It occurred to me the other day while I was shopping with a friend, that I have a certain set of buying criteria embedded in my brain. I'm sure that this little checklist was not there before I had kids. Pre-kids, I used to buy clothes, furniture, housewares, based on looks. That has all changed.
I think the beginnings of this transformation started, of course, when we had kids. I first realized that there has been a change when I found myself involved in a painting project. I had painted some poster boards with color options and then, because it made total sense, I smeared them with: Peanut butter, jelly, and spaghetti sauce. The paint I used, of course, was the one that cleaned up the best.
I have realized that after a few years of experience, my buying criteria has been honed down to this: If it gets puked on, can I A): Clean it? or B): Throw it away? Pretty simple and to the point.