Katherine @ Raising 5 had a great post on keeping things picked up with the kids. She asked for readers to share how they deal with the messes that come with kids.
My philosophy is 'PICK YOU BATTLES'. There are certain things that drive me crazy.
*a dirty sink - either with dishes or just not rinsed out
*a sticky floor
*backpacks left in the living spaces
*jackets not hung up (or towels since it is Summer)
*dishes or food garbage left out
Most of the time I can deal with Mr. Potato Head pieces left out, blocks all over the floor, or the kids making a mess in the kitchen. That is unless something else stressful is going on and that one thing leads to a Momma Meltdown.
I want my kids to live, have a good time and make some messes. I also want them to know how to clean those messes up. All the way up. All my kids have chores that they are supposed to do and do do for the most part. They all need encouraging from time to time to make sure their jobs are done.
Yesterday in a very short amount of time we had two big messes. Eli (11) dropped a bowl of milk with cereal. It exploded all over the dining room and into the kitchen. Sticky milk mess. Then Eva (7) dropped a container of watermelon and it exploded on the other side of the kitchen. Sticky fruity mess. My flesh wanted to scream. But they were both accidents. They cleaned and helped clean up the messes and all is OK. Mom didn't freak (this time). My house may not always be tidy, but it is mostly clean. ;o)
With this many people living in the house and friends here all the time the house is going to get messy. That is OK. I found for my sanity I need to know what is important, what are my triggers, and live accordingly.