Keeping House Clean with Small Children
We have a big area downstairs (3 connected rooms) and a playroom upstairs that we keep clean so that the kids can play in and we go bare feet and can sit on the floor and lie down, wrestle with the kids, etc.
The missus is thinking we need to extent this to the whole house and patio outside so the kids become self sufficient as they get older. This pretty much means leaving shoes outside and going bare feet inside and keeping the whole floor clean (maybe with the exception of a few rooms for storage and separate areas).
I've seen other parents' houses where they don't care and don't mind wearing shoes inside and letting the kids play on the floor. I realise dirt etc. is good for children's health and our kids get a lot of exposure to it, but I'm not so keen for them to play on the floor/sandpit at playgroup and then jump in/sleep in our bed (we change them and wash their hands/feet when they come home).
How do you/did you manage with kids? Where were you/are you on the cleanliness spectrum? Am I too germaphobic?