The Toddler House Takeover

10 signs that your home is being taken over by your toddler:

1. The biggest clue is the pile of crap toys that will congregate in one corner of the living room.  I swear that pile multiplies over night! And you can’t get rid of anything, ever, because as soon as you try to sneak something away (you know, something that they have played with for 5 minutes about 6 months ago) it suddenly becomes their most treasured possession!


2. When you do actually manage to get some of the baby toys boxed up you realise there isn’t actually anywhere to put them seeing as the attic and garage are already full of baby/toddler must-have buys so they sit in a box in the spare room, with the noisy ones randomly going off for no reason whatsoever! At 3 am!


3. The fridge is covered in their latest “artwork” (or something they made for Easter that you still haven’t got round to taking down).


4. You have a toddler suitcase in your dining room. Okay this is largely because I’m too lazy to take it upstairs after it’s weekly trip to Nana’s. He doesn’t need a suitcase, he only goes for the day, but his cousin had one and to stop the fighting over the one suitcase they both had to have their own. Standard toddler reasoning!


Plus there is a huge bag of MegaBloks that makes your heart sink everytime your toddler reaches for it.  I wouldn’t mind if he actually built something with it but he just throws them round the room, and then refuses to tidy them away!

5. Obviously there is a ball tent in the middle of your garden.


6. The bottom of your staircase becomes the perfect toddler bag dumping ground!


7. The sanctuary that was once the bathroom, full of candles and fancy potions, is now filled with Mr Matey bubble bath and Jake and the Neverland Pirate shower gel. Not quite so easy to relax in the bath with a grinning sailor staring at you!


8. There will always be a random toy in the middle of the floor. In our house it is almost always a car or something transport related.  Tasteful ornaments are now replaced with tubs of Playdoh, random feathers (which god help you if you try and throw away) and a collection of army soldiers.


9. You will still have one or two baby items dotted around the house. For us it’s the Angelcare monitor (despite us not having used it for about 6 months) and the Gro-Egg. In my defence I actually quite like knowing what the temperature is in our room, so this one will be staying for now!


10.  There is at least one cupboard in your house filled with a collection of plastic plates, cups and bowls that balance precariously ready to leap out at you every time you open the damn door!


I promised myself it wouldn’t happen, but 2 and a bit years later, here we are.  Well and truly taken over by our toddler!



  1. Donna
    July 21, 2014 / 9:17 pm

    Our house looks just like this. It can only get worse! x

  2. July 22, 2014 / 7:46 am

    Too funny. We are the same – and our daughter’s 4! I keep waiting for the day it gets better but she is a “spreader” – wherever she goes a random toy, book or game appears.

  3. July 22, 2014 / 12:15 pm

    Wow this post is creepy it is literally like you came into our house and then wrote this list, our house is identical right down to the angel monitor sitting on the shelf unused and the gro egg in OUR bedroom!! LOL

  4. cariemay
    July 22, 2014 / 7:05 pm

    Oh so true – especially the toddler plates that jump out at you at the slightest chance! I’ll admit there are a few toys that have been squirrelled away to go to the charity shop because of the crazy noises; I just need to find some time to make the trip without a couple of curious onlookers claiming everything back again!

  5. July 22, 2014 / 7:57 pm

    Ha ha this is all TOO true. Every single photo could be my house ha ha 🙂 xxx

  6. July 22, 2014 / 8:05 pm

    Brilliant! Love it and we have pretty much all of the above 🙂 Except the tent – well jealous of your amazing garden! xx

  7. Mummy Tries
    July 23, 2014 / 5:31 am

    Fab post, made me chuckle 😉 hate those noisy toys that go off in the middle of the night!! A kitchencupboard full of plastic is essential #sharewithme

  8. July 23, 2014 / 6:00 am

    So funny and all true! I hate to disillusion you, but sharing the house with teenagers isn’t any picnic either! Beloved daughter no 2 returned home on Sunday & already the house resembles a complete tip!

