messy playroom

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!


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    Jacquelyn says:

    If it makes you feel any better, my kitchen is clean for the first time since I came home …. 2 weeks ago! The upshot is that the bleach fumes makes the rest of the house smell like I covered a bigger area. I’v heard that creative people have a harder time getting organized since they tend to follow a non-linear pattern of thinking. (Which means big mess = wayyy creative, right?) Can’t wait to see “Glenda” sparkle at the harvest festival.

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    i wish i had a work/school/play room.
    i think i would just shut, and lock the door at the end of the day, while dreaming that the cleaning fairies would come in the evening to give me a fresh landscape to start allover again the next day.
    i have begged michael to let me turn the garage (where we never park a car), into this dream room. he does not see my vision, agghhh! my vision includes the rest of the house not being a combination of these rooms. i imagine the rest of the house always clean and a sanctuary from the mess. hmmm, i can dream.

    your kids always have the coolest halloween costumes!
    we are going to an h-party. i am going as lucy, noah is ricky!

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    Penny Malley says:

    I just know your husband could make a fortune on some sort of closet-cleaning device… you know, once he creates the beautiful workspace, it would be some sort of magical curtain to pull across, then when you pull it back the next morning… wah-lah! Clean. Hmmm… I’ll put my best people on that.

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    Jeannett Gibson says:

    Wow, you are a messy, messy girl! Really, Lindsey? Come on. You mean to tell me that Sean doesn’t come home to three perfectly coiffed children, smiling and sitting quietly…a clean house…the smell of a home cooked meal on the stove…and a wife all decked out in heels and a cute apron awaiting his arrival??? The nerve!

    HA! Your room doesn’t even look that messy! Andy’s aunt has this little plaque in her house that says “My house is clean enough to live in, but dirty enough to look lived in.” I think it’s fabulous! :)

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    Lisa Leonard says:

    yeah, i hear ya! we’ve been working on the ‘one toy at a time’ thing and it helps. but then i have to constantly monitor. sigh.

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    thanks goodness i’m not the only one!!! that looks an amazingly fun place to play for everyone! you need a little plaque to hang in your playroom that reads “chaos=creativity”. at least you vacuum, my dog ususally licks up all the crumbs on the floor so i don’t have to and then adds a nice layer of dog hair to the carpet. gotta love that. you must post pictures of the glenda dress. it looks sparkly!

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    LOL! mauryn seems to take anything she can find and drag it everywhere in the house as well. we seem to have toys, school stuff, and whatever else throughout the house. i spend most of my afternoons just trying to tidy up and put things back in place. GRR! it doesn’t leave much time for anything else…

    i agree with denise… if i had a playroom/craftroom/schoolroom i would be tempted to shut the door at the end of the day most days. it might not truly happen because clutter drives me crazy but it would be a tempting option.

    can’t wait to see photos of the kids in their way cool halloween costumes.

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    Stephanie says:

    can’t wait to see the Glenda costume! By the way, this is exactly what our playroom looks like. It must be a kid thing :)

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    Hee, Hee. I’ve been thinking of doing the same post, only we don’t have a playroom so this happens to the living room. Sometimes it feels so pointless to pick up, but it feels so great when it’s clean. Even if it only looks that way for a few minutes. =)

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