Recently, I got a few comments asking how I was able to keep a "family-friendly" home. I'm not so sure I'm the best one to answer this question, but I'll certainly try my best.
Although children are quite possibly the most wonderful things in the entire world, it is from my experience that they will inevitably cause 2 problems in a household . . .
1. requirement for all valuables to disappear
2. an over abundance of toys
Now. I will first admit, I can be a bit of a neat freak. I don't collect a lot of knick-knacks or picture frames, and I get panicked over the first inkling of clutter. Therefore, I was lucky in the standpoint of not having to get rid of a lot of things when Ross arrived.
Secondly, I will also confess Ross has been remarkably good about not getting into the things she shouldn't (i.e. plants or breakable things).
It has been my goal from the get-go to maintain a descent looking home regardless of how many children live in it. In most cases, I choose to buy things I know won't get damaged or were bought at the thrift store in which it probably only cost a few dollars anyway.
Undoubtedly, addressing the over abundance of toys has been the most difficult issue . . . especially in our little house. I've tried my very best to conceal as many toys as I can. Like in a cabinet . . .
. . . or in a basket.
I've tried to place toys in several places throughout the house that might spark her interest as opposed to . . . the plant.
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