Good Moms Have Sticky Floors

This weekend I came across a piece of wall art on Catching Fireflies that said:

“Good Moms Have Sticky Floors, Dirty Ovens, and Happy Kids”
I feel better already. It comes as no surprise that it was sold out.

When I tweeted this saying and put it on my Facebook, it prompted a lot of responses and many Amens. Single Dads and Grandmas wanted in on it, too.

Happy Kids

Happy kids

Smiling kids. I know she draws better than me.
Note: All girls are princesses which explains the crowns.

Jessica suggested adding “something dripping in the fridge” to the list, which I totally agree with. I imagine the wall art could be expanded to cover the entire kitchen wall.

Some things I would include…

paper dolls

Two of about 50 paper people constantly showing up around the house. I think they are the cutest things!
Wait! Girls don't have noses?

  • Unidentified moldy food in the back of the refrigerator.
  • Pile of folded laundry on the top of the dryer.
  • Living room floor covered in paper scraps from a paper doll project. –>
  • Weeds in the flower bed
  • Smudges on the sliding glass door
  • Dusty ceiling fans

Art by my five year old budding artist

What would you add to the list?

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  1. How about: a drawer full of mis-matched socks?

    When I was a kid and an odd sock was left after laundry was done, Mom would put it in a drawer, and check the drawer every once in a while to see if any of the missing mates had shown up. A friend of mine’s mom would yell at them if odd socks showed up after the final tally. She even gave them rubber bands to fasten socks together to be sure they stayed together in the laundry.

    I think Seinfeld would have called her “The Laundry Nazi’
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  2. Mine are in the laundry basket waiting for a match or something “close enough” to be declared a match. I literally buy socks for everyone every 2 months. Somewhere they are secretly working on a project made of socks… I know it! That’s funny she rubber banded them!

  3. I loved this quote! πŸ™‚ I RT’ed it and laughed myself silly.

    Gorrilla glue on the couch?

    Or that might just be my boys. SIGH.

    How about: Sand toys strewn all over the yard
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    • Yes!! Toys in the yard. Good one! I always have to kick toys to the side as I mow. It’s the sign of good outside playtime. πŸ™‚ I can relate to glue too.

    • I think not only toys outside, but washing pegs… they get everywhere!!!

      Also, there’s a whole bunch of things under the bed… socks, tissues, toys, jigsaw puzzle pieces…

  4. Oh, my floors are filthy, I must be the best mom ever!! You really can’t tell that my floors are dirty, though. You would have to shovel off the layer of toys that are constantly littered across the house.
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  5. Well than i must be a rock star with my floors. boom. Love this.
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  6. A microwave with splatter marks all over it!! Melinda, you seriously make me laugh. I saw a comment you made on another blog and loved it. It was about the static electricity death shock one gets in the slides today (versus the third degree burn from the slides of the ’80’s.)
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    • Good one!!! I never notice till I use it and then I forget as soon as I take stuff out of the microwave.

      It’s true about those slides. I can remember negotiating no more sliding at the park because I couldn’t take another shock. It was long hair standing straight up static.

  7. If I were forced–such as by being placed over dunk tank or under unidentifiable sludge–to add to that, it’d have to involve dog hair being in everything. I kinda think it’s perfect as-is, though! (Love the commentary, that being said . . .)
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  8. I love the microwave splatter. I forget about it, too, the second I take the food out and shut the door. I’m crazy about the paper people! I guess if you have a tiara, you don’t really need a nose πŸ™‚
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    • I guess the tiara is to distract from that fact. I love the paper people. I keep asking for her to make one for each of us so I can make an about page with them, but I’m still waiting for that order to be filled.

  9. Kim Skiba says:

    Fingernail polish on your coffee table. Make up on every towel you own and let’s not forget the insane collection of water bottles, drink cans etc. in their bedrooms.

  10. Those paper people are awesome! And I agree with you on all points. I can’t seem to keep up with the chaos, but I do get the kids out to do fun stuff. I am more of an adventurer than a cleaner. I’d rather organize an outing, instead of my closet. What can I add to the list without sounding like a total and utter, disgusting slob? Hmmm um … how about messy bedrooms? Not just the kids’, the parents’ bedroom too. And as for laundry, the clean clothes are not yet folded in the laundry basket for about a week (or more), before I get around to folding them and putting em away (what can I say, the wrinkly look is in, right?).
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  11. FOLDED laundry on your dryer? Wow Melinda, you are more ambitious than I. πŸ˜‰ This reminds me of a past conversation in which we decided that dusting ones’ home was a special feat performed only during blue moons and other such occasions.

    Love that quote–may post it on FB myself! Might have to add “dirty and sticky children….”

  12. I am not a mom, but thinking back on what I put my poor mother through, I would add:

    A few bruises
    plastic dishes (cause I kept breaking all the glass ones)
    A stab wound from a fork (<-She did that too herself. I take no responsibility.)

    And I definitely remember piles of laundry in the general vicinity of the dryer – I can't speak to whether they were folded or not. πŸ™‚

  13. Those drawings remind me of my artworks during my childhood years. Guess where I drew them… On our wall and cabinets! lol I guess we can add that on the list, too. πŸ˜€ Those cabinets still exist to this day and my very innocent artworks are still there.

  14. I would add stacks of school pictures from previous years. (They design those packages so you almost have to buy the ones with way more pictures than you have relatives.) And school supplies — we have enough looseleaf paper and colored pencils to open our own Staples.

    Great post, Melinda.
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    • Oh yea! And they make those packages so big you can’t put them anywhere. I go crazy buying school supplies while they are so cheap at the beginning of the year. Unfortunately I’m still training the little one that a glue stick is not a one time use disposable item that you leave the top off and let it dry out every single time.

  15. So, basically, every woman featured on Hoarders is Mom of the Year!

    I think I’ll use this quote to my advantage because I hate cleaning. I live a life of office-based clutter and squalor. Not because I’m lazy or apathetic, but because I want happy kids. Who then inherit my own slackitude and pass it on to their children. The slacker part of my family tree starts today.

  16. I’ve no kids, but that’s what my room still looks like since I was a kid…. eek! πŸ˜‰
    Thanks for the laugh! πŸ™‚
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  17. You mean we’re supposed to dust the ceiling fans? Great, another thing to feel bad about!

    How about:

    A jigsaw puzzle and a craft project on the dining room table.
    Books scattered in every room.
    Too much junk on top of the dryer for folded laundry!

    Personally, I’ve always been a bit frightened by those houses where, when you walk in, you can’t tell if they have kids. Not a problem at my house!
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  18. Horace Popick says:

    I’m not a Mom but the following list that you have showed above was the same as mine too. By the way your little princess is such a creative one in making paper dolls. My great pleasure to stop by here in your blog and know more about good Moms. πŸ™‚
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