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Karlstad Long skirt slipcover in Linen Flax

A living room’s sofa gets dirty when it’s used, that’s an inevitable fact of life. Wine gets spilled, chips and cookie crumbs get under the seats, sometimes you’ll find few dollars worth of coins if you’re lucky.

Luckily, with these tips, you’ll be able to cut down cleaning time, freeing yourself up for more Netflix and Instagram selfies.

1. Do not let them get on or even near the couch, especially with food!

Kids are messy, dirty creatures, and they will bring crumbs and grubby hands onto the sofa, especially after they’ve been playing outside for two hours. For these reasons they are NOT welcome on the couch. We must keep it pristine and spotless at ALL times.

How else to get your living room looking like this?

2. Get them to clean up.

Excellent training from Ye Bin’s mommy who made sure she’ll never get tired and give up that mop no matter what. The 15-month-old is a busy bee indeed.

3. Play inside the “circle” at all times.

In fact, they should ONLY be allowed to play when they’re inside the circle. They’re only allowed out of the circle during mealtimes and naps. This way, you won’t have to pick up their toys strewn all over the house. It’s the right thing to do and it’s so much safer too – no more tripping over toy cars on the stairs!

4. Punish your pets – they will scratch your sofa!

Absolutely de-claw them at least; sure they can’t defend themselves when they get into a fight with other cats. But hey, they shouldn’t get into one in the first place, ‘cos their main responsibility after all is to warm your feet.

Cat Scratching IKEA sofa


5. No crayons or colour pencils – because they will draw on it!

Ban any and all of them from the house. Look at what this lil’ girl did to her mom’s sofa! Mommy had to draw all over them just to conceal the damage. The wine stain, of course, is the girl’s fault also who stressed her mom out so much she needed four drinks that night.

Drawn Ektorp Slipcover

6. No stickers – no no, because they can’t keep it in the sticker book.

The stickers will end up on the fridge, all over the wall, on the windows

Stickers on the windows? No thank you!

7. Just DON’T have kids or pets altogether – they are the WORST!
I had a cat, and now a kid, and I’ve got a business to run – life isn’t easy for sure.

But of course, I wouldn’t trade anything for what I have now.

If I were to advise, you can always delay having kids or pets is there’s no absolutely need for them. They’re awesome to have around but if you aren’t passionate enough to keep them around for the next couple of decades or so, then I probably wouldn’t recommend it.


Well, these are some tips to ensure you have a pristine looking living room. Unfortunately, wifey and I couldn’t adhere to even a single one of them.

In fact, it’s been a long time since we’ve said to our guests and visitors, “So sorry, the house is in such a mess!”. It’s not that we stopped caring, but we believe this is what a home should look like, a home that’s lived inside out, cherished and enjoyed by family and friends.

It’s nice to browse through design magazines and gaze at all the pretty, spotless homes in there. Is it realistic to want the same for our own homes? I hardly think so. Maybe we’ll get that pristine white couch when the kids at older, but until then, let’s enjoy our homes as they should be – lived in.

For all the messes we have on our sofa, we simply strip them naked, toss our custom slipcover into the wash, and voila!

I’ll end the post with an homage to all the super mommies out there:

mess mess mess in the house


A man came home from work and found his three children outside, still in their pajamas, playing in the mud, with empty food boxes and wrappers strewn all around the front yard.

The door of his wife’s car was open, as was the front door to the house and there was no sign of the dog.

Proceeding into the entry, he found an even bigger mess. A lamp had been knocked over, and the throw rug was wadded against one wall.

In the front room the TV was loudly blaring a cartoon channel, and the family room was strewn with toys and various items of clothing.

In the kitchen, dishes filled the sink, breakfast food was spilled on the counter, the fridge door was open wide, dog food was spilled on the floor, a broken glass lay under the table, and a small pile of sand was spread by the back door.

He quickly headed up the stairs, stepping over toys and more piles of clothes, looking for his wife. He was worried she might be ill, or that something serious had happened.

He was met with a small trickle of water as it made its way out the bathroom door.

As he peered inside he found wet towels, scummy soap, and more toys strewn over the floor. Miles of toilet paper lay in a heap and toothpaste had been smeared over the mirror and walls.

As he rushed to the bedroom, he found his wife still curled up in the bed in her pajamas, reading a novel.

She looked up at him, smiled, and asked how his day went. He looked at her bewildered and asked:

“What happened here today?”

She again smiled and answered, “You know every day when you come home from work and you ask me what in the world I do all day?”

“Yes,” was his incredulous reply.

She answered, ‘”Well, today I didn’t do it.”


Happy Friday! 🙂

Photo credits:

When I Showed My Husband the ‘What Do Moms Do All Day’ Picture…