Is it possible to keep your house clean living with 16 month old?
My kitchen is like an old-fashion mud-room. It's where the farm comes inside, drops off it's dirt and then heads to another room--toys, tools, clothes... basically the whole house resides in the kitchen at one point or another.
I've been thinking about putting a single plastic tub in each room in the house. That way when I need to speed-clean the kitchen (or at least make it less disgusting to cook in), I can zoom around the house, at least putting things in the right rooms, even if I don't have the time to put them in their right places at that moment.
Has anyone else ever tried this? Do you think it will just cause another back-up of things to do (read: just a lazy way of handling things), or do you think this is a good idea?
My little Rosebud learned how to run at 11 months, and now that she's 16 months, and has to know what EVERYTHING is, and how she can either stack it on top of her latest Lego creation, or where she can "put it away" in a different shelf or drawer (she's a little OCD like her mom when it comes to organization), I am going literally crazy trying to keep up with the cleaning in this house! I have a husband, but he refuses to clean, pick-up, or put anything away. He's incredibly loveable and wonderful, but he's lucky he is, because I'm about ready to hire a cleaning lady, and pre-baby I was basically Monica off of Friends.
HELP! I welcome any and every idea you guys can come up with.
I've even considered LITERALLY throwing everything away that doesn't get put where it's supposed to go. You know the old legal adage, "make it cheaper" (to do the right thing). I would do that to everything in the house, if I didn't think my husband would just decide to ditch my butt. ;)