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5 Secret Places Your Kids Are Keeping Messes

Behind the Couch

Kids are often opportunists when it comes to hiding the evidence of playtime exploits gone wrong. That torn pillow or cracked photo frame may end up in the trash, but it's much more likely to end up behind or under the couch. Kids can feel fearful when they break things, especially when participating in banned activities like indoor roughhousing, but they forget fast. Put a couch check on your list of cleaning chores. You'll be surprised at what you find. To prepare for food related messes, keep some upholstery cleaner on hand, and invest in slipcovers -- lots of slipcovers.