There have been many things I have had to learn to accept upon becoming a Mother. Like accepting that the house will get messy. There is no if’s, and’s or but’s about it. The reality is that if you have kids your house will get messy.


Keeping a house clean with kids around is almost like trying to brush your teeth after eating Oreo’s. Impossible. You just need to learn to roll with it.


In my case you learn to accept Swiffer as your new best friend.

You will find me using my Swiffer Sweeper and WetJet almost daily. Whether it be to quickly clean up the floors before a play date or to clean up the dirty foot prints traipsed in from the outdoors, these products are what contribute to my house remaining somewhat tidy. Even if only for a few minutes.

Did you know that 75% of millennials think that letting kids make messes encourages their creativity? This is in comparison to the 62% of Boomer parents.

Allowing kids to make messes can be a great learning opportunity, in so many ways. Nearly all parents (97%) agree that young children learn a lot from cleaning up a mess.


So if you are like I once was, terrified of accepting the mess. Don’t be! Just say yes to the mess because the reality is that those messy activities, like making cloud dough or finger painting can be tidied easily and well, your children love them!  What could be better than sipping coffee while accepting life’s little messes while your child embraces a life rich in creativity? Absolutely nothing!


I would love to hear you share about your child’s most brilliant “mess” to date. Tell me about it in the comments below, and enter for your chance to win a #YesToTheMess Prize Pack. This prize pack is valued at $83* and includes:

  • Swiffer 360 Duster Starter Kit
  • Swiffer WetJet Starter Kit
  • Swiffer WetJet refill
  • Swiffer Sweeper
  • Swiffer Dry Refill
  • Magic Eraser

Giveaway Disclosure: This giveaway ends at 11:59PM ET on May 31, 2016. This giveaway is open to residents of Canada only, excluding Quebec. P&G has only provided me with the product that I am using as the prizes for this contest.  The contest is not otherwise endorsed, designed and/or administered by or associated with P&G.By entering the following contest you are accepting that, if you win, your contact information will be shared with a P&G PR and shipping agency for the purpose of mailing your prize.  Please allow 4-6 weeks from the contest closure date to receive your prize. This giveaway may appear on other blogs as part of the #PGmom/#mamanPG program. However, to be fair, you can only win once per giveaway.  If your name is chosen more than once, another winner will be selected. All winners must be from within Canada.

Disclosure: I am a P&Gmom/mamanP&G. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events and opportunities. The opinions on this blog are my own.

Image Source: Shutterstock | Finger Painting & Kids Playing in House

92 Comments on Say Yes to the Mess with Swiffer

  1. MaryG.
    May 15, 2016 at 6:24 pm (2 years ago)

    My daughter squirted that gel baby oil all over the bathroom…took forever to clean up!

  2. Lynda Cook
    May 15, 2016 at 6:30 pm (2 years ago)

    The only mess so far that my grandkids have done at my place is getting the toys everywhere, and finger paints all over the kitchen..ugh that one was awful!!

  3. Betty S
    May 15, 2016 at 6:32 pm (2 years ago)

    We have great messes when we have make your own pizza night

  4. Stephanie LaPlante
    May 15, 2016 at 6:35 pm (2 years ago)

    I would definitely say candy apple sauce EVERYWHERE!

  5. Andrea Carranza
    May 15, 2016 at 6:52 pm (2 years ago)

    The worst mess is when my daughter got into my lipstick and used it all over herself and the walls

  6. Victoria Ess
    May 15, 2016 at 7:08 pm (2 years ago)

    My niece’s cake smash for her 1 year birthday party comes to mind!

  7. Anne Taylor
    May 15, 2016 at 7:24 pm (2 years ago)

    I think my daughter was about three when I accidentally left a full bottle of bright red nailpolish out. It ended up all over my couch and my floor! What a mess! Now, its baby stuff again as our grandson lives with us.

  8. Judy Cowan
    May 15, 2016 at 7:35 pm (2 years ago)

    Bottle of pasta sauce knocked off the counter.

