How do you contain mess caused by the children? I am going OUT OF MY MIND with the house being trashed from one end of the house to the other.
An example of what my house looked like today:
The entrance and hallway had random shoes (no pairs), books, a couple of markers and pegs on the ground. The good loungeroom had crushed jatz crackers on the lounges and carpet, DS1's doona (which was wet from a spilt sippy cup), 2 dolls, and an empty bowl. The kitchen bench was covered in toys that the kids had put there. The floor was flooded with water from DS2 using the water & ice dispenser in the fridge. The dining area had ripped up paper all over the table and floor, stickers stuck to the chairs, water bottles on the table, and DS2s half eaten toast on the ground. DS1's armchair from his room had been dragged out into the walkway between the dining area and the lounge room. The living room had more ripped up paper, books all over the floor, more crushed jatz crackers on the lounges and rug. The baskets in the cubed shelving where all overflowing with toys so much that they couldn't be shut properly. The laundry had dirty clothes all over the floor from the kids just chucking their clothes into the room when they get undressed. The toilet had an empty toilet roll and a pair of DDs knickers on the floor.
DDs room was a disaster zone. She changes outfits 500 times a day and the clothes she steps out of are just thrown on the floor. Every book from her bookcase was on the floor. There was a spilt sippy cup of water on the bed. Every pair of knickers she owns were on the floor.
DS1 had a billion pieces of ripped up paper on the bed and floor, all of his hangers were on the floor which meant all of the clothes in his cupboard were on the ground as well.
IS THIS NORMAL? I know it sounds like I must do nothing to clean up, but I honestly spend the entire day picking up mess. Is this normal for kids or do my kids sound extreme with the mess they make? At the end of each day I like to have everything put back in its place and generally I try to vacuum and usually mop. I clean the bathrooms twice a week, dust and polish at least once or twice a week, clean the toilets twice a week, clean the kitchen thoroughly each day. I TRY to keep on top of the washing, there is always clean towels on the racks and clean sheets on the beds. So I feel like my house is CLEAN, but the mess. OMG the mess. It's just impossible to keep on top of it despite the fact that everything has a place and I do clean-outs and culls regularly. I have a big art cupboard for all the art stuff, a ridiculous amount of toy storage, and a reward system in place for cleaning up. But none of it is working. What am I doing so wrong? Any advice would be welcome!!!!