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.
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.