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Cleaning with kids is more than a chore

May 21, 2012 - Kristy MacKaben
When you have small kids, keeping the house neat is hard. Cleaning every inch of the house for an open house or showing is next to impossible. As I wrote in a previous blog, we are moving to Chicago this summer. We are trying to sell our house, which mean means keeping our house cleaner than it has ever been, and also making it spotless for showings. Most of the time, it's just me by myself trying to scour the house from top to bottom. Meanwhile, I'm begging the kids to keep the dirt outside and play quietly without messing anything up. That means constant pleas of this nature "Clean up your toys." "Please don't play with that puzzle or game or legos or dollhouse with a million pieces." "Why don't you just pretend to color, cut, glue and paint?" And, the following are entirely off-limits when I'm trying to get ready for a showing: play-dough, moon sand (which is possibly one of the worst creations), anything resembling craft supplies, food and drinks. I know I will probably be reported to CPS tomorrow, but if you have ever tried to sell a house, you understand the dilemma. Luckily, Scott was home this weekend while we tried to get ready for the open house. He kept trying to help clean, organize and plant flowers, but all I really wanted him to do was entertain the kids. He took them out to breakfast and I had a heavenly hour and a half to finish my chores. I never thought I would enjoy cleaning so much. There's just something about mopping in a peaceful house with no one running through with dirt-covered sandals.


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