Our house: before kids / after kids

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We used to be so proud of our clean and clutter-free house. We love design furniture and made sure our house looked good all the time….and then we got kids…2 boys….and this is what happened to our house! Before & after kids.

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  • http://twitter.com/Trishluvsdolfin Trish Schroeder

    Oddly enough, my house actually stays CLEANER now that I have a kid, though my carpets usually look like someone shot the Fruit of the Loom guys in my house.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jessica.gaedtke Jessica Gaedtke

    I’m generally pretty happy if the table gets wiped, the crumbs swept up and most of the toys put away 🙂

  • Anonymous

    You can always clean your house later. Your kids won’t stay littler forever. Enjoy them! Its only STUFF…STUFF can be replaced. Memories can’t. 

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, that happens.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-Ellingson/1396005196 Jessica Ellingson

    yep, looks pretty familiar!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1247558854 Gina Peyer

    Love it!!  Fits right in with my life and my favorite quote right now: “Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing is like shoveling the sidewalk before it stops snowing.” –Phyllis Diller

  • Anonymous

    So glad I have kids… 2 girls. That never happens with girls. You know, because girls and women are so docile and neat naturally.

    Sorry to be snarky, because I totally DO understand the OP’s predicament, and I also understand what it’s like to feel like only your kids are like this. Like others don’t have this problem.

    But am I the only one who thinks the “messy, dangerous, rough boy” stereotype is one of the last accepted ones in our generation? I don’t know one. single. person who has girls whose house is any neater, in any way, than the picture shown above. Most are much worse. It’s not boys. It’s immature little primates, a good 90% of them. I don’t like this stereotype because I believe it contributes to the demonization of boys in the classroom as well as in society in general. Boys are wonderful little people, compassionate, able to control themselves, and attentive, just like little girls.

    • Ezmie McCutcheon

      I don’t get that the OP was gender stereotyping boys as messier or rough? I think the mention of him having two boys is just that- more information- not justification.  Not sure what you are basing your assertion on?…

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  • Billy Joel Bitongga

    What a disaster.Kids, they really test our patience.But you just have to understand.They don’t know what they’re doing

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sheila-Makaio/100002864232535 Sheila Makaio

    I have 2 boys and 2 girls ages 14, 16, 18, and 20.  I so remember those disaster days. Dont worry it does get better and yes you will be able to set all your nice decorations out again

  • Alana Jackson

    oh i feel your pain.  i have two small children.  there is so much God awful plastic crap in my house now! i have really happy kiddos though! 

  • http://www.stealthgenie.com/parental-control.html Parental Control

    I have one tip for this. When you’re slightly grown up to understand what you are telling him. Tell him politely to clean up their mess once they done playing. Bring a chest or box or something where they can put their toys. And once they are done with one toy tell to put it back, if you’ll make your kids responsible of cleaning part. He will never leave the mess for you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jeffie-Lynn-McKay/1740778128 Jeffie Lynn McKay

    I laughed so hard my boys came to see what was so funny.. I feel your pain. We have five boys. I have adopted the phrase,” other people have things.. we have kids”

  • Anonymous

    I see a lot more love and character in the “after” photo

  • Anonymous

    My mom lives with me and this is how the house looks like after the grandchildren come to visit which is about once or twice a week, i do not complain because I can send them home 🙂

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