I know I am not alone in always having to tell the kids to pick up after themselves. I can not count the number of times that I have stepped on or kicked a toy and caused myself bodily harm.
Try walking to the bathroom in the middle of the night, the room was clean before you went to bed so you do not think to turn the light on. Then you find the one toy that was not picked up by stepping on it. This toy is a small metal airplane which is now lodged in your heel. It was incredibly painful and took everything in me not to scream. You would not believe how much blood there was from that stupid little airplane. I so badly wanted to throw the airplane away in anger but since I knew that my son liked it a lot, I cleaned it off, showed him my foot when he woke up and told him if I saw it on the floor again, it was gone. Needless to say, he has not left it out since. It took my foot a long time to heal and the whole back of my heel was purple.
Other items I have been unfortunate enough to find with my feet include legos, barbie accessories, pewter figurines, plastic dress up rings and so many other things. Those plastic dress up rings shatter and cut your feet like you would not believe.
I am not the only one that has been injured by toys either. My husband has stepped on several things and even had an experience like I had with the metal plane. He stepped on a metal tractor and the edge stuck in his foot just below the big toe. His did not bleed like mine did but it sure left a nasty bruise. The kids have all stepped on things that have hurt as well.
You would think that after seven years Alex would be learning not to leave hotwheels and things like that on the floor but that is not the case. More then once he has come downstairs crying after stepping on a hotwheel. My answer to him is always the same. I look at his foot, make sure he is fine and then tell him, “Pick up your toys!”