On of the best things about linkies is discovering new blogs and bloggers through the great posts that they link up. If you didn’t already know, I co-host a fab weekly linky called Marvellous Mondays with Kaye from Hello Archie (excuse the shameless plug!) and each week we read amazing posts that have us laughing, crying and nodding our heads fiercely in agreement. Which is how I came across the ingenious idea that inspired this post.
Each week as part of Marvellous Mondays, Kaye and I each pick a post that we love to share as our featured post and this week I picked a post called “Mission Impossible The Crap Buckets” by The Aloha Mummy. After being as fed up as me at having to spend far too much of her day picking up and relocating abandoned and misplaced things around the home, she set about finding a way to get the rest of her family to help restore order in their home. After much comedic trial and error, she invented the ingenious crap buckets concept. A hilarious but genius idea which sees each member of her family, mummy and daddy included, running around to mission impossible themed music in an attempt to relocate baskets full of their possessions that have accumulated throughout the day or week. It really is worth reading The Aloha Mummy’s original post to get the full hilarious gist of it, but needless to say I was left inspired by her post!
Our house is a constant state of disarray these days. Since the newborn came along three weeks ago and we dropped the little lady’s nursery days down to two a week, it isn’t unusual for it to look like the Early Learning Centre threw up in it. I feel like I am constantly battling to restore order and can spend an inordinate amount of time going up and down the stairs and from room to room moving things back to their rightful place. I usually spend a considerable amount of time whilst the little lady is at nursery cleaning, tidying and rearranging the house back into something presentable, but with her finishing nursery at the end of the month it will become virtually impossible and I dread to think what the house will look like after a week.
So yesterday when we were stuck indoors on an uncharacteristically sticky, hot british summers day, I was inspired by The Aloha Mummy’s genius and created a new game for the toddler and I to play called “We’re Going On An Adventure”. The perceptive ones of you will recognise this as tidying up masquerading as a fun, toddler friendly game, which is exactly what it is. But for the little lady it was the equivalent of going on a bear hunt through the house, which coincidentally is what we sang as we hunted around the house for lost treasures. Armed with a backpack, a magnifying glass and a net we roamed each room looking for things that didn’t belong, collecting them in our backpack and relocating them to their rightful place each time our bag was full. We turned the boring, mundane task of tidying up, which is something no toddler ever wants to do, into something that was fun, exciting and a bit of an adventure. Even I have to admit, it was the most fun I’ve had moving things around the house in a long time.
So if you’re looking for a way to get your little ones, or even the other half to help tidy up their bits, think about how you can feed their imaginations and their enthusiasm by turning it into something a little less ordinary!