  9. Jeannie
    May 15, 2016 at 8:22 pm (2 years ago)

    My son stepped on some spilled jam and decided to walk around the house looking for me to help clean it!

  10. Sara
    May 15, 2016 at 8:49 pm (2 years ago)

    My daughter got her hands on a blue ink lad when she was about a year old. She got it all over her hands and her mouth, she had smurf lips for a couple days!

  11. Laurie Harrison
    May 15, 2016 at 9:04 pm (2 years ago)

    My kids love to chase the three dogs in the backyard after a rainstorm… Then bring the outdoors in

  12. Elizabeth Matthiesen
    May 15, 2016 at 9:21 pm (2 years ago)

    The worst mess ever that took forever to clean up was when my 15 mth old son (this is nearly 40 yrs ago so I have forgiven him!) managed to get the Penaten cream, (very thick diaper cream) from the changing table and then proceeded to smear it all over the long haired carpet, up and down the walls and of course all over himself too. Disastrous stuff to try and clean off.

  13. marie s
    May 15, 2016 at 9:53 pm (2 years ago)

    does potty training count as a big mess? That would be it for me

  14. Elaine G
    May 15, 2016 at 10:20 pm (2 years ago)

    My niece coloring on the walls and floors with markers.It was a really big mess.I’m glad it was washable markers.

  15. Kim K
    May 15, 2016 at 11:00 pm (2 years ago)

    Coloured all of the walls and stone work

  16. Marla P
    May 15, 2016 at 11:14 pm (2 years ago)

    We always have spilled juice

  17. Silvia D
    May 15, 2016 at 11:21 pm (2 years ago)

    my daughter when she was 2/3 would draw all over her walls..they were her masterpieces but a mess to clean up!

  18. Dana Flynn
    May 15, 2016 at 11:32 pm (2 years ago)

    Toothpaste all over the bathroom!

  19. Debbie White Beattie
    May 16, 2016 at 12:04 am (2 years ago)

    Recently my niece got paint on her paper, her body and on the floor when she dropped it.

  20. 409cope
    May 16, 2016 at 7:34 am (2 years ago)

    My boys created some nice wall masterpieces when they were little.

  21. Wendy hutton
    May 16, 2016 at 10:31 am (2 years ago)

    that would have to be coloring on the walls

    May 16, 2016 at 11:51 am (2 years ago)

    Baking with the grandchildren always ends in a messy kitchen

  23. angela marriott
    May 16, 2016 at 12:07 pm (2 years ago)

    My daughter spilled her chocolate milk and it splattered everyone, on my curtains ,ceiling walls.

  24. Amy Heffernan
    May 16, 2016 at 12:14 pm (2 years ago)

    Argh KETCHUP full bottle all over kitchen!

  25. ivy pluchinsky
    May 16, 2016 at 12:23 pm (2 years ago)

    glitter and glitter glue all over the table and floor

  26. Carole Dube
    May 16, 2016 at 12:41 pm (2 years ago)

    My son drop a full 4 litre of milk when he was six. It splash a ll over the kitchen. I was painting the stair railing with oil paint and m daughter ran down the stairs and oops, she knock the paint.

  27. Donnas
    May 16, 2016 at 1:18 pm (2 years ago)

    My daughter decided it would be fun to colour her walls with markers.

  28. Susan T.
    May 16, 2016 at 1:36 pm (2 years ago)

    I have cats, not kids but they make messes too! The worst was when my new kitten knocked half a dozen light bulbs off of a workbench and on to the concrete basement floor. Luckily we got to him before he could walk through the broken glass!

  29. jan
    May 16, 2016 at 2:11 pm (2 years ago)

    When it started to drizzle outside he thought he’d transport some of his sandbox with a dumptruck from the outdoor sandbox to that great looking mini one (a table tray) sitting in the living room.

  30. Glogirl
    May 16, 2016 at 2:13 pm (2 years ago)

    The biggest mess was when I was babysitting years ago and a toilet overflowed and dripped down into the basement. I had to get a neighbour to come over and help!

