At this point I’d rather clean up dog puke than pick up another damn toy.
You know the drill. Spend a half hour putting crap away, throwing it in toy boxes, stacking books, shoving stuff in closets and in less time than it took you to clean their mess, the little suckers have dragged every. single. toy in the joint back out onto the floor.
One of these times I need to record their process and watch it on fast-forward because it would be fascinating to see exactly how they manage to mess up a perfectly clean room in mere minutes.
We’re lucky enough to have an entire room devoted to a play area, so I can’t even fathom the nightmare that having a dual playroom/living room is for those of you who don’t have the extra room. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time.
But hey. Stop worrying about the mess! Because the photos of playrooms submitted from readers I’m about to show you will make you feel so much better. I was cleaning my kids playroom four and five times a day, laboring under the delusion that nobody else lives like pigs. But! Good news! They do! Nobody’s judging because all of us are apparently living like toy hoarders.
So next time you feel inclined to clean up those toys because a good parent couldn’t possibly leave that kind of a mess, come back and flip through these photos and you’ll immediately feel better. I promise!
Where’s Waldo? 1 of 10Can you spot the sleeping child in this photo? Plum tuckered himself out with what appears to be A LOT of playing.
All The Little Pieces 2 of 10I was thinking the other day that all toys with lots of pieces should be banned. This photo confirms that thought.
Can You Spot The Baby? 3 of 10If you look hard enough you can find a child in this photo as well. On the one hand, nice, large play space. On the other hand, that's a lotta clean-up, yo.
Who, Me? 4 of 10This photo cracks me up every time I see it. She's like, WHAT'RE YOU LOOKIN' AT!
At Least They’re Playing Together 5 of 10Take a little time with this one. There are a lot of awesome elements including the pantsless fella and the dog trying to get in on the action.
Untidy Space 6 of 10This photo comes from an English friend of mine who says it's a picture of her daughter's untidy space. I think I'm going to start calling our messy nightmare an "untidy space". It sounds so much nicer than junkhole.
So Many Toys, So Little Time 7 of 10They say that for every toy you acquire you should get rid of one so as to streamline the area. Yeah. Somehow that never happens and there's always that one relative that gives your 2-year-old a thousand piece jigsaw puzzle.
Sad Toys 8 of 10I love to check out the toys in various states of having been discarded. Elmo, resting precariously on a box, pile of babies sadly abandoned.
Touchdown! 9 of 10So proud of her mess she's raising her arms in victory.
Caught Red-Handed! 10 of 10I couldn't very well request you show me yours without showing you mine, right? You can see Henry has his evil little paws on the Baby Powder I keep in a drawer for diaper emergencies. Caught him just in time.
Got a photo you want to add to the mix? Email me at monicabielanko at yahoo dot com.
You can also find Monica on her personal blog, The Girl Who.
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