Maybe then just remind the kids of this? We have bedroom toys and playroom toys. Inside toys and outside toys. When it all gets muddled up I just nicely remind the kids "can you please play with that in the playroom?" Or "sand stays outside". Or something like that.
I'd rather know someone's rules at the start and always ask if it's ok for the kids to be doing X y z. Honestly it sounds like your guests aren't terribly respectful if they're not.
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09-04-2016 23:09 #12Senior Member
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Yea thanks i will. I think im just incredibly tired and silly things get to me.
09-04-2016 23:14 #13
I'm tolerant of most things but not food being eaten just anywhere but I'm lucky as my friends don't allow it either.
But yeah I've had some shockers over but I try and ignore the mess and deal with it once they leave.
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09-04-2016 23:15 #14
Maybe you can accept invites for a bit, but not extend invites to your own house..If people ask just say you are really struggling with insomnia, sleep deprived and can't deal with it at the moment. Friends and family should be empathetic. .
09-04-2016 23:25 #15
In my eyes, and it's totally understandable give your childhood, you are possibly setting the bar too high for your guests? As I said previously, it really does not sound enjoyable for you to feel the need to be so vigilant about the toys etc..and that's a real shame
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10-04-2016 04:38 #16
I'm with @Sonja. We have playroom toys and special things are in bedrooms. ALL bedrooms are off limits for all guests. I don't mind continuously dragging kids out.
But I love the company. I know you are stressed but I'd love your social life OP.
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10-04-2016 06:59 #17
We frequently have our neighbour kids over and their mum is always stressing about the mess they make in my house. I don't worry too much, as I'm not the most domesticated person in the world anyways. My kids make mess and we all clean it later, so adding two more kids worth of mess isn't a big deal for me.
My kids are pretty messy, my daughter is forever losing Shopikins and our toy room/storage area often looks like a disaster zone and we have no areas for special things etc. I don't know if this is due to my me not caring as much or because my kids are still younger. There is no way my 18 month old understands to not grab the Shopikins and run off with them. (Actually he probably does and does it on purpose anyway, he is super cheeky). Everyone assures me that it's easier to keep clean once the kids get older. I currently vacuum the lounge room 2-3 times a day, every day. Our lounge gets quite dirty so I am washing the cushions frequently. We eat main meals at the table but food often seems to get everywhere, anyway.
I used to stress a bit but I realised that there wasn't much point. Just clean and keep going.
We used to live in a much bigger house but it was surprisingly much easier to keep clean. We currently live in a tiny 3bdr. We don't even have a dining room, just an eat in kitchen etc. one small living room. My husband does shift work now, which means he is either at work or sleeping for a lot of the time but he gets plenty of days off. He used to work a lot. 7 days a week, 16 hours a day type thing. So I got used to doing things on my own pretty quick. My in-laws live 10 hours away and I am completely estranged from my family (for good reason) and 18 months ago we packed up and moved half way across the state so didn't know anyone. I have made friends where I live now but I'm not the type of person that asks for help. Usually the opposite. I'm always babysitting or running other kids up to school with mine etc.
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