I was reminded of this verse today.
Proverbs 14:4 "Where there are no oxen, the manger is clean."
In other words -- if I have no children filling my house I have no mess.
While I dream of a day when my house is no longer constantly needing to be picked up, I am relishing these days when I have young children to make those messes and create a lot of noise. I LOVE it! I know all too soon days of stepping on legos and washing marker from counters will be over... And I will miss it.