Before kids, my house was always clean. We owned a robot vacuum so it would vacuum our house daily while we were at work. Dishes were always done. Laundry was always cleaned and put away immediately. There were rarely spills, rarely messes, and rarely anything to clean up after.
Well, enter children. It started off easy with just some spit up and small messes but over the years it has grown into full on attacks to my clean house. Just yesterday, there were messes and spills in the kitchen, in the living room, in the children’s rooms, in the play room, in the dining room, and by the front door. The amount of messes and spills were startling. I was just getting ready for the day, obviously oblivious to what was going on in my own home and I was shocked to see what was happening.
However, if I took a look at what was actually happening, the kids weren’t running around the house trying to be messy, they were creating scenes and stories. The kitchen was in a bedroom and their cars, rockets, and airplanes were in the living room. The rest of the house just happened to be staging areas to create their scenes.
As I watched them work on their vehicles with markers, tape, glue, crayons, and (scariest of all) staples, my heart sank as I saw color and glue get all over their clothes. It was also extremely hard to see bits of tape throughout their hair.
I am trying harder to let the kids be kids and let them enjoy themselves. That doesn’t mean that I don’t hit a breaking point where I break down and need everything cleaned up immediately, however, I’m doing better and allowing the kids to create with fewer restrictions and I think they are really enjoying themselves.
Luckily for me, I found all® POWERCORE™ Pacs OXI at Walmart. It has a superior whitening and brightening power and fights tough stains for all of those play times when the clothes get too dirty. It comes in a powder-liquid combination pac which makes it easy to place into the washing machine with the clothes and let the all® POWERCORE™ Pacs OXI do all the hard work so we can keep playing.
Things You’ll Need for Creative Boxes
- Markers, crayons, and/or colored pencils
We were lucky enough to have a bunch of boxes and packages come within a week of each other but finding boxes at local stores and from neighbors is a great way to accumulate a lot of boxes quickly.
I like to let my kids decide what to do and what to make with the boxes.
The children turn our entire living room into a garage for their vehicles.
Let the kids explore with them indoors and outdoors. Our box-made things go outside into the dirt and left out for the sprinklers to soak them. That doesn’t stop the kids from using them, however.
When your children’s clothes are covered in color from writing utensils, glue, dirt and whatever else they may accidentally get on their clothes while playing, throw them in the wash with all® POWERCORE™ Pacs OXI to help keep clothes looking fresh and bright.