Rainbows, Unicorns, and Motherhood #7: It Puts the Stuff in the Basket


I frikkin hate messes. They make my anxiety go haywire and also cause some flashbacks to some negative memories.

I am not the neatest person in the world (much better than I was in my dorm days 😬 ) but I tend to keep a decent house.

Enter kids. And husband. And now dog. Ugh. Messes.

Why? 😩

The hubs is actually a really decent housekeeper but very inconsistent. I can get in a good cleaning routine with the kids when the hubs is gone for a bit, but for some reason when all four of us are in the equation, I can’t keep up. I end up shutting myself in a room to stare at my phone or do a puzzle because that means I can’t see the mess.

Vicious cycle of messery.

Tip to help with the mess-driving-anxiety?


I’ve recently been throwing baskets in common kid tornado areas and just throwing all of the crap in the baskets when it gets overwhelming. Every few days I’ll sort through everything that is in there and put it where it belongs, but it saves my sanity a bit. Keeps me calmer with the kids and makes cleanup for me (and the kids) easier.

Highly recommend if you don’t do this already. I’ve cut down the kids toys to building stuff, stuffed animals, and a few other things, but it doesn’t stop G from literally throwing stuff everywhere and driving me nuts.

I need more baskets.

Love others. Love self. Love coffee.

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3 thoughts on “Rainbows, Unicorns, and Motherhood #7: It Puts the Stuff in the Basket

  1. I’m sure there’s some type of game you can play to get children to pick up after themselves. If you find out what it is? Let me know. I’ll try it with my husband…

  2. I have a few baskets full, shelves full, cabinets full but try to always have some space that is clear, open and large. I need space to think. Placement of “things” has always been important to my sanity. Dirty dishes need to be placed and stacked in a “Zen” like shape. LOL And kids…gonna do what is modeled by the adults. UGH! Consistency in cleaning is not my strong suit either. Your home is always very comfortable, lived in and perfect 🙂

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