Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Things that make you go hmmmm...

How does this:




Become this:



In less than five minutes?


But it takes about twenty to clean it up? And the bigger question -- why do I continue to clean it? What's that definition of insanity again?

41 comments:

  1. How did you get in my house to take a picture? LOL :)

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  2. Thank GOD I am not the only one who deals with this!!! I always try and remind myself of the saying "cleaning up after kids is like trying to shovel while it's still snowing". There is no point!!! :)

    Love your blog!

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  3. It's like the Tazmanian Devil comes through isn't it?? I often wonder why I bother picking up and training my 3 year old to do it (or even my 7 or 9 year old) hasn't worked very well.

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  4. My 4 year old does this, too...the thing is..our 13 year old never did...he was so good about his toys, so this is a new thing for me...and I'm older and crankier now, lol..dang! Can't wait til he is done with toys and I can start donating them:)

    Bella

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  5. Yep. I clean up the same mess. EVERY.FREAKING.DAY.

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  6. That is my life. You could come to my house right now and see the exact same thing.

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  7. Hey, gf!!! Just remember they are only little once!! You sound just like me. I can't stand a mess. But, cleaning it once a day is a great achievement!!! Enjoy your beautiful son!!

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  8. I ask myself that everyday, why do I clean it as soon as I turn around it will be all over the place again,,,hugs, lisa

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  9. it's so true! I have buckled down lately and make my toddlers clean up but it takes so much longer than doing it myself! I love your blog!

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  10. Yea my entire house does that sometimes...

    I really love your blog! I'm one of the editors of Blissfully Domestic and we're looking for contributors for our Creative Bliss channel. Interested? We'd love to have you join our team! Email me at sylvia{at}blissfullydomestic{dot}com

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  11. I remember those days haha but let me tell you it doesn't get better!

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  12. Oh gosh, I can soooo relate! This is my life. Sometimes I just give up trying to keep toys picked up. Then one day I get motivated to start all over, but it takes me about a day to get it all back in order. Why do I do that to myself?

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  13. My children are in college and the only difference is their toys change.... LOL JUST JOKING... Not really! LOL When they come home from college, everything drops at the front door (camping gear, sorority stuff, clothes and etc.), hugging starts and all the front door stuff is forgotten, just as it was when they were children! I miss them and their friends when they are gone.... Remember that and smile as you pick up each piece!

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  14. Right there with you girlie. Can you say FRUSTRATION!!! I actually have a play room right now with a fort that needs to be put away and two little ones who procrastinate like crazy in an effort to get out of it.

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  15. Oh, no! There are hidden cameras in my house!

    Wait, that's not my couch.

    Hey, if you figure out how to make it stop, please SHARE!

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  16. Hear, hear! Livin' the never-ending-clean-up-toys life at my house, too. :)

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  17. Looks exactly like my living room.

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  18. It could be insanity! I know that's how I feel when I do it every day!!!

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  19. As everyone else has said, you're sooo not alone in that battle. And, the thing is, some days I just don't care. LOL When it spills over into the kitchen, then we've got to clean it up.

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  20. I too can relate to your post!

    I have a four-year old daughter and her play room was a disaster, she wouldn't tidy up and I was getting so frustrated.

    You know what I did? When she was at school, I went into her play room and stuck about 3/4 of her toys in a box and put it in the basement.

    When she came home, she didn't even notice the missing toys...and still doesn't and that was four weeks ago.

    She actually thanked me and said "Oh mommy! Thank you so much for organizing my play room!"

    In hindsight, I have realized that I have given her too many toys and she was too overwhelmed to keep them tidy.

    Anyway, I just thought I would share my experience.

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  21. I think my brain actually leaves my body when I pick up after my son. I really can't remember doing it but I know I have at least 5 times...before lunch :) Thanks for stopping by! I'm planning a giveaway soon for a monogrammed mug, keep checking back!

    -Hayley

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  22. Jill, you know, that is so true. I've heard that kids like it much better with less -- they can concentrate more on specific toys instead of going from one to the next. I've weeded out some of his to the basement and his room too, so they are at least spread out. His birthday is coming up and I can't WAIT to go through all of these and pack up half of them! Just time to get MORE!!

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  23. You ladies are cracking me UP by the way. I knew I wasn't alone in this but it's so nice to hear other moms say it too!! :) God Bless our Peanuts.

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  24. If you figure it out, please let me know!!! The destruction is amazing sometimes! And I pick up the same things over and over....only to do it again!

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  25. In my house, it is called a rugrat times 2! (3 and 2 year old)


    I have learned to close their bedroom door.

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  26. I don't get it either! When you figure it out be sure to let all us moms know!!!!

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  27. Thanks for stopping by. I think it's my 1st time over to your place. I don't know the answer to your question, but if I weren't so ashamed, I'd show you a picture of my bonus room right now, and it would make you feel ALOT better about the toys. I'm loving that paint color. I'm looking for something similar for my dining room. Do you mind sharing the color? I hope to one day be as brave as you & start decorating full-time. Hubby says I'm so good at spending his $$, I need to start spending someone else's!

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  28. I thought that only happened in my house :0)

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  29. Hey I have an idea, that I used to do...I had 3 small little ones, now in college, you will miss this I promise. Anyhoodle...I had 2 rectangular baskets side to side with lids, we are talking the size of a toy chest. Everynight, we would set the minute timer (of course I had to help) and we would put toys in the baskets as fast as possible. This became a routine, then we would tickle and giggle at the end to make it fun...Every mom deals with this, don't get discouraged.
    Blessings,
    Debbie

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  30. This is so like my house and my youngest is 7!!!! Her room is a disaster area! That's where I plan on working tonight and cleaning out clothes that don't fit anymore and toys she doesn't play with! Hopefully it will last a while!
    BTW I love your blog! I have it linked on mine and keep telling so many people they need to check out your awesome ideas!

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  31. Woah! Which hurricane hit your living room? Very funny post. Thanks for sharing.

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  32. It takes your kids 5 minutes? Mine can do it in 3 flat. You DO NOT want to see my living room right now. I don't even know where to start.

    Glad I'm not alone.

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  33. I'm glad that you have the same problem I do. I say my kids don't play, they dump! Even my nine year old can make a mess quicker than anyone I've ever seen.

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  34. That's why I'm a mean mom :) and only have toys in the bedroom!

    Love your skills! You and I have a lot in common in that area...I LOVE decorating and recreating!

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  35. It look's like my living room. Just like it. :))

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  36. I think my twins broke into your house and left their signature......

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  37. I'm so right there with you... I do, sometimes, not bother to pick up all the toys... but it makes the whole next day seem to drag a bit... like it starts out messy or something. LOL.

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  38. I have a 23 month too and this happens daily, in fact, hourly!

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  39. This TOTALLY cracked me up! My kids have a nice bonus room to play in and BOOM! The toy shelf, box and any container in the room throws up. It's like the big bang. I've given up. If you find a pretty solution that's affordable...please share it! With three boys my whole house would look like that in a day. BLESS YOU!`

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