I get the comment often that my house is looks like I don’t have 5 kids. That is a compliment I always appreciate hearing because it couldn’t be farther from the truth. There are many days when everyone is home that the place looks like a poorly run daycare with toys seriously scattered over every inch of the place. Note: I’ve never seen our daycare look like that.
My theory is let them play and then pick up at nap and bedtime so I at least ‘feel’ like we have a normal house.