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3 Ways To Contain Toddler Messes

This post is sponsored by The Libman Company but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

OK mama friends, when you were pregnant how many times did someone say to you “your house will NEVER be clean!” Well I heard that ALL THE TIME. It used to really annoy me. As a type A neat freak I knew I wanted a clean-ish house. Even with a baby/toddler. I want to share 3 ways to contain toddler messes for anyone who, like me, likes to keep their house as clean as they can, especially with school starting and the holidays right around the corner (oh trust me they are coming!)

3 Ways To Contain Toddler Messes

Give them their own space (when possible): We are lucky that our house has a bonus room upstairs. We use it 3/4 as Liam’s playroom and 1/4 as a workout space for us. This is great because he knows this is where we play. His room is for sleep and this room is for fun! It’s a room he has complete freedom in. Spills are also ok because we use our Libman Spray Mop (more on that below!)

Clean As You Go: One of my BIGGEST tips is to clean as you go. When Liam is eating a meal I clean up the dishes used to make the meal. Once he is done I try to clean the floor around the high chair. The Libman Freedom® Spray Mop is my GO TO. This kid knows how to make a mess. His favorite foods are hummus, watermelon, tomatoes, applesauce, and oatmeal. Lets just say our floor can get a bit mess. The Libman Spray Mop has a neck that swivels 360 degrees for extra control to reach tough spots. For me that’s under counters and tables!  It comes with a thick microfiber pad that cleans deep and is machine washable up to 100 times, which is great because we wash it often!  Use the Libman Freedom® Spray Mop to clean your wood floors, laminate, tile, marble, linoleum, stone, and more. AKA all the floors! No batteries, no special cleaning products, no nasty pads to throw away after! Our kitchen always looks clean! Make sure to also check out their Wonder Mop, Buckets, and Tornado mop! The Libman Company has something for everyone!

Straighten Each Night/Nap time: When Liam is asleep we straighten the playroom up so he has a fresh start the next day — to destroy it haha! We also straighten his room before bed and restock the changing table with diapers, wipes, etc. It makes for an easy next day for sure. We also clean all his cups, and run the dishwasher at night. That way the next day isn’t stressful for anyone.

What are your ways to contain toddler messes?

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  1. I’m not a mother, but I’ve always had a habit of cleaning up as I go along. I think a little goes a long way! (though of course, I can’t say much without toddler experience) 🙂

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  2. My Teen Guide wrote:

    I like that mop! It looks like a really effective tool to quickly clean up messes. My kids are a lot older, but they still make a lot of messes during meal time. I will have to get that Libman spray mop soon!

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  3. Being a mother or father sometimes is a worthwhile experience. In my case it hasnt been all smooth.

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  4. Heather wrote:

    I tend to straighten up after the playing is done. The messes only get worse as the kids get older!

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  5. Allie wrote:

    I use spray mops at home too! Easy to use!

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  6. I usually clean up at the end of the day. I used to clean up and the day went by but I ended up having to clean at the end of the day anyway. Lol

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  7. Our guy is only 6 months, but he’s already motoring around. We’re definitely keeping this post pinned for later!!

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  8. I thinking cleaning as you go is a great tip, whether it be for kids or even cooking lol. That looks like a really effective mop!

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  9. angie wrote:

    one of the easiest steps, better than the old fashioned way that I still actually love but most times it is this type of method that I use

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  10. Joline wrote:

    My niece has her own play area and she’s learned to keep (for the most part) her toys and things in there. It helps that she likes picking up her toys too!

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  11. It’s like when you’re cooking or baking a lot – it’s better to clean as you go!!

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  12. Scott wrote:

    We contained toddler messes by limiting them to one room . That way no matter what happened, we only had to clean one room!

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  13. brianne wrote:

    We have messes constantly with three kiddies running around. I need to check out this Libman cleaning tool!

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  14. Hhhhhmmmmmm…..good ones here, Neely! Thanks for sharing.

    Much love. XO

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  15. CourtneyLynne wrote:

    So many helpful tips!! I’m someone who cleans as they go! It’s the best way to avoid a huge cleanup later

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  16. Nida wrote:

    Cleaning on the go becomes harder these days with my two year old messing everything in a second. But yes I agree with it and giving them their own space is a brilliant idea. Thanks

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  17. Tami wrote:

    It is constant clean up with toddlers. I definitely try to contain their messes in a space of their own but it isn’t always possible.

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  18. These are such good tips! I’m currently 23 weeks with twins and people keep telling me the same thing. I will have to remember all of this!

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  19. It’s hard keeping you with toddlers. Cleaning as you go seems like you’d be cleaning all day long. I love having a play area where spells are ok. The mop becomes very useful.

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