Top 10 Signs Your House is a Mess

April 16, 2009

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I finally realized that one of the challenges of homeschooling is that my kids are home all day, which mean they are not only learning at home with me, but they are making messes at home.  (See this post on some ideas to make chore time more fun and productive.)

And one of the greatest coping mechanism is having a bit of humor, so you laugh instead of cry when you see something like #4.  Enjoy!

Top 10 Signs Your House is a Mess

  1. You smile when you hear your kids having a blast playing a new game, until you hear what it is:  See who can get from the front door to the other end of the family room by stepping on objects without touching the floor.  You’re mortified that it’s not only possible, but easy.
  2. When a friend wants to sit down, you need to scoot over piles of laundry to clear a spot.  Hey, at least it’s clean laundry!
  3. Your walls have character, ie. the flat paint from the builder has now faded to a splotchy grey color punctuated with bright splashes of crayon lines.
  4. The occasional wall has even better art on it.  (It’s not chocolate! :-}
  5. wall_streaks

  6. You’ve run around the kitchen, holding a hot baking sheet and it’s taken you so long to find some empty counterspace to lay it down, you’ve almost burnt your fingers.
  7. You ask your child to make his bed, because a friend is coming over to play,and he asks, “Make it into what?”
  8. Your floor gets mopped in sections centered around various ‘spills’ over the course of a month or two.
  9. There is enough food under the kitchen table and the edges of various couches to feed an extra child.
  10. When you scrub up a carpet spill, you notice the now blindingly bright spot in the middle of the carpet every time you walk into the room.
  11. You smile and think of your house as ‘lived in’ and wouldn’t trade all the messmakers for anything.  (Though having a clean house stay reasonably clean is a reason to look forward to grandparenthood)

Anyone have an extra Top 10 Sign to add to the list? Just add it to the comment section and share a laugh 🙂

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5 Comments so far

  1. Misty May 10, 2009 1:17 pm

    Hey – now there’s a positive spin on it! I’ll have to remember that one.

  2. Julie May 10, 2009 3:59 am

    LOL! Great post.
    I (poor deluded homeschooler that I am!) have got to the point where I think mess = productivity, and actually LIKE stepping over the great piles of books and skirting around lego models. How sad is that!

  3. docmisty April 16, 2009 11:43 pm

    LOL – you’re hilarious. Maybe you should get 10 of those put together, and I’ll put you on as a ‘guest’ Top 10 post!

  4. sarah April 16, 2009 9:07 pm

    – You have a party just to get the house in semi-liveable condition
    – you stop eating at the kitchen table because it’s covered
    -there’s a smell coming from the kitchen and you can’t pinpoint the source
    -you laugh when you read in silly women’s magazines that yours and your husband’s bedroom should be an “oasis of peace” — more like an oasis of clean laundry piles and salvation army bags
    -according to murphy’s law, within an hour of mopping the floor (a month overdue) someone spills: honey, paint, milk, syrup, or toast jam side down)
    -the kid’s bathroom ALWAYS smells like a locker room, no matter how much you clean it
    I could go on … but I won’t.
    When are we hiring a maid?

  5. Summer April 16, 2009 2:38 pm

    #5 is a frequent happening around here. Our kitchen is tiny with practically no counter space, and cluttered with too much stuff. LOL

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