Confession: my house is a wreck. So, if you’re looking on tips to keep a clean house this probably isn’t the blog for you. However, a good chunk of what looks like a big mess (besides the things that are actually a mess, like the constant pile of to-be-folded laundry) is actually a carefully calculated project-in-progress of Little Girl. Who am I to argue?
This is why I have decided that I am going to embrace the mess. In contained places in the house, Little Girl is going to have free rein to do whatever it is that she does, and even keep her little projects and games out for the next day. Living spaces will be picked up before bed, but on her train table and the carpet in her room she can have her toys in whatever state she wants.
Am I creating a monster? Maybe. My problem is this: she creates elaborate scenarios that span multiple days with these little toys. She places them just so and the next day gets up and picks up the story exactly where she left off. I fear that forcing her to put them away before she’s truly done with them would hamper her creative play. I know that when I’m making something, I hate putting it away before it’s finished because it’s a pain to get everything out again (thank God for my long-suffering husband who puts up with me).
So, do you think that I am doing my children a disservice by not making cleaning a priority, or am I fostering creativity and free-thinking?