The day I realized that having kids means having a messy house…

This post was sponsored by Mr Muscle.

When I was younger, I made a promise to myself…

I promised to always keep my house clean even if I had kids. I promised that I wouldn’t let toys enter my toilet, kitchen or living room and that I would always make time to clean up after the kids.

Years later… early morning, I’m standing in a kitchen filled with dirty dishes, milk spills on the counter, toys and flour all over the place.

These were dishes from the previous night’s supper and a messy counter from this morning’s breakfast.

My daughter had just left for school and while getting her ready, my husband and my son created their own mess in the kitchen.

I had broken the promise that I made to myself years ago.

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I allowed my kids to get inside my space…

I allowed myself to live in a mess…

There was a stage in motherhood where I used to get beyond frustrated waking up to a messy home. I wanted to lock myself in my bedroom and only come out after it all magically disappeared. I didn’t know where to start….

I cleaned and they messed… I cleaned some more and they messed even more. It was a never-ending cycle! It drove me crazy! I felt like pulling the hair out of my head. All I saw was toys and dirt everywhere!

I screamed and they ignored me. Instead, they left a trail of toys and dirt wherever they went!

My house looked like it was never cleaned. My kitchen was always in a mess.

I always found myself apologizing to everyone who came over to visit. “I’m sorry for the mess that my kids created.”

It took one day to change everything… It was the day that I caught my son standing with his tiny broom in the living room trying to sweep. It doesn’t sound like a big aha moment, right? But it was for me! Because it was the first day that he stood up on his own and balanced!

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He was doing something that he had always seen me doing and he tried to copy it.

I stood there and smiled even though I should’ve been angry with him because behind me was a floor full of bits of paper – paper that I am sure was coloring in the picture.

That moment made me realize that having kids means having a messy home…

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Dirt is part of growing up.

They want to explore and be free and we can’t try to keep them inside a box.

Your kids will leave their imprints in your house and that is what will make it a home.

It’s their personality and their chaos that will create memories in your home that you will always remember.

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I knew that I had overreacted this entire time and it put too much pressure on me. I was trying to be the perfect mom with the perfect home following a strict schedule with everyday cleaning. But it never worked … instead, I lost precious moments with my family….

I decided to let it go… and instead, I focussed on getting better products to help me clean up quicker.

I decided to focus on creating the mess with my kids and have fun later cleaning it up… together ….

Is that really possible?! Yes, it is.

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Even though the rest of the house is always in a mess, I make sure my kitchen is always clean.

A clean kitchen = a happy mom!

My counters are always clear of things and sparkling thanks to Mr Muscle 5in1 Kitchen Cleaner.

Mr Muscle knows cleaning should be as easy as possible, which is why he’s created a single product for all of your kitchen cleaning needs.

The Mr Muscle 5in1 Kitchen Cleaner is scientifically formulated with 5-in-1 technology, giving you the power to defeat tough messes in the kitchen.

  • It removes tough grease & grime.
  • It disinfects by killing 99.99% of viruses and bacteria on hard, non-porous surfaces.
  • It leaves a fresh lemon scent which will make any grumpy mom, a happy mom!
  • It leaves the surface sparkling clean and it is the best for quick & easy cleaning especially when you have 2 busy kids.
  • It can be used on worktops, tiles, sinks and work spaces which is why it’s so convenient to have at home.

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With the Mr Muscle 5in1 Kitchen Cleaner, I don’t have to stress about spending a lot of time cleaning my kitchen. I can clean as I go and embrace the chaos my kids created. My kids and I now spend more quality time in the kitchen baking together because I’m not afraid of a mess anymore.

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Hi, I’m Shan. I’m an entrepreneur and a sucker for good adventures. I was listed in Forbes Africa 30 under 30 2019 and just recently launched my start-up – MomSays.

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  1. 2016-10-28 / 22:06

    Mr. Muscle sounds great. When you have kids, a clean house is a thing of the past, that’s for sure.

  2. 2016-10-28 / 22:08

    I’ve been looking for a new cleaner. What I’m using now just isn’t cutting it. Thanks for sharing this.

  3. 2016-10-29 / 03:35

    I love having a clean kitchen as well . It is my favorite room in the house so I try to keep up with it as much as possible. This product sounds like it may help me with that!

  4. 2016-10-31 / 05:05

    I’ve never heard of Mr Muscle before but it sounds great for my kitchen. A clean kitchen – a happy mom, INDEED! Thanks for sharing!

  5. 2016-10-31 / 16:19

    Yup, it’s part of the territory, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. 🙂 Anyway, I haven’t tried this brand yet. Sounds great!

  6. 2016-10-31 / 19:13

    Yea, to my great chagrin. As if I needed help trashing my house, I have three tiny me’s to give me a head start every day

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