A Tale of Two Pretties: The Big Messes that Come with Two Little Girls

by Susan

Susan shares how her daughters have completely changed her idea of a “clean” house.

We all know life with little kids gets messy, but I’m always shocked by how much mess two sweet girls can make in even the shortest amount of time. My girls are now 6 and 8 years old, and over the years I’ve learned a few things about life with little girls.

Facts of Life with Little Girls

3 Facts of Life with Little Girls

1. Little Girls Make Big Messes

Don’t be fooled by their sweet smiles and tiny frames; these little tornadoes leave a path of toys, clothes and food crumbs wherever they go.

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My girls move fast from one imaginary world to the next making toys, dolls and dress-up clothes fly off of shelves and out of drawers to bring life to their stories.

The entire house turns into a playroom overrun with toys. Fortunately, I’ve discovered a few tricks to inspire my girls to clean up their own rooms. I reveal those secrets in my post: 5 Tips for Cleaning with Kids.

2. Everything is a Toy and Everywhere is a Fort

Everything — even your furniture — will magically turn into a toy.

Tweet ThisClick Here to Tweet —–> The bliss of childhood… everything is a toy and everywhere is a fort.

 
An empty kleenex box becomes a nest for plastic birds and your blue yoga mat turns into a pond for rubber ducks.

The couch is a castle wall and the pots and pans are pushed aside so the cupboard can become a crib for yet another elaborate role play of “mommy and baby”.

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You can create the most fabulous playroom with elaborate toy displays, but the girls will still find a way to play IN the furniture and wherever else they’re not supposed to be. Under the kitchen table, behind the couch or in a cupboard, I’ve discovered my girls in “forts” everywhere.

3. Your House Might Turn Pink

My house is pink. Well, maybe not the paint outside, but everything inside reflects the hundreds of pink toys, pink stuffed animals, pink blankets and pink clothes.

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The only break from pink is purple which means our laundry line is a continuum of girlish color.

(Luckily for me, I too love pink and purple, so my laundry fits right in with theirs.)

Most Importantly…

But my most important lesson from raising these two little pretties is to live, love, laugh and snap lots of photos even when it’s messy.

Your Turn

What have your little ones taught you about enjoying life and celebrating everyday messes?

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Susan Carraretto and her identical twin, Janice Croze, created 5 Minutes for Mom in 2006. Susan loves all social media, but her top addiction these days is Pinterest. She recently published a children's book titled "The Pest Detectives" which you can download now in digital format for free.

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1 Nolie
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October 8, 2013 at 7:59 pm

I have the opposite problem. My house is blue wherever I look.
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2 Susan October 18, 2013 at 6:36 pm

Ha ha… that’s funny. And I have to admit, I do love the pink!

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3 Robyn October 9, 2013 at 12:30 am

My house is pink and very messy with a girl!
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4 Susan October 18, 2013 at 6:36 pm

It’s nice to hear I’m not alone.

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5 Penny Raine October 9, 2013 at 7:29 am

Our house and farm is overrun with cowgirls, so yes there is pink :) and boots, and hats and saddles, and everything is a stable :) , cute article and adorable girls you have!
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6 Susan October 18, 2013 at 6:39 pm

So cute to imagine all those cowgirls!

I LOVE horses and I think there’s nothing better for young girls than spending their days in the stables.

Some of the best days of my life were with my horses and my friends at the riding stables. I am sad that my girls won’t have those experiences. (But at the same time, at least I don’t have to worry about them being thrown from a horse. LOL)
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7 Marya October 18, 2013 at 9:42 pm

When the little girls get big and leave big messes it’s not quite as photogenic!

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8 Lisa- The Domestic Life Stylist October 19, 2013 at 3:07 pm

The girls are adorable! I don’t believe for one second that they can make big messes. I have one three year old girl. Let’s just see how things go.
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9 Emily Thomas October 23, 2013 at 9:49 pm

I’m SO not a pink person but, yes, the house does turn pink! And I find myself buying everything in pink just because I know she will love it. I still don’t wear pink. I’m holding out.
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