It was Phyllis Diller who described it best when she said, “Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing up is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing.”
Cleaning with kids around is futility at its best.
You can try your best to keep a clean house, but if you have kids, you’ll most likely have something, somewhere in your home that’s dirty, sticky, or at the very least needs tidying up.
I used to get easily frustrated because as I cleaned one thing something else was immediately being made an even bigger mess. Then I realized it was the laws of the universe, forces well beyond my control, that were working against me.
Here are some of the most common Murphy’s Laws of Cleaning (when you have kids around):
1. Freshly changed bed sheets will be peed on that night.
2. Just mopped the floor? Milk, juice or sticky substances will be spilled on it within the hour.
3. Like a moth to a flame, a newly Windexed window attracts grubby little fingers.
4. Toast lands jelly side down 100% of the time.
5. White children’s clothing holds magnetic capabilities. Expect grass, chocolate, ketchup or all of the above, sometimes within moments of putting the white garment on the child. No child in the history of children has ever worn white without some staining.
6. A toilet, or area around a toilet, will stay clean until a kid uses it. Even after painting a red target inside my toilet bowl, it seems to be everywhere else but in it.
7. Magic Erasers do not erase art from walls. It simply encourages new art to pop up in different places.
8. There is always at least one Lego left on the floor, even after you pick up every last toy and vacuum. You will find this Lego while you are in bare feet, usually while trying to maneuver in a sleeping child’s room in the dark.
9. The laundry is never done – ever. You can stop doing laundry when you’re dead. Otherwise, there’s always something that needs washed.
10. Always keep cleaning supplies out of the reach of children. I used to keep mine in a bucket and carry it from room to room as I was cleaning. As I was busy dusting, my son slipped in and decided to help clean his room by squirting liquid cleanser (with bleach) all over his carpet. When kids help with the cleaning, there’s usually a bigger mess that follows.
What are some of the Murphy’s Laws of Cleaning that you’ve noticed? How is the universe working to keep your house dirty? Leave me a comment!