Sometimes it feels like all I do is clean. When you have a toddler who always wants the one toy at the bottom of the toy box, and two elementary school kids who become all but paralyzed when it’s time to tidy up, how can anyone possibly expect you to ever have a clean house?
Basically it looks like Toys-R-Us and Hobby Lobby had a baby, and then that baby came over and threw up all over my house. But my husband can’t stand walking into that chaos, and so it’s better if I at least make it look like I tried.
Most days it seems like a daunting task to get the living room straightened up before my husband walks in the door. All that bending over trying to pick everything up! After nearly giving up on cleaning anything at all, I figured out the perfect system for a quick clean up and no headache.
First, I sweep everything in a pile in front of the stairs. Yes, everything. Anything that is on the floor is getting swept up into basically the biggest dirt pile you’ve ever seen.
Then I sit my butt right down on the stairs with a garbage bag in hand and go through it.
First, I pick up the biggest and most obvious pieces of garbage. Suddenly, the pile looks a lot smaller and more manageable.
Next, I pick up the Legos. There are always Legos.
Anything that needs to go upstairs I just set on the bottom step, off to the side. I’m not walking up stairs, that’s what kids are for.
Usually there’s a few crayons and pencils in there so I throw them in the bucket of random writing utensils in the kitchen. Dishes get tossed in the sink, shoes get tossed on the shoe rack.
Then, I sweep up the rest of the dirt and garbage into a much much smaller pile.
Now it’s time to look for the dust pan. I usually spend at least two minutes doing this until I either give up and use a thin piece of cardboard or I find it in a random place such as under a pile of papers on the table.
I take my dust pan, or cardboard facsimile, and sweep up the rest of the trash and toss it in the garbage can.
It’s not perfect, but it’s totally acceptable.