Wow. I finally got my kids’ room organized. Since Avery and Kyle share, it’s so hard to find toys that all match perfectly to my multi-colored baskets. I also just decided that my kids don’t need to learn letters M-Z. Who needs them anyway? It just didn’t center perfectly above the bookshelf that housed only the toys that were just the right size. I especially love how I matched the books’ binder colors to each other and they just so happen to match the baskets too. Can you believe it? I mean, what are the odds that my books would match my baskets!!??
And, I just decided to throw out all the hideous mounds of stuffed animals they own. I just kept the ones that matched. I mean, they don’t play with them, so why keep them? They just don’t go with the baskets. And, believe me people, it’s all about the baskets. Who needs toys they really love? I mean, the giant glasses on top that they never play with just went so well. So, I had to keep those. Who needs the ratty old, smelly, stained stuffed animal my 6 year old has slept with every night since she was 4 months old? Giant green glasses are much more essential. Because, ya know. They match the baskets!
My kids’ room really looks like this as of right now:
Doesn’t it make you just want to hang out in there all day long? I mean, that room just screams, “Let’s all get down on floor together and do a puzzle!” Doesn’t it? It really is no wonder that they drag all their toys to the living room floor to play. Which at this moment has ritz cracker crumbs ground into the carpet by my precious15 month old. He wanted to do that to show mommy he was mad at her for taking a shower today.
This is the life folks. The life of a stay at home Mom. Not that first picture. That first picture which I found on FB, but is probably courtesy of pinterest (because isn’t that where all the ridiculous, unrealistic crap comes from?) And, I guarantee that is no real playroom. That’s from a freaking pottery barn kids catalog.*
I am not really mad about the picture. Someone somewhere has to sell overpriced kid’s furniture, right? What I’m mad about is that I feel like I need to live up to that. I’m ticked that when my kid’s room has looked that clean and organized that it’s usually because I cleaned it up. Then, I don’t allow them to play in there for at least a
day week. They don’t mind. They have enough crap in various other parts of the house to play with.
Do you ever feel like you’re drowning in toys and losing the battle with “chores”?
My kids are 6, 4, and 1. So, we are still learning around here. But, we are trying to teach them about how to clean up after themselves. I promise. Don’t take that real picture of mine as evidence I’m a liar. Because, all it takes is one 4 year old “looking for something” to do that in about 5 minutes. So, why organize? Why clean up at all??
One thing I’ve been trying to tell my kids after
they I clean their room is that it just feels better. Isn’t it true that as soon as a place looks amazingly clean then they want to play there again? My kids get this. They understand that if it’s messy, then they don’t feel good in that space. They don’t feel like playing there. But, does it make a difference? Not really.
I’m looking for some fabulous tricks to getting your kids to clean their rooms? How do you teach a 6 and 4 year old to respect their own space? Really. I’d like to know.
And about 20 minutes after I wrote the above words I heard this conversation:
A: Let’s go play barbies!
A: Oh. I thought our room was clean. (Disappointed)
Me: what did you say?
A: never mind.
Me: you aren’t in trouble Avery, I just want to know what you said.
A: (in a slightly mumbled tone) I just said I thought our room was clean so we could go play barbies.
Me: ( me smiling while she tries to pretend she doesn’t know why I’m smiling) how do you think you can fix that problem?
K: (proudly) clean it!
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*And PS-I looked for this image after I wrote this post to find out where it was from, and have to give credit where credit is due. It is from a website selling multi-colored baskets. Perfect. and I’m proud to report they are cleaning their room as we speak.