Working My Way Up To Neurotic?

So, at bedtime last night I brought Hubby’s attention to the state of the floor around the dinner table. It. Was. Horrendous. Raisins, cereal, popcorn, crumbs, legos, etc. etc. etc.


I usually vacuum it every other day, and if I catch a boy helping with mess creation detail I request his assistance with cleaning. But I’ve had too many things running through my head lately and haven’t had the concentration to follow up on the floor. So it got pretty bad.

Hubby suggested I wait until morning and have the boys pick up the larger pieces by hand. But I just couldn’t stand it and hauled out the vacuum forthwith.

Wanna know the reason I couldn’t stand the mess? I’ve probably been watching too many crime shows on TV lately. Finally confessed to Hubby last night: I keep thinking “What if a crime is committed and the crime scene investigation people have to come through and investigate a messy house?”

I thought for SURE he’d suggest gently that I should cut down on the Law and Order reruns, but he surprised me by saying, “Well, that’s not as bad as (name removed to protect the innocent), who wanted her house clean in case anybody broke in.”

Apparently, I’m in good company. 🙂

Earnest Parenting: help for parents who watch too many crime shows.

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4 Responses to “Working My Way Up To Neurotic?”

  1. I have just one kid and some nights my floor looks worse than that! Drives me crazy. I have to clean up and suffer taunts from my husband: “We live in a slum.” Right, that’s coz I clean up properly. His idea of cleaning up is dumping stuff into bags, sealing them, and throwing them into hard-to-reach shelves. 🙂 Oh please, please tell me of some serious disciplinary tactics I can use!

  2. Amy says:

    @Writing Mommy: Lol. That picture doesn’t approach how awful it got here. I found it online because I didn’t want a photographic record of the mess here. The good news is they’ve kept about 80% of the food off the floor by the table. I will need to vacuum today though.

    Are we disciplining your husband? Lol. Not much you can do directly with that, although Love and Logic tactics do work on adults. Have you read the books? If you’re disciplining your kid and teaching him/her to clean up that’s different. I’ve got LOTS of ideas for that! Let me know. 🙂

  3. Bob Younce says:

    OH, I’m dyin’! This is soooo Angie and me!

    Is this like telling your kids to wear clean underwear in case they’re in an accident?

    Perfect Friday post, Amy. Great story to end the work week on.

  4. Amy says:

    Lol. Thanks Bob. Absolutely. Clean underwear is a must. Although my boys are usually still puzzled by that one. We’re working on it!

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