One of the hardest adjustments for me when I became a mother was the change in the look of my home and adjusting to now owning and taking care of a messy home. It went from being a simple organised home with just Matt and I, to in a few short years a home full of cherubs, toys and mess. See above ^^^ this is what happens when one of my children decides to take a minute to find one item!
This took a lot of adjusting to on my part and over the years I have come to find a comfortable balance with it. Now I have to say that when I am talking about a messy home, that is different, I am not talking about an un-hygenic home, but a home with general toys and books and clothes and other items that come with having children.
No matter how organised your home is, no matter how many baskets you store items in, children will create mess as they play, grow, learn and create. It is important to let children explore and to be creative and it is a vital part of their development as children. The down side of this is that it involves mess!
How we feel about it as parents also determines how creative our children will be. If they know they are allowed to make a mess, within reason here, they will feel free to be more creative. Over time I have seen my fair share of cupboards completely emptied, book shelves emptied, toy boxes tipped out, fridges raided and whole rooms destroyed. My children know and have all been taught from a young age that if you are going to make a mess you need to either clean it up yourself or help me clean it up. They know they need to be responsible for the actions and mess that they make.
This has taken pressure off of me to clean up every single mess in my home myself - which some days is more than I can handle! Of course when my children we very young, it did drive me crazy as they were too young to clean up all of the mess but most young children can pick up a block and put it in a box or basket. It is all about being consistent and training.
Now that my children are a little older they still know they can make a mess, play and have fun but they need to be responsible for cleaning it up afterwards. They make cubby houses in the lounge, build towers with blocks, set up shops and create many fun spaces and know they need to clean up afterwards. I love seeing them being creative and the mess doesn't seem as bad when I keep that in mind as a mother.
So tell me: How did you handle adjusting to a messy home?