Hello, my Gals!
With all we have going on in our lives. Keeping one kid alive and well is a full time job in and of itself, never mind two or more.
And keeping the house clean on top of that just seems like a lot of extra work.
I’m not supposed to be on social media as much these days, so I’ve been on Pinterest a bit to save recipes I’ll definitely make and DIY’s I will absolutely get to, and also to just find some information to accompany the tumbleweeds that now occupy my Mom-brain.
And through my scrolling my Pinterest page has decided I need to see a bunch of perfectly pretty magazine homes because I needed something else to feel inadequate about.
As I was scrolling my feed one day, making sure to keep perfectly still within visual range of the Tyrannosaurus Mess that was my kitchen (it can’t see you if you don’t move…), I found myself wondering how these people do it. Take all these candid pictures of their multiple young kids without even a crumb on the floor or a smudge on the wall.
And then it hit me. I’d found the secret to keeping the house looking Pinter-istine while at the same time keeping two or more kids alive and in line!
Keep reading to find out!
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lol CLICKBAIT! There is no secret. The reality is, those posts most likely are not reality. Just like many Instagram Models, those house pictures are likely photoshopped and staged.
Unless you have an Au Pair or live-in maid, chances are your house is more likely than not doomed to be somewhat of a hot mess for the foreseeable future.
But hear me out!
No matter how much you clean up around the house, if you spend any quality time with them at all, aside from feeding them, bathing them, keeping them clothed, and putting your oxygen mask on in between, chances are your living room looks like this, too:
Now I do try to keep things looking somewhat kempt around here. But I’m sure you all know most of the time cleaning up is like shoveling against the tide, especially the younger your kids are.
Of course I make sure the basics are done, dishes, kitchen and bathrooms sanitary, and living room free of trip hazards. But beyond that is beyond me the majority of the time.
Making my bed, organizing the mail, having closets without junk piled up to the ceiling…all those bells and whistles? You most likely won’t find it at Casa Ruiz.
If I think about it, technically I could keep up with the house. Technically, I could find the time. Technically, I could get more than one load of laundry done (and only washed once because I would remember to switch it over…unlike the musty load that’s currently in my washer from yesterday…).
But if I took all the time I have between feedings, changings, potty trips (attempts), and all that extra stuff, I’d never be able to get any writing done, for myself and for “work.” Not only that, but I’d miss out on all of the book readings, all of the smiles, all of the first time displays of new skills, and just generally time with my babies that I will never, ever, ever get back…we all know babies don’t keep.
Here’s what I think.
IMHO, as long as the house is free of food filth and generally hygienic, pee is cleaned up off the living room floor, and there’s a clear path towards the door in case of emergency, you’re doing just fine.
You might be like me and not be too bothered by clutter, or you might be my Bizzaro and have to have things spotless at all times.
Either way, you got to admit, it takes energy to keep it clean the more kids you have. Energy that can be really hard to come by. Energy that could be better used towards other things.
It might be rough right now, but the house won’t be messy forever. Sooner (much sooner) than you think, those little heckians running around making a pig sty of your home will actually be your little assistants and will be able to help you clean up around the house.
Although, if you start them early enough, you might get a little help around the house sooner than later 😉
One day you’re going to look around at your pristine home and feel your eyes sting with tears, wishing you could look at your living room floor and see a wrinkled tummy time blanket, a million blocks, and yes, even crumbs across it again.
Because that meant your babies were still babies. And you’re going to miss that.
So yes, please do your best to keep it clean. But don’t stress about it being perfect.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it now, because the adage is too, too true: The days are long, but the years are short…
What do you gals think? Am I way wrong and it’s totally possible to keep a museum-level cleanliness of the home, while taking care of the little ones? Or are you with me on this one? What are some hacks you might have to keep things a little less chaotic in the cleaning department? Don’t pull a Gandalf and “Keep your secrets!”
Thanks for reading, my gals! 😘😘
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4 thoughts on “How To Keep The House “In-Law Clean” With Kids (2 Under 2)”
I can make approximately two rooms look nice for a minute but if I try to go for another room, forget it. By the time I get done with that one, the little savages have already destroyed the other two. I don’t get the moms who have museum-like homes. They either clean at night when the kids are in bed (ha! no way, no how), spend the entire day everyday cleaning, practice minimalism, or have a neat-freak husband (not blessed with one of those). If there’s a 5th strategy out there, I’d like to know what it is because my mother-in-law IS actually coming in a few weeks!
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LOL! I LOVE THIS! I also had two under two…. wholey crap there’s a massive difference going from one top two! I started my blog up April 2019. I can’t work to brachial plexus injury (right arm doesn’t work) & severe head injury in 2013. Since then, I had a baby in 2017, married 2018, another kid 2019. I would love to interact if you get a chance! aquoonline.com
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Haha it’s honestly like shoveling against the tide! 😂 We do what we can! Anyone who judges clearly either hasn’t been there or doesn’t remember!
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I’m sorry to hear about your injury! 🙁 But good for you picking up blogging! It’s been fun for me. 😁 A great outlet. And yes that would be great, I’ll look you up now! 😘