    May 16, 2016 at 2:16 pm (2 years ago)

    The biggest mess I had was when my son was little and he dumped a container of baby powder out all over the kitchen.

  32. Cheryl
    May 16, 2016 at 2:20 pm (2 years ago)

    My kids make lots of messes with mud and dirt

  33. Florence C
    May 16, 2016 at 2:24 pm (2 years ago)

    I had to clean up many messes. Spaghetti is one that was the most mess.

  34. Jodi Mitrovic
    May 16, 2016 at 2:32 pm (2 years ago)

    My son and I and our 1st attempt at a homemade Father’s Day gift. It was a spectacular mess! We hand painted a birdhouse and a keepsake box. I have since learned to breath, relax and say #yestothemess!

  35. Louise Gilbert
    May 16, 2016 at 2:44 pm (2 years ago)

    my son had dumped a bag of flour and was making roads with his hot wheels cars

  36. Krista M
    May 16, 2016 at 2:44 pm (2 years ago)

    An entire large container of Iced Tea crystals. Then as he ran through it, it stuck to the bottoms of his feet & tracked iced tea footprints all over the house. No matter how many times I washed the floor it was sticky for an eternity!

  37. Ira
    May 16, 2016 at 3:55 pm (2 years ago)

    I’m REALLY trying to avoid any kind of mess, so we didn’t have many of them. The one unavoidable though, drives me nuts – the mess under the high chair…

  38. rachel
    May 16, 2016 at 4:42 pm (2 years ago)

    Coloring with crayons on our yet-to-be-stained cedar shelving…not sure how to get it out!!

  39. Dianne G.
    May 16, 2016 at 5:54 pm (2 years ago)

    My children shook up a two liter bottle of Dr. Pepper and then took the lid off. It went everywhere!!! I cleaned it up right away but for weeks later I kept finding sticky spots on surfaces that I missed.

  40. Jolie
    May 16, 2016 at 6:31 pm (2 years ago)

    I would say dropping a carton of eggs… Took forever to clean.

  41. lynn clayton
    May 16, 2016 at 6:37 pm (2 years ago)

    my son was playing quietly first mistake of mine he then ran upstairs and said uh oh i go down stairs my so put a whole bag of rabbit shavings a whole box of laundry soap in the washer and turned it on lets say the washer was toast and he pushed the button that gave the machine the highest water level it was a mess a big mess that cost me over 500 to replace the machine kids are great lol

  42. kathy downey
    May 16, 2016 at 7:29 pm (2 years ago)

    The most brilliant ‘mess’my grandaughter created was a rainbow drawn with crayons,a nice big one

  43. Gillian Morgan
    May 16, 2016 at 7:37 pm (2 years ago)

    Sophie was running with her spaghetti and it slipped off her plate and then she slipped on the spaghetti.

  44. Amy C
    May 16, 2016 at 8:26 pm (2 years ago)

    My daughter spilled a 4kg bag of sugar all over the floor. It looked like it had snowed in the kitchen.

  45. Belinda McNabb
    May 16, 2016 at 9:14 pm (2 years ago)

    my son spread powder all over his bedroom once and what a huge mess to clean up

  46. Tara Betterley
    May 16, 2016 at 9:29 pm (2 years ago)

    The biggest mess that I have had to clean up is ‘FLOAM’ – they had it on the walls and on the carpet.. They put it on my railings.. It was stuck everywhere.. It was just as bad as Moon Sand.

  47. dave
    May 16, 2016 at 9:45 pm (2 years ago)

    dark blue paint on arm and sleep wear form falling into a bucket of paint

  48. Jonnie
    May 16, 2016 at 9:54 pm (2 years ago)

    A wall portrait complete with glitter glue

  49. Lisa bolduc
    May 16, 2016 at 10:47 pm (2 years ago)

    My son dropped the bottle of Ketchup on the floor and it made a huge masterpiece all over the ceiling

  50. Rebby
    May 16, 2016 at 11:49 pm (2 years ago)

    My little one is a cat and she managed to spill and entire open bottle of canola oil on my floor by knocking it over…she wasn’t even supposed to be on the counter lol

  51. Doris Calvert
    May 16, 2016 at 11:54 pm (2 years ago)

    Biggest mess was when I had my niece & nephew stayed over night for a weekend and wanted to surprise me with breakfast, knowing they are not allowed to use the stove they decided to melt chocolate in the microwave and dip the strawberries I had in the fridge in chocolate with cool whip for a dip, I never had so much chocolate splattered in my microwave or on my floor along with squashed strawberries! It was the messiest but the cutest memory I will cherish forever!

