Cleaning up after your kids is often a futile task. After all, the next time you turn around the mess is likely to have returned.
This is something mum-of-three, Heidi Hamm, knows all too well.
Sharing her frustration on Facebook, Heidi reveals the simple solution she has now adopted at home.
“For years I would spend a few minutes every night, cleaning up after my kids. I would hate to calculate just how many hours of my life have been spent picking up toys. Too many,” she said.
“I love them. So much. They’re amazing little humans but they’re messy. And they don’t care. I don’t get it. Clearly they are lacking in the clean gene department.”
Until one night her husband came home to find her colour-coding the children’s Lego: asking her a simple question - everything changed.
“Why don’t you just shut the door?” he asked.
“I stared up at him. It’s possible it was more of a glare. I had been expecting him to join me on the floor, sifting through the mountain of Lego. Instead, he offered me those seven words.”
And just like that, she closed the door.
“Apparently, it was all I needed. I got up and closed the door.
“These days everybody is talking about how self-care is so important when you’re a parent. And it is. It’s so easy to lose yourself in taking care of everyone else. But self-care? Yeah, it’s not so easy. It takes time, and energy and asking for help.”