Wordish Wednesday: The Messes

Living room when the toddler is asleep:

Living room when the toddler is awake:

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  • July 13, 2011 Carri

    Sigh… I was just thinking about that today. Everything is nice and tidy, and then Blake wakes up.
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    • July 13, 2011 Alison

      I’m thinking it’s because we have a small house, so it just LOOKS messy. Right? Tell me it is so.

  • July 13, 2011 Julie

    Wow, your photos look amazing! They make the mess look like art.
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    • July 13, 2011 Alison

      Thanks Julie! The photos themselves probably aren’t as good if I don’t edit them πŸ™‚ I don’t like having to clean up art. Sigh.

  • July 13, 2011 Kim

    The good thing is I don’t see any dust bunnies lingering around or crumbs collecting in corners! I was relieved to see the sippy cup, as my daughter once had a similar experience on our couch but it was pee πŸ™
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    • July 13, 2011 Alison

      If that was pee? I wouldn’t have taken a picture, I’d have cleaned it up already lol. I clean the house everyday, I have to!

  • July 13, 2011 Christi

    haha! What is it about stacks of magazines that they just can’t resist? My little one loves to crawl over to the shelf, pull herself up, and throw the magazines one at time onto the floor. WHY????
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    • July 13, 2011 Alison

      Monkey does the same. He reaches up and pulls everything down one by one. He then sits down and scatters them everywhere. It’s a sport!

  • July 13, 2011 mom2kiddos

    Yes, looks very familiar. I’d fit right in. Only thing is, my home is never like your first picture.
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    • July 13, 2011 Alison

      Haha, it’s only because the apartment is small and the messes are somewhat contained. I’d like to see your messes, make me feel better, please!

  • For the longest time I truly believed I could keep magazines alphabetized, cd’s too … then one day I bought a ton of huge leather folders and alphabetized the cd’s into them and threw away the cases (and we never played them again – hundreds of them lol)
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    • July 13, 2011 Alison

      As long as they’re all in the bookshelf and not the floor, that’s good enough for me! (though I did have them stacked according to size for a long time!)

  • July 13, 2011 Stasha

    You do not want to see mine. The funny bit is my son insists on tidying his room and does a great job. But shared spaces he cares not much for…
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    • July 13, 2011 Alison

      At least he knows how to clean up, even if it’s only his room!

  • July 13, 2011 Alicia

    LOL..oh yes!!! I remember those days!!!
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    • July 13, 2011 Alison

      It does get better right? That’s what I keep telling myself. πŸ™‚

  • July 13, 2011 Kimberly

    This is my house. Toddlers! Sigh.

    Are your tables from Ikea? If so, we have the same ones!
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    • July 13, 2011 Alison

      Yes, they are! Omigosh we even have the same furniture! #twinthing

  • July 13, 2011 Lindsay

    Looks like my house.

    Add an 11 year old + 2 more tweens I babysit 3 times a week + my 2 and 1 year old + my 7 year old niece and 4 year old nephew I watch everyday (you following me?)that adds up to 7 FREAKING kids destroying my house = I can’t remember what color carpet is in the playroom.


    • July 13, 2011 Alison

      Oh gosh that is A LOT of kids in one place! How you even not go insane by lunch time, I don’t know. πŸ™‚

      • July 13, 2011 Lindsay

        Ahhh, the trick is to start the day crazy and then go from there…

  • July 13, 2011 Jessica

    LOL – I remember those days, Alison. It gets better.
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    • July 13, 2011 Alison

      I do hope so. Soon, he’ll be old enough to clean up after himself, right? πŸ™‚

  • July 13, 2011 Natalie

    Ha ha love it! Watch out there is a monster in your house! Quite the difference, no? Oh by the way I had to readd your blog b/c I wasn’t getting updates in my dashboard since you did the change over. So if I’ve been absent from your blog that’s why πŸ™‚
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    • July 13, 2011 Natalie

      Ha ha and now I’m at the top of your followers…which is funny b/c I used to be at the very back b/c I was one of your first followers πŸ™‚
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      • July 13, 2011 Alison

        And for that I am so grateful!! Thanks for still reading Natalie, I treasure your friendship!

        I honestly don’t remember what the house looks like without a kid and all his stuff πŸ™‚ A lot less colorful I imagine.

        • July 13, 2011 Natalie

          I enjoy our friendship too…and of course seeing pics of Monkey! Yes I think the house minus kids would be a whole lot less colorful…shall I say boring?
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  • July 13, 2011 Elena

    Oh the messes. I love that alphabet pad/flooring. We had that with Lanagan but our cat ruined several letters once overnight. I think I need to get a new set – Cooper would love it!
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    • July 13, 2011 Alison

      It’s fab the padded flooring. It’s saved his head many a time!! And of course he loves tearing it up!

