burns calories! 

* Just breathe. Get the chocolate, get into bed and remember that mess will always be around. Your 11 month old baby however; you wont get those moments back.

So, maybe this post was more to convince myself to ignore the current state of my house and to encourage me to tackle it tomorrow. How do you deal with mess and children? Any quick tips?

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