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Space for the Butterflies - Making a mess

We sold our house.  It is frankly a phenomenal relief, just as long as we gloss over the fact that we’re due to exchange in May and we don’t have anywhere to move to yet.  We’re working on it, we’ve got back up plans (the tent!), and May is many many weeks away yet.

But the feeling of having sold is wonderful.  I don’t think you can possibly know what it’s like to keep your house to viewing levels of clean and tidy with three small children underfoot until that first week when you realise that you’ve a viewing every day except Tuesday.  We had 33 different people view the house between Christmas and selling, with a fair few second viewings thrown in there for good measure and that’s a lot of tidying up.  We are, to be honest, not people of the tidy variety.  I will always neglect putting away the toys in favour of a good book, or a new quilt, or just one more row, and to quote the photographer who took pictures of our very messy studio, our house is a “creative space”.  But in the interests of house selling we upped our game.  In the run up to a viewing we’d near enough empty the kitchen, moving the bin into the garage and the radio into a drawer and draping a spare tablecloth attractively over the bits that really couldn’t be moved.  In the lounge we’d put things away, and then have a mad run around and put the things that usually live out in sight into yet another long life carrier bag, many of which have yet to return from garage purgatory.

Space for the Butterflies - Making a mess

I doubt it’s easy when your household does not include a Kitty, and Elma and a Pip, but it was so hard to explain to them why we had to tidy up and tidy up now, and no that really amazing railway layout can’t stay down but we can take a picture and I’ll build it again with you later. Balancing that with trying to keep the kids enthusiastic about the move, especially when our multiple attempts at house buying have come to nothing, has been really really tough.

Space for the Butterflies - Making a mess

The day the sale was agreed I don’t think we let ourselves believe it, but slowly it’s sunk in, and we’ve celebrated with the little things; leaving the train track across the lounge all night, washing the laundry rather than hiding it in the boot of my car, and yesterday, doing the messiest thing we could think of: gloop.

Space for the Butterflies - Making a mess

Gloop is always an outside activity, but even then it’s usually pretty messy and needs a good heavy rain shower to wash away the resulting detritus, something that isn’t always guaranteed, even in England (I know!).  It’s the classic non-Newtonian liquid experiment, made with cornflower and water and then a blob or two of food colouring for good measure.  I make it the same way as in the instructions I wrote last year only this time we used green gel colour, blue liquid and a pink liquid that I found in the back of the cupboard and I’m pretty sure had seen better days.

The green was by far the dominant colour and as the kids mixed and swirled and dug their fingers in it all turned a pretty spring green, very appropriate if unintended.

Space for the Butterflies - Making a mess

All three of them enjoyed mixing it up and pushing it around, and picking it up to let it ooze through their fingers.

It’s such a weird but wonderful sensation, even if it does always end up on their feet, and the perfect excuse for making monster faces.

Space for the Butterflies - Making a mess

Space for the Butterflies - Making a mess

But most of all, it was a chance to reclaim our house from property selling perfectionism, and let it just be our home, for a little while longer.

Joining Katie at Mummy Daddy Me and Donna at What the Redhead Said for The Ordinary Moments

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  • Laura @ Little Ladies Big World 19/03/2017 at 7:38 am

    Yay on selling you house! It is a totaly relief to just live again isn’t it? I saw this gloop on your instastories and it reminded me that my eldest used to love making this and we totally need to start again it looks like they had so much fun x

  • Leah 19/03/2017 at 8:36 am

    Your post made me smile, a celebration with mess 🙂 Well done for selling up. Xxx

  • Doris 19/03/2017 at 12:20 pm

    Congratulations on selling and the house being back to something to really live in for weeks to come. Good luck with buying!

  • Jenny Benton 19/03/2017 at 8:27 pm

    Congratulations on your house sale. Hoping that the perfect new home will pop up soon and everything will fall into place with the least amount of disruption.

  • Jenni 19/03/2017 at 9:13 pm

    Yay on the house sale, how exciting. This messy play looks great fun x #ordinarymoments

  • Sherry 19/03/2017 at 9:41 pm

    Congratulations on the sale! You really do sounds relieved and I hope you find the house that meets your dreams soon. Gloop – now that is one interesting mis isn’t it? I just cannot get my head around it although my girly adores it. Have a great week #TheOrdinaryMoments

  • Rachel @ The Ordinary Lovely 19/03/2017 at 9:43 pm

    Hey, congratulations, Carie! It must be a relief for the house to be finally sold. Yay! Now to find somewhere to live. Oddly enough, I bought cornflour last week to do the very same with my boys. Gloop is on the agenda for tomorrow!

  • Mary Smith 19/03/2017 at 10:33 pm

    This looks so much fun. Congrats on the sale – we just sold ours too and the tidying with kids in the house is certainly some kind of weird joke! Fingers crossed you will find something soon x #ordinarymoments

  • Michelle 20/03/2017 at 4:09 pm

    Congratulations on selling your house! That’s something I hope we don’t have to do again for a long, long time. When we sold out last place, I was homeschooling the older two, wrangling the six-month-old, and newly pregnant with the youngest. And moving into the new place that we bought before selling the old one. It didn’t get cleaned, or staged, or anything else that the real estate agent wanted. But it did sell, eventually.

  • Annie 20/03/2017 at 4:25 pm

    This post made me smile–your girls’ faces while they play! Good news on the house, too. I know all of you are breathing a big sigh of relief! One down…

  • Donna 22/03/2017 at 11:26 am

    Oh they look like they are having so much fun!! I can’t imagine having to keep a house viewing-tidy with three children, but YOU DID IT!! YAY!! Huge congrats on selling your house, I hope it all goes through smoothly and you find somewhere perfect to buy too x

  • Emma T 22/03/2017 at 11:42 am

    Well done selling the house. That’s a lot of house viewings. We found it painful enough selling our mum’s empty house, and that only had a few pieces of furniture there.

  • Becky | Spirited Puddle Jumper 28/03/2017 at 4:19 pm

    Ah bless them! Our two love messy play, we really must enable them to do more of it! x