Here is a before photo. *gasp* Hey I'm just keepin' it real...
About twice a week I let the kids do what I call "free play". Generally in the mornings when I am trying to get the toilets scrubbed or the floors done or eat bon-bons on the couch while watcing Days of Our Lives I let them run amuck and play with whatever their little hearts desire. They usually desire to simply make a mess. When I am done with my part of the chores then I go in and assess the damage. As you can see from the picture above the girls are usually pretty proud of their mess and the shocked look on mommy’s face that so much mess can be made in a matter of an hour.
Then mommy announce it's time to clean up. In order to make it fun we set the timer and challenge ourselves to tidy up as fast as we can. It’s great incentive for them. We also sing a song we learned from the kids show Little Bill. I won't bore you with the details. But ~ in a matter of 5 minutes or less (they are getting really good) the room looks like this again!
And everything is right with the world again.