i don’t know why, but i feel compelled to now show you pictures of our messy playroom, which my messy desk is in. this is the room we live in. really. almost all day, everyday. i do all my work here, we home school here, watch movies here (1 a day – max. why do i feel the need to clarify that?), play, play, and play.
so yesterday this room was clean. not spotless, like clean baseboards and all, but no toys on the floor and i vacuumed. the desks looked pretty much the same as they do now (constantly), but overall it looked pretty good. you can see my desk in the background – see? i wasn’t lying. that pile is about 2 feet high! do you like my shipping department (against my window)? so professional. back to cleaning – we do this nearly every day! no joke. the room is clean in the late afternoon, after we have a cleaning rampage because mommy is freaking out about all the mess and can’t be productive/any fun at all with such chaos. so we race around the room and straighten and neaten (?) and generally tidy up, followed by a good once over with the vacuum to pick up stray fabric scraps and snack crumbs. yes, i let my kids eat snacks in here. to be honest, its out of laziness, and a way to squeeze in a little more productivity.
by the next morning, after an evening of “ruffling” (rough housing/wrestling) with daddy (not me, the kids) the room is well on its way to being a danger to anyone walking through it. i think we may need to get waivers for friends to sign before they allow their children to play in here.
silas likes to pull the books off the shelves, the girls like to pull out e.ver.y toy we have and play with it on the opposite side of the room from wher it belongs making cleanup take that much longer, and then so often the playroom explosion leaks out like lava into the rest of the house. this can mostly be blamed on the little man who is rather efficient at taking one item from any room in the house and placing it in another room, then taking an item from that room and taking it to yet another room and leaving it there, only to find another item to misplace. fun. lots. but look at the door with the yellow post its. there’s a bit of organization! and maybe a bit of proof that i actually do homeschool my kids in here. those are post its that came with sight words printed on them. gracie likes to take a sword and use it as a pointer as she recites the words. with all that overwhelming organization, you probably didn’t even notice the giant pile that is supposed to be my homeschooling desk. must get organized!
just one more shot, to really drive home the point. mess. big mess and lots of it. and what am i doing now while my dear sweet husband is with all 3 kids at soccer practice? cleaning up that room and making a deliscious dinner to greet them with upon their arrival? nope. i’m talking to you and avoiding looming responsibility. oh, here’s a sneak peek: can you see the pile of pink fluff on top of that white dresser thing over there? i worked all day on glenda the good witch’s costume and finished it! o.ver. the. top gaudy. rhinestines, sequins, glitter, tulle. tons of hot glue, for good measure. very fun, and now my not-so-clean desk is beautified with a layer of glitter! good times!
here’s to messy floors, happy kids, imaginitive play, a little learning, a little crafting, and a sprinkling of glitter!
*edited to add: i keep forgetting to tell you – i put another batch of posy pins in the shop. if you want them you’d better hurry. they’re going FAST!