I am not the awesome organized mom with a pin-worthy home! At any given point of time, I have gazillion chores to do and my house is custom designed by a 4 year old (read that line somewhere and wanted to use it for a long time!). Despite that, I get stressed thinking about the cleaning, about the house in general ( we live in an rented accommodation) if I have to do an activity which will end up being messy! At 2 previous houses we stayed, we had a one important wall covered in bright colored swirls! I was so mortified that I did not give Aarya a sketch pen for days! Yes, I am that mama!
But as I read so many blogs, I learn.
I learn the importance of it
I learn that it is therapeutic
I see that he enjoys it.
For a while now, I have been trying out various options to *contain* the mess! I tried our plastic table cloth, which is slippery, curls up under him and not good according to him. I also tried a lot of other things, which never really contained anything until our daughter’s crib came. The box was huge and it handled the mess! And this has helped me be more *open* to the mess too.
Here are some tips that have worked for me over time (apart from the awesome box) –
* The project is messy, it might get all over the place, there will be lot of cleaning required! Keep chanting this in my head 🙂
* Keep a bath ready (shared via Instagram by my friend @cherishedchaos) – which saves my sanity many a times. I just toss his stuff and him under the shower ( and he absolutely loves that)
* Keep the activity as close to the bathroom as possible! You have no idea, Aarya walks around leaving a trail!
* Clean-up immediately, no – matter what! Dried up stuff is never easy to clean.
* Let him wear clothes that I do not mid staining ( this is a no – brainer but I need to remind myself, always)
* Only do activities when Babe is sleeping or is in a good mood and chirping! A crying baby and a messy project is a BIG no- no!
*Steer clear of paints that stain the tiles.
*Cloud dough is super – messy (never ever allow Aarya to mix it up – it will definitely end-up with more oil than is needed – most probably the whole bottle of oil will be dumped!), do it maybe once a month :-/ And tiny alphabets and dough is not good – they just take lot of time to clean as the dough sticks in the tiny holes 🙁
*For sensory bins, create rules! And STICK to them. No bin items should come (intentionally) out of the bin, ever.
*For water-play, a towel always contains a FLOOD 🙂
* Forgive and Forget. Try again and again and again 🙂
Do you do messy? Would you share with me any other tips?