I’ll be the first to admit, I’m not the most organized person there is–just take a look at my work desk, papers, cards, folders–anything you can think of, splattered everywhere. I’m not exactly proud of it but I will say this, despite that, I know where EVERYTHING is. Sounds crazy right? That’s just the way I like it. In fact, overly organized people at work irk me. How DO they find time to do anything? I would need double the time to get everything organized…not exactly my idea of productivity.
With that said however, I do want to add that this does NOT apply to my home life. In fact, clutter at home literally gives me anxiety. Whether in the kitchen, living room/dining room, bathroom, or bedroom, I try to minimize clutter and messes as much as I can. So you can imagine how having a messy, rambunctious toddler has really tested my patience.
It took a few months before I was able to accept that our place will NEVER be 100% clean again…or at least not until the kids are older and/or moved out :-D. Trying to keep up with cleaning up messes around the house became my obsession and literally one of my greatest sources of stress. I knew that I needed to change my though process if I ever wanted peace–or sleep ever again.
I made a list of the top 4 ways I’ve been minimizing stress about the mess!
1.Deal with messes as they happen-– instead of letting everything pile up, address the issue right away . Don’t let dishes, mail, or dirty clothes pile up. Clean dishes right after using them when you can, address mail the same day it comes in instead of letting it pile up, and finally, instead of letting 16 loads of laundry pile up (guilty!!!), try and wash 1 or 2 loads every couple of days. It sounds difficult to have to do everything at once but for me, it’s helped tremendously with cutting down on the stress. Try it for yourself!
2.Prevent messes when you can. It isn’t always possible to prevent crumbs and food particles from falling on the floor when my toddler eats–but using a tarp or newspapers at the bottom of his highchair has really helped make clean ups a lot easier and less stressful. I don’t even have to get the broom out anymore most days :-).
3.Replace toddler toys often. My Husband and I have the tendency to just keep buying toys for my toddler and letting them all pile up, even the ones he no longer enjoys or plays with. I’ve made it a habit now that each time I buy a him a toy, I get rid of (store, sell, or giveaway) a couple that he’s either outgrown or doesn’t like.
4.Accept the mess. Accept that there are going to be days when you are too tired or busy to clean…and that’s OK! striving for perfection is never healthy for anyone. I have found that focusing on other things like getting personal work done or playing with my Son really does help me get my mind off the mess. If even for a little while!
And for all those “other” messes we hate to clean, I let Huggies take care of that! After countless hours of trying to potty train my nearly 2 year old, I have decided to wait until he’s ready. So for now, we are still using our beloved Huggies which save the day every time.
We’re now using the Snug & Dry since they have up to 12-hours of protection from leaks and fit snuggly so I don’t have to worry about “surprise messes” appearing all over my carpet, no thank you.
…And the only wipe I will EVER use again which we have been using since day one, have been the Huggies “One & Done” wipes. I don’t have to use a lot during diaper changes and they stay strong so I don’t have to worry about getting poop all over myself…a double win for this Mom.
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