  52. Lisa Smith
    May 16, 2016 at 11:54 pm (2 years ago)

    My twins covered each other from head to toe with peanut butter.

  53. Kam
    May 17, 2016 at 12:08 am (2 years ago)

    My daughter’s most brilliant mess up to this point was spilling her paint. Luckily we had some plastic sheets out so there was little damage!

  54. heidi c.
    May 17, 2016 at 1:48 am (2 years ago)

    my girls thought it would be funny to take off their poopy diapers and smear the poop all over my mom’s guestroom. Now, that was a mess of epic proportions.

  55. Angela Mitchell
    May 17, 2016 at 2:16 am (2 years ago)

    My son dropped a jar of jam in the kitchen and jam, glass and blood from the cuts on his foot were everywhere!

  56. Tainan Lu
    May 17, 2016 at 2:49 am (2 years ago)

    spilled sauce

  57. kristen visser
    May 17, 2016 at 9:18 am (2 years ago)

    when my oldest was younger she used poo as art lol. and with my youngest just yesterday she got into the spaghetti noodles (dry ones) and they were ALL over the kitchen floor

  58. Christina Ferguson
    May 17, 2016 at 8:37 pm (2 years ago)

    The worst mess I have ever had to clean up was when my daughter threw a bunch of flour on the floor then used her juice box to make a gooey mess which she also used to draw a picture on the kitchen wall. 😀

  59. jenny
    May 17, 2016 at 9:05 pm (2 years ago)

    Bottle of pasta sauce knocked off the counter

  60. Bailey Dexter
    May 17, 2016 at 9:28 pm (2 years ago)

    Well, lets just say I’ve learned not to leave my make up bag within reaching distance of little hands! lol, funny now but not at the time! My grandson got into my make up, all over him, the carpet, the walls! What a mess!

  61. Julie bolduc
    May 17, 2016 at 10:29 pm (2 years ago)

    My biggest mess was when my daughter was baking with me and she spilled oil all over the floor

  62. Juliee Fitze
    May 18, 2016 at 5:54 pm (2 years ago)

    Baby powder , just left for 2 seconds to grab something and she dumped it all over herself then ran.

  63. sabina Edwards
    May 18, 2016 at 7:32 pm (2 years ago)

    I think prob melted crayons or nail polish would be the worst that I can remember

  64. valerie
    May 18, 2016 at 8:49 pm (2 years ago)

    The most”brilliant” mess was when he tried to make breakfast for me. My kitchen was a mess.

  65. Lisa Smith
    May 18, 2016 at 9:04 pm (2 years ago)

    And the winner is…. The biggest and by far the hardest to clean, in my opinion has to be those “Soap” crayons that stain the tub surround and any bath linens within the child’s reach during bathtime as well as trying to get bubble gum out of their hair after they’ve fallen asleep with a mouthful of it and lastly all the wonderful carpet stains that resulted from melted homemade “Koolaid/Jello” Popsicles that they promised to eat outside. Oh that reminds me, better put soap crayons, and more Koolaid and Jello on my shopping list for my upcoming visit with my grandsons (at their house). Lol.

  66. Treen Goodwin
    May 19, 2016 at 8:32 am (2 years ago)

    a whole bottle of Orange juice was spilled on the floor , sticky yucky mess ! thanks for the chance !

  67. Mel
    May 19, 2016 at 11:26 am (2 years ago)

    My daughter once spilled flour and water on the floor making a gluey mess!

  68. Crystal Porter
    May 19, 2016 at 1:07 pm (2 years ago)

    Many meals have been launched from tiny hands.