    • July 23, 2014 / 6:03 am

      Oh no, don’t tell me that. I’ve got visions of this all getting better as he gets older. Although teenage boys are hardly known for their neatness are they? xx

  9. Iona@Redpeffer
    July 23, 2014 / 7:11 am

    Yep, can answer ‘yes’ to all of the above! And what a lovely garden by the way 🙂

  10. July 23, 2014 / 9:52 am

    It’s not easy when you have kids to keep up with all their toys! We have a teenage daughter as well as an 8 year old and the mess never stops! 🙂

  11. pottymouthedmummy
    July 23, 2014 / 11:43 am

    This is SO funny and so very true. Especially the bathroom one, I am actually quite sad about the sanctuary invasion there ha ha xxx

  12. suzanne3childrenandit
    July 23, 2014 / 11:43 am

    I have very (not so fond) memories of this crap cluttering up the place! Unfortunately the end of stairs remains a dumping ground for all things bag-related! As Izzie said above, this doesn’t get better sadly…..worse if anything!

  13. Caroline (Becoming a SAHM)
    July 23, 2014 / 12:28 pm

    Ooh yes our house has been well and truly taken over! Oh and the toys that go off randomly in the middle of the night? What is that about? We had one with the batteries do it the other day and it was scary, the deep gutteral slurring version of the alphabet song sounded like the devil or something! Xx #sharewithme

  14. July 23, 2014 / 12:43 pm

    They do have a way of taking over! Amazing that little people have so many things. I love the picture of the tent in the back yard! #sharewithme

  15. Maria
    July 24, 2014 / 12:50 am

    I’m starting to see these signs in my home as well (and my little one is merely 7 months!) Especially with the boxed up toys and the cupboard filled with cups. I presume the take-over only gets bigger from here.


  16. Loving life with little ones
    July 24, 2014 / 9:43 pm

    We have several of these things too, the teetering plastic cup cupboard is my bug bear, evertime I open the door something falls over. #sharewithme

  17. July 25, 2014 / 8:54 am

    My little ones only 9 months and our house seems to be getting taken over, more yet to come I suppose! Great post 🙂 #binkylinky

  18. July 25, 2014 / 1:01 pm

    HAHA love this post. It’s so true we love to take over – it’s like nothing can be adult anywhere. Ax

  19. July 25, 2014 / 7:27 pm

    We have the growing pile of toys in the corner of our living room too! Every time I take some toys to the charity shop, more seem to appear in the ever growing pile! Thanks for linking up to the #binkylinky

  20. Jenny
    July 25, 2014 / 8:16 pm

    I love this and I can relate to every single one of these and more. My house is full of baby and toddler items everywhere. I keep telling myself I will get organized and sort it all out soon. But soon never comes. hahaha It’s household take over for sure. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me, apologies for the late response we were out of power for two days due to a storm. lol #sharewithme

  21. Ideas4Dads (and Mums Too!)
    July 26, 2014 / 9:53 pm

    Ha ha this did make me laugh. I can relate to all of these and did chuckle at the plastic crap I mean cup cupboard. I mean they just take over the whole bloody house! I have to admit though I do have friends who you wouldnt know have kids their house is that tidy. Let kids be kids I say and have fun. Time for a show home will come later 😉

    • July 27, 2014 / 5:07 am

      Couldn’t agree more, I don’t mind seeing my O’s stuff around, it makes me smile. Although we do need to do something about the corner of the living room. The toys are taking over!!

  22. July 27, 2014 / 6:22 am

    I’m with you on the piles of toys!! Every single room of our house is filled. Also the garage and the loft and the local charity shops… Gladly we don’t have a fridge that takes magnets so no art work stuck there but still. Our house is about to explode! x x x x

  23. July 29, 2014 / 7:09 am

    Its like you are descibing my home and the photos are so close to what we have here! In fact I think you took a photo of my house =P #binkylinky

  24. October 25, 2014 / 2:44 pm

    On the upside – your garden is gorgeous! My advice….head for the green space, armed with clothes for all weathers, and stay there :o)

    Great post, made me lol!

    Take care, Kimmie x
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