I like a clean house as much as the next person, but I sure don't like cleaning. Before kids, I didn't mind cleaning too much and kept a pretty clean house. Of course, it wasn't that hard to keep the house clean when my husband and I both worked full-time and no one was dumping a bowl-full of food on the floor several times a day. But now that I have three little ones, and the amount of kid-free time I have to get anything done has shrunk to a pin-head, it's hard for me to spend those precious 5 minutes between nursing and wiping a bottom doing dishes or mopping the bathroom floor. In one of the great ironies of life, children bring more messes and infinitely less time to do anything about it.
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