  69. Kristi R.
    May 19, 2016 at 10:11 pm (2 years ago)

    Diaper cream smeared all over the floor!

  70. Ali P
    May 19, 2016 at 10:40 pm (2 years ago)

    Finger painting with acrylic paints….

  71. Brenda Penton
    May 20, 2016 at 5:45 am (2 years ago)

    My son practiced writing his name all over his walls with markers

  72. Joanne Frank
    May 20, 2016 at 9:01 am (2 years ago)

    having poop all over the bathroom ughhh

  73. Wayne Lecoy
    May 21, 2016 at 5:25 pm (2 years ago)

    It would be great to win a #YesToTheMess Prize Pack.
    In response to your question of
    What is the most brilliant ‘mess’ a little
    one in your life has created?
    When my niece was three years old she
    poured Spaghetti Sauce all over the kitchen counter
    and dumped Coffee and Sugar in it.
    Thank you for having this giveaway.

  74. Sunshine G
    May 21, 2016 at 7:23 pm (2 years ago)

    Kate decided to make snow…using an entire tub of baby powder. It was interesting watching the clouds of dust swirl as I attempted to sweep it up!

  75. maria
    May 21, 2016 at 10:29 pm (2 years ago)

    A box of kleenex shredded all over the house

  76. Barb W
    May 22, 2016 at 12:05 am (2 years ago)

    My son wasn’t too bad-mostly just pain messes.

  77. Tina L.
    May 22, 2016 at 2:03 am (2 years ago)

    Paint all over the table.

  78. Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard
    May 22, 2016 at 9:50 pm (2 years ago)

    The kids got into craft paint and it was all over the house

  79. Maritess
    May 23, 2016 at 12:15 am (2 years ago)

    My girl with her cousin decided that it will look funny if they cover themselves with baby powder.

  80. margo b
    May 23, 2016 at 11:23 am (2 years ago)

    oh man there are so many messes kids make, and there are so many that are hard to clean but with Swifter it would make it that much easier to take care of

  81. leana
    May 24, 2016 at 3:11 pm (2 years ago)

    My daughter likes to create wall are with food ugh!

  82. Maria
    May 25, 2016 at 5:16 pm (2 years ago)

    My son spread whole ketchup bottle all over our tiles and cupboards

  83. Viv Sluys
    May 26, 2016 at 12:48 am (2 years ago)

    Several months ago my daughters were making crowns with copious amounts of glitter. My oldest daughter decided to dump extra glitter on her crown and then lifted it up and shook they excess off all over the floor. She also dipped her fingers in the glue and was picking up spilled glitter with gluey fingers…

  84. Sara Rai
    May 26, 2016 at 2:36 am (2 years ago)

    I would say baking and decorating as a starter:p

  85. Amie
    May 26, 2016 at 2:45 am (2 years ago)

    My son drew all over his wall with markers

  86. leanne
    May 26, 2016 at 1:28 pm (2 years ago)

    My twins sons are a walking mess. No clean spot remains after they have been there.

  87. BobbiJo Pentney
    May 26, 2016 at 10:29 pm (2 years ago)

    Mud pies from head to toe.

  88. Doris H
    May 26, 2016 at 11:18 pm (2 years ago)

    Trailing wet mud all across the floor….what a mess that was to clean up!

  89. Laurie Bolduc-Cadieux
    May 27, 2016 at 5:27 am (2 years ago)

    2 little monkeys jumping on my bed. 1 bottle of baby powder, OH MY HEAD!! they had it everywhere!!

  90. Caryn Coates
    May 27, 2016 at 10:38 pm (2 years ago)

    Maple Syrup all over my kitchen

  91. heather sibley
    May 29, 2016 at 7:13 pm (2 years ago)

    Just today my puppy sam stepped into his own waste and then walked all over our hardwood floors.

  92. Darlene Schuller
    May 30, 2016 at 11:02 am (2 years ago)

    She sculptured with flour and water, or tried to… she did pretty good! boy what a mess though


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