  • July 13, 2011 kendall

    I like it better when toddler is sleeping. I mean, in case you’re polling the audience. I think the kid should definitely stay asleep. Until he’s like 30 and can handle the responsibilities of keeping a living space clean.

    • July 13, 2011 Alison

      Haha! That’s not gonna happen – he’s a bundle of energy between sleeps!

  • July 13, 2011 Stacy Uncorked

    I love it – so nice to know I’m not alone with the mini tornado mode in our house! πŸ˜‰
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    • July 13, 2011 Alison

      Thank you! Good to know I’m not alone too!

  • July 14, 2011 story

    LOL! I love it! Mine is starting to pull everything off shelves now. Although I must confess, it’s not all cleaned up every time she sleeps.
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    • July 14, 2011 Alison

      I am a little OCD so it would bother me if messes were left as they were lol

  • July 14, 2011 Kristy

    Yup! Naptime and bedtime is like, “Reset!”
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    • July 14, 2011 Alison

      Yes, reset is the right word!

  • July 14, 2011 Tonya

    Oh, toddlers… gotta love ’em.

    Looks EXACTLY like my house.


    • July 14, 2011 Alison

      I’m waiting for the day when he’ll pick up after himself, but looking at the way his dad is? I’m doomed.

  • July 14, 2011 Mama Spaghetti

    This looks exactly like my house. Gotta love leather when a drink gets spilled every hour!
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    • July 14, 2011 Alison

      We got a leather sofa for that very reason, I’m constantly wiping it down from spills, sticky hands, food….sigh

  • July 14, 2011 Megan (Best of Fates)

    I like it when it’s all messy – has such a homey feel to it!
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  • July 14, 2011 Mama And The City

    Love it.

    Can we just see same places when the toddler is AWAKE… LOL
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    • July 14, 2011 Alison

      He’s like a little tornado, tearing through all the parts of the house I’ve just cleaned up after him.

  • July 14, 2011 RachelJoy

    LOL. It’s like a tornado just passed by. That’s why I never clean up until EVERYONE is asleep for the night, because really what’s the point?
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    • July 14, 2011 Alison

      I would do that if a) I wasn’t a little OCD about things being put away and b) I didn’t trip over or kick something with my toes every time I walk around the house! πŸ™‚

  • July 14, 2011 Galit Breen

    Ah yes, this. I know this all too well! XO
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    • July 14, 2011 Alison

      We need a robot to follow the children around, cleaning up their messes!

      Oh wait, it’s called ‘MOM’. πŸ™‚

  • July 14, 2011 Runnermom-jen

    Haha, Alison, I see these pictures and I don’t think it looks very messy at all…multiply that mess by 4! Now that’s a mess πŸ˜‰
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    • July 14, 2011 Alison

      Oh Jen, I have no idea how you do it! It would drive me nuts!

  • July 14, 2011 dumb mom

    That looks totally clean compared to Casa de Dummies. I try not to even go in the house anymore unless it’s the dead of night. That way, I’m not tempted to clean anything.
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    • July 14, 2011 Alison

      You know, that is totally a good idea. If I had a backyard, I’d camp out there.

  • July 14, 2011 Jessica

    This would be why I don’t bother cleaning anymore.
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    • July 14, 2011 Alison

      I shall follow suit, I think.

  • July 14, 2011 Sarah

    Oooohh…. The leather couch. The books just make me laugh.

    • July 14, 2011 Alison

      And it’s not actually a spill. He sits there and pours water on it and himself. Good times!

  • July 14, 2011 Ann

    Isn’t it amazing how much destruction such a SMALL person can cause? I don’t have a toddler in the house, but I do have a 7 pound dog. She absolutely, positively HAS to take every toy out of her box at least twice a day…. Sometimes I think just because she can!
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    • July 14, 2011 Alison

      I believe small creatures are designed to give us bigger ones stuff to do, you know, aside from blogging.

  • July 14, 2011 Jamie

    This is SOOOOO the same thing that happens to me… only multiplied by two boys and two babies. There is S*&T everywhere. I don’t know what I’ll do when the babies start really moving and making their own messes. Maybe I’ll move out.


    • July 14, 2011 Alison

      I cannot imagine that multiplied by four. I will have you in my thoughts the next time I clean.

  • July 14, 2011 Desperate Housemommy

    You just wait. Soon your Monkey will learn to sing Barney’s “Clean Up Song.”

    Then you will teach him to push a vacuum.

