Confession: my house is often a mess, even 10 minutes after we straightened and picked up.
I’m sure the underlying problem is that I have not sufficiently taught my children to put things away as they go through their day. While they are very capable at cleaning up their messes, they are not at all capable of preventing a mess in the first place.
Mothers of young ones, learn from my mistake!
The younger ones learn from the older ones, and bad habits are learned much more easily than good ones. It’s usually easier to pick up after little ones than to teach them to do the job themselves. It’s even easier to let the mess accumulate all day and clean up just once after they’re in bed. But you may find a heavy price to pay in coming years.
Don’t just teach them to clean up their messes; teach them to put away each item as they finish and before they get out a new one.
If your children are older and you have already made my mistake, just move to a country with a very long driveway so you can see company coming in time to do the QUICK! CLEAN UP! That works too.