Welcome to My Living Room! Please Watch Your Step

I have 4 children, with ages ranging from 3 to 8 years old. This is the reason why my living room cannot be Better Homes and Garden standard. It is impossible. Believe me, I’ve tried. In an effort to keep my living room guest-ready, I declared it a no-toy zone. I had high hopes, which were soon dashed to pieces. I should’ve known.

It’s not that my kids don’t have any places in the house to play. They have their rooms, where most of their toys are stored. And, they have a play area in our kitchen/homeschool room. But for some reason, they usually end up in the living room. I don’t blame them. They want to be where the action is. The living room is where we spend most of our free time. One day these kids will be teens, who will retreat to their bedrooms behind closed doors, and seeing them in the living room will be a rare occurrence. I pray that doesn’t happen though. I love being around them.

So, I really don’t mind that my living room looks like this.

Ok, perhaps the only thing that can annoy me is stepping on their toys on the floor. In the picture above, my youngest son was playing with his Lego Duplo blocks … those are the bigger blocks, which aren’t so bad. But we are a Lego family, and I tell you, when my older kids graduated to the smaller Lego bricks, it was literally a pain on my poor feet.

What does your living room look like?


Ashley at This Heart is hosting a fun blog party of “I’ll Show You Mine”. Please visit her post here, where she gives you a window into her living room. It would be great if you can join the party and “invite” us over. Perhaps by doing this, we won’t feel so bad about the mess that we have to live with sometimes. And, this isn’t just for messy rooms. Maybe your neat and tidy living room is just the inspiration we need to tackle spring cleaning this summer.


15 thoughts on “Welcome to My Living Room! Please Watch Your Step

    1. In the fridge? Yeah, I guess I’ve found toys in some unusual places. You’d think they were alive or something.

  1. Love!! Thank you so much for linking up!! I’m so glad you did. Your living room looks comfy and like great place to sit with a cup of coffee and hang out!

    Thanks for participating 🙂

  2. I think I’m way too embarrassed to show a photo of my living room. The carpet is filthy, the cats have done a number on our love seat and one of our recliners is held together with duct tape. And I haven’t even mentioned our mismatched blinds. On second thought, maybe I should post a photo to make every feel really great about their own living rooms!

  3. Enjoy the mess! All too soon everything will be neat & orderly all the time, and you’ll miss it, and all the confusion, ever so much. Trust me, I know–from experience!! And I think your living room looks comfy & welcoming!

    1. Awww, thank you! I know that most people that come over understand that a little mess here and there is to be expected.

  4. Oh the legos to the foot! We have toys on the floor of the living room too. I was doing a workout dvd the other day in my living room and I stepped down hard on some toy. I actually bruised the ball of my foot!

  5. Your living room doesn’t even look messy at all. Wait till you see ours! Haha, and I only have one kid but it can get too messy. But like you, I don’t really mind, kids are kids. You made a good point that it’s not forever that we’d see them playing in the living room because as a teen, I really preferred locking myself in the bedroom. :)r

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