I’m sharing #MrsMeyers in my life as part of a Mrs. Meyer’s sponsored series for Socialstars™ Spring Cleaning.
I hate mess. My husband hates mess more.
Have kids, they said. It’ll be fun, they said.
What they did not say? It’ll be messy as all heck.
This month I’m all about embracing my inner minimal lover and ridding oneself of all the excess. I’ve talked about it a ton, and I’ve got my nose to the grindstone. And ridding ourselves of things doesn’t just mean a less full house – it also means less stress!
However, kids come with their own obstacles. Tantrums, imagination, and MESS. All of the above. And a lot of it! So how do you deal with kid’s messes? I have a few ways to combat the chaos!
3 ways to deal with your kid’s mess:
I know it sounds crazy, but it’s perfectly OKAY to not be able to deal with the messes! Maybe that means you need to re-distribute the toys. Maybe that means you should get rid of some. Maybe it means you need a helpful little elf that comes in at night and purges you of your things. That’s okay.
Get rid of it, pair down what your toddler insists on he needs, and focus on what you actually see her playing with.
Embrace the mess.
So hear me out before you judge, but accept that this season of life you’re in right now is going to be different. It’s going to be messy, it’s going to be chaotic, and it’s going to make you anxious. But it’s also going to grow you, show you a new side of yourself and open your heart ten fold.
In the afternoons, I take a deep breath, and let them loose. I tell myself to allow a two hour timeframe for H to be his tornado self, for J to knock all the things in all of the places and end up some part of the couch. This is the time of the day when I give him his beloved markers and let him color outside of the lines (and off the paper), and know that things are about to get real colorful.
Clean It Up
Part of me being able to deal with the mess while it’s happening is knowing that I have a pretty good arsenal to clean up after the kids’ messes. Markers on our painted walls? Mrs. Meyer’s Multi-Surface Everyday Cleaner. The Honeysuckle scent is such a wonderful reprieve, and instantly lifts my spirits. The Multi Surface Cleaner is safe on all non-porous surfaces (like finished wood, tile floors, countertops, walls, porcelain, bathroom fixtures, and stone), and with essential oils. I love that it’s comprised of plant-derived ingredients and made without artificial colors, parabens, and more!
I always make sure I choose one area a night to focus on and ensure was clean before going to bed. Most nights, that means a clean sink for us. If my sink is clear of dirty dishes, and consequently the dishwasher is full and running, I can go to bed with a clear mind. By focusing on one area rather than the mess in its entirety, things are far less overwhelming.
My Mrs. Meyer’s Basil scent is my second favorite backup every day cleanser, and has a wonderful crisp smell. No matter the marker’s mess, I have yet to meet any pigmented color that Mrs. Meyer’s can’t combat. So I keep at least one under my sink at all times, along with a reusable washcloth, for these messy toddler afternoons.
Did you pickup on the underlying theme when it comes to messy babies, toddlers, and kids? It’s going to happen and there’s not much you can do to help it. So arm yourself with Mrs. Meyer’s Cleaners in your toolkit and rest easy knowing one day your home will be far less messy. And you may, in fact, miss these days you were so anxiously scrubbing up after.