Tuesday, December 9, 2008

The Reverse Logic of Efficiency in a Toddler Home

What's the most inefficient way to clean a room in a child-free home? By grabbing 4 items, each from different rooms, putting them away one by one, and then returning for 4 more items from 4 different rooms.
What's the most efficient way to clean a room with a toddler around? By grabbing 4 items, each from different rooms, putting them away one by one, and then returning for 4 more items from 4 different rooms. That's because if you sneak into Room 1 with Item 1, he'll notice and track you into Room 1 to see what you did. That's when you slip into Room 2 with Item 2, which he won't see until you're leaving Room 2. Ever curious, the toddler will take this bait for at least half an hour. Trust me.

3 comments:

Patrick and Leigh said...

EXACTLY!!!! Sometimes I feel like a hamster-in a wheel.

quesetescapa said...

Wow I didn't know that there WAS an efficient way to clean with a toddler. Will have to try that strategy.

krissiecook said...

Let's be clear - I didn't say "the efficient" way, I said "most efficient" way.