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Fighting the Mud Monster

With two kiddos that love to play outside, one big dog, a big pile of dirt in our backyard, and our recent spring weather made up of warm days with off and on rain, I am facing an unwanted invader into my home.

The Mud Monster.

You know, the child that’s played in the dirt and is covered from head to toe in caked-on dirt and mud.

The mud tracked into the house when a child has to go to the bathroom and forgets to take off their shoes.

The dog who finds strange pleasure in rolling, digging, and generally tromping through the dirt, and then comes inside and shakes off.

I am envisioning the next several months of my life, and let me tell you, it isn’t pretty.

Honestly, I’m not really sure how to fight this monster.

I want to let my kids play and be kids without being the anal mom who gets all bent out of shape when they get all dirty. But, I also don’t want to have to bathe my children three times a day — before lunch, before nap, and before bed — because of how dirty they are.

I don’t want to spend my spring and summer months following my children and dog around with a mop and cloth, cleaning up their muddy mess after them.

But, I also have to maintain some cleanliness inside my house. I can’t just leave dirt and mud on the floors, and let my kids climb into their beds with dirt all over them.

One of our issues is that we don’t really have a good entry way on the back of our house to use to clean off kiddos, or dog, before they come inside. Our back door opens onto a small landing and then straight into the kitchen. Now I know why they call it a “mud” room, and how I wish I had one.

So, I’m trying to come up with a way to tame the mud monster outside, before it gets into my house, because the more mud and dirt that gets cleaned off outside, the less cleaning I have to do inside. But, I could really use your help and suggestions, because I’m not sure about the best way to do that.

How do you keep the mud and dirt out of your house when you have kids that love to play outside and get dirty?

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