I know this is probably pretty normal but I'm so over constantly cleaning up after my almost 3 year old son.
Now, I know kids are messy and I am so far from being a neat freak. Mess doesn't bother me that much. But, I would at least like my house to be in a clean enough state that when people come over it doesn't look like we never clean up.
Right now, we are doing work in the yard and it's basically all mud and dirt. So the floor is constantly dirty as DS and DH come in and out. That's fine, it's totally expected and I can deal with that but I can't vaccuum until I pick up all the toys/books/etc off the floor. What really gives me the s**ts is that while I'm walking around picking stuff up, DS is walking around behind me pulling things out again and tossing them on the floor. He doesn't even want to play with any of it, he literally just pulls out all his books then leaves them on the floor and walks away. Tips over his entire basket of toys and then doesn't play with any of them. The other day he pulled all our dvds off the shelf and took all the discs out and just spread them all over the floor. It will take me forever to put them away because I need to sort out the discs and put them back in the right cases, but it only took him 3 seconds to pull them all down. He just does these things so quickly, like he will grab armfuls of books/dvds/toys of the shelf in one go and dump them. Oh and he knows how to open drawers and wardrobes now so clothes get thrown everywhere too and I have to fold them again and put them away.
And he won't help put anything away. Of course.
Anyway I know probably the only solution is to just move all the stuff but we have nowhere else to put the dvds and I don't want to take away all his books because he does occasionally read them. And I don't know what else I would do with his clothes. I've tried to find a child proof lock that fits our drawers/cupboards and that he can't open but no luck so far.
It wouldn't even bother me so much if he was taking a toy or book down and actually playing with it and then forgetting to put it away. But it is just deliberately making a mess. For no reason. Well, no reason I can think of anyway but I guess it's fun for him.
Anyway if you got this far, thanks for reading. I'm just so frustrated right now because I am sick of having a messy house. It makes me feel crappy but I feel so overwhelmed at the thought of trying to tidy it up and then just having my little tornado come through and ruin all my hard work