    Then you will be golden.
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    • July 14, 2011 Alison

      I await that time eagerly. EAGERLY.

  • And you just pretty much summed up my life!
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    • July 14, 2011 Alison

      It’s always nice to know I’m not the only one with a messy house.

  • July 14, 2011 janice

    These are awesome pics. The same thing happens around here and it extends upstairs… You are pretty brave for posting a pic of ur messy living room. I’m too embarassed! Haha!

    • July 15, 2011 Alison

      It’s only messy for a little while. As soon as he’s napping/ sleeping, I clean up! #OCD

  • July 14, 2011 Kir

    Oh my..I want to come and clean that up. I have very bad OCD about “messes” so I don’t know if our living has ever looked like that, howver it’s bad for my kids since they make messes at school all day and then I’m like a warden at home. I feel bad for them…sort of..LOL.

    Love your messes….so jealous of them really.
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    • July 15, 2011 Alison

      Hee hee. I’m quite OCD about them too, I usually clean up after him as he goes along! That day however, I was *ahem* busy. πŸ™‚

  • July 14, 2011 Jen Has A Pen

    HOLY MONKEY! This is nuts.

    Actually, I totally believe it. I was at work on Saturday with Jayden and Sophia (both 4). Originally they were playing with Sharpies so I bought Crayola WASHABLE (yeah right) markers for them while I was at lunch. By the time they’d left my office that night, there was marker everywhere, the blinds were broken, they’d busted a stapler, used scissors to make confetti, spilled a hole puncher (making more confetti) and dribbled drink all over the place. And… to boot, they are REALLY good kids. My mom respect shot up ten fold that day. πŸ™‚

    • July 15, 2011 Alison

      Haha, sounds about right. You did read my post about the Crayola (Unwashables) right?

  • July 14, 2011 Kim Sisto Robinson

    I remember those days. I miss them πŸ™‚ xxx
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    • July 15, 2011 Alison

      I’m sure I will too πŸ™‚

  • July 15, 2011 Devan

    oh i feel you – i love these pictures πŸ™‚ totally true for around here!
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    • July 15, 2011 Alison

      Hehe, and I only have one so I can’t imagine the mess multiplied!

  • July 15, 2011 Staying Afloat!

    I can totally relate! I have three boys and I feel our house is constantly trashed.

    I have a great magnet on my fridge that says “Cleaning the house while kids are growing is like shoveling snow when it’s still snowing” I look at it every single day! I love it!

    • July 15, 2011 Alison

      Haha, great saying!! I should get one of those!

  • July 15, 2011 Ado

    I love that you even have all the magazines there – as if you have time to read them! (-:
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    • July 15, 2011 Alison

      Hehe I know, they’re for show!

  • July 15, 2011 Rach (DonutsMama)

    Ahhh, the joys of children!
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    • July 15, 2011 Alison

      Just you wait til Donut is mobile! πŸ™‚

  • July 16, 2011 Kristin

    Yup. That’s all I’ve got to say. Just, yup.

    Our house frequently looks like a tornado blew through it.
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    • July 16, 2011 Alison

      And that is not even ALL the messes he makes πŸ™‚

  • July 16, 2011 Terry

    Oh how I remember these days…really love how these wordless prompts tell so much. Enjoy those messes, you will long for them one day!
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    • July 16, 2011 Alison

      I will?? πŸ™‚

  • July 16, 2011 Sarah

    Too true! I was SO stoked when we finished building the upstairs in our house… because I could banish ALL TOYS to the 2nd floor! Now I can PRETEND my house is really tidy. Upstairs is like Vegas… “What happens upstairs… stays upstairs” and because Mommy doesn’t see it, it’s not there.
    OK, I DO make them clean up… but I don’t feel as spazzy about it when I’m not walking on it!
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    • July 16, 2011 Alison

      I long for an upstairs or just a room he can destroy without me going all OCD and having to clean up immediately! Some day, some day.

  • July 16, 2011 Deb the Closet Monster

    Aaaah! I know this phenomenon well, if my apartment’s “start” looks a little more like your “end.” πŸ˜‰
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    • July 16, 2011 Alison

      Haha!! I’m too OCD to leave the end as that. Besides, it gives the little one more to mess up if everything is back in its place!

  • July 17, 2011 Lisa

    It is amazing what kids can do to a tidy house.
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    • July 17, 2011 Alison

      And in record time too! The moment I finish cleaning up one mess, another has been made.

  • July 19, 2011 Bruna

    I love the photos. I would never dare take pics of the mess my girls make. It would scare people.
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    • July 19, 2011 Alison

      Hehehe. I am taking all these pictures to show him when he’s older. Show him what I had to deal with πŸ™‚

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