Monday, January 23, 2012

My Kids Don't Clean, But I Do!!!

Back in November, I posted about how My Kids Are Slobs and my cute little chore chart that was a total bust.  Well, here we are two months later and nothing has changed.  They are still slobs and it is still driving me CrAzY!!!  I am so tired of being the nagging mom who follows them around saying "Clean this up, Put that away, Stop making a mess!!"  The only other option is to do it myself, but then I get frustrated and they don't learn to take any responsibility.

The good news is it's not just my kids!  I got some comments from my original post from moms who shared the same frustration.  Plus, I had lunch today with some fabulous ladies from my Bible Study group and we had a rather lengthy discussion about this topic because