This blog is all about keeping it real, right? I can’t pretend that life is always rosey, kids are always happy, and the house is always clean. Sometimes, things are just a mess!!
One thing I have had a terrible time doing is getting my children to keep their rooms clean. It was a little easier when we lived next door and had all the bedrooms on the same floor, but in this house, the kids’ rooms are upstairs and my room is downstairs. It’s easier to ignore the mess when I rarely walk up to see it.
We’ve only lived in this house since February…and here was the state of Anna’s room yesterday…go ahead, gasp away in horror…
|You get the idea – general disaster…|
|In her closet…|
|Between the bed and the bookshelf…|
|Under the bed…|
|I’m not sure how this blue thing ended up in her room – or where it ever came from for that matter…|
There were a few major problems with her room. First, it’s quite small, which in and of itself is not a problem. But, stuff just got shoved there when we moved and was never removed. There was NO WAY for her to keep it clean because there was just way too much stuff.
So, I went in yesterday morning and removed at least half of the stuff. I moved the bookshelf and some toys around a bit, swapped out one little piece of furniture with Cora’s room and tried to give Anna a place to put things away into. Here’s what it looked like this morning (still clean!).
|Much better! The curtain on the blue bed side table will be hung on the window…|
|I need to make a curtain for this armoire too. Dan’s parents made this for the nursery along with a crib (when I actually thought we would use one) and changing table that I still love.|
|Closet still needs a little work, but it’s much better than it was…and she plays in it!|
So, I still have some work to do, but overall, it was a good morning’s work. Anna is pleased with the results and I can now breathe when I walk into her room. After I finished her room, I read this great post about simplicity parenting by a friend of mine and was inspired to do more – in time…there are two more bedrooms and a horribly messy basement to reclaim first.
My question to you is, how do you inspire your children to clean their rooms without yelling, nagging, and threatening? Do you have any great tips, because I could sure use them!