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10 Messes That Come With Motherhood

Motherhood is amazing and . . . a mess! It's truly one cleanup after another. Women expect there will be an extra load of laundry or additional dishes that come with having kids, but until the children arrive, mamas really have no idea what is in store or will be on the floor! Here are some of the down and dirty tasks most moms never anticipate.

  1. When your kid has a cold, the tub, their pillowcases, and their sleeves are not immune to nasal drip.
  2. Wrappers and remnants of everything from peanut butter sandwiches to forgotten gummy bears stick to the car's floor mats or get wedged between the seats.
  3. Numerous treasures will be hidden beneath a child's mattress or bed.
  4. Stock up on sheets or use the "toss" method during flu season. Tired kiddos get sick in their sleep.
  5. Once it's been turned on its head, a toy bin can stretch across an entire house.
  6. The couch is a gold mine for pencils, lollipop sticks, small toys, and crumbs.
  7. Babies aren't old enough to remember their bottles so the forgotten containers of curdled milk are common.
  8. Your son is potty trained, but his aim might be off. Pee pools around the base of the toilet.
  9. No one notices a popsicle drip or sand spills until bare feet hit the floor.
  10. Popcorn and Pirate's Booty have to be picked up by hand or they can clog the vacuum.

Do you have any cleanups to add to this list?

Join The Conversation
zoorph zoorph 7 years
Grubby baby hands on *your* clothes. I'm a nanny and walk around too often with pureed broccoli, carrots, sweet potatoes, oatmeal cereal and other crusty-yet-colorful bits of food on me. I know people must ask themselves whether I've bathed or if the clothes were clean when I put them on... And the answer is yes. Oh, and baby food in the hair. Why *must* they put their fingers in their mouths while eating?!? The kid gets bathed every other day and sponged everyday... but half the time he doesn't look it. Bowel movements on the heels of their feet because they kicked the diaper; for boys, crap under the balls like a hidden treasure. This is all I can think of for now.
jenni5 jenni5 7 years
Sticky (or cheese doodley) hand prints....EVERYWHERE!!!!
MissSushi MissSushi 7 years
I don't see how people can get away with not covering their couches... i'd never sit on my couch and chair ever again if i didn't. we cover them with a sheet or blanket, and wash it every few days.
amandachalynn amandachalynn 7 years
Ahh yes, the pee puddles. I used the 'sink the boat' method. I put a square of tp in the toilet and told him to sink the boat. It worked!
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 7 years
The edges of the bathtub are more of a suggestion than an absolute boundary for toddlers.
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