Things to expect when you come to my house

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I always strive to be an organised person although I often feel like I never quite get there.  Having three kids certainly makes for keeping an organised house a little more challenging to put it mildly (well my three kids do anyway!).  Last week I wrote a post about trying to keep your house clean with kids.  It was slightly tongue in cheek and I felt the need to reassure that my house is far from immaculate.

If you are calling around for a visit I will of course make the biggest effort to prepare, but life being life you may just experience some (hopefully not all) of the following:

1. Loud noises before you have even got in the door; it could be the kids fighting, me hollering or indeed lots of screams of delight and laughter.

2. Expect to step over or squeeze past things to get to the room you are going; bags, coats, buggy in the hall.  You name it, it will be in your way.

3. To have to move something to sit down; inevitably something will be left on practically every chair in the house.

4. Laundry hanging, well everywhere!


5. A bomb of toys exploded in the playroom which *may* just have impacted on other rooms nearby.

6. An unflushed toilet.  I promise I am teaching them to flush but sometimes they forget.  And sorry if you catch a floater!

7. Dust.  I may not have gotten around to cleaning my skirting boards in a few weeks (months?)

8. Small handprints on, well everything!

9. A table full of play doh, Lego, colours or paints.

10. Finally, and most importantly, a warm welcome, happy kids, a cuppa and a chat.



  1. Wonderful Wagon

    February 10, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    Sounds like a happy house to me! I used to look at a *stain* on the wall and hope it was Nutella. Today it wasn’t Nutella……………………
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  3. tric

    February 11, 2015 at 12:02 am

    I remember when I had the big gang of little ones the house was a wreck. One evening a business colleague of my OH called. He kept saying “Your house feels like a real home”. I was so insulted as I felt all he was looking at was the mess and that he was being polite. Now years later I look back and I wonder did I get him wrong.
    I always said as they were growing up, “I’ll have a clean house soon enough” If I’m honest, they are all getting older and the house is still a tip. Loved calling over to yours. Enjoy it in all it’s messiness.
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    • Lucy - Learner Mama

      February 11, 2015 at 10:22 am

      I pretty sure that he meant that as a massive compliment! It teally is about embracing it. My show house can wait 🙂

  4. Naomi Lavelle

    February 11, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    Sounds like my house… on a good day 😉 I would add the distinct possibility of tripping over sticks, or stones or other objects that you would not expect to find INSIDE the house!
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    • Lucy - Learner Mama

      February 11, 2015 at 2:16 pm

      Lol, oh yes come summer there will be a near beach in my house from sand bring dragged in! Its a nice natural effect! Im sure the sticks and stones are too 🙂

  5. Mammyinwonderland

    February 11, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    I love this, I still panic about my house when some people call, but not other mums! I’m like, hey we’re all in the same boat!

    • Lucy - Learner Mama

      February 11, 2015 at 10:04 pm

      Thanks Mammyinwonderland! Oh yeah, the mummy code is not to bat an eyelid over other mums houses 🙂

  6. Sadhbh @ Where Wishes Come From

    February 11, 2015 at 10:01 pm

    Yep. This sounds like my house too – only we don’t have a playroom so EVERY room is a playroom!
    Great post.
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    • Lucy - Learner Mama

      February 11, 2015 at 10:05 pm

      Thanks Sadhbh. The playroom is a new addition and has been great but we seem to just spead ourselves around anyway 🙂

  7. Lisa |

    February 11, 2015 at 10:02 pm

    sounds just like my house too!
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  8. Nicola

    February 12, 2015 at 8:33 am

    I love this Lucy, you’ve described my house minus the playroom, every room is a playroom. And as well as moving things from chairs there’s no guarantee you’ll get up without some sort of food stain on your bum either…….. little people make such big mess when they eat! And the clothes greet you in the hallway, as do the toys, books, buggy’s and hats!
    I’ll always have a cuppa waiting for you though and even cake if it’s been a good morning 🙂

    • Lucy - Learner Mama

      February 12, 2015 at 4:48 pm

      Thanks Nicola! Even with a playroom every room in my house seems to end up as one! Although at least I (theoretically have a home for all the toys). Oh yeah, our couch may not be safe to sit on at times with food deposits. Just close the eyes, sip the coffee and you gotta love a bit of cake too (a few more crumbs on the floor, what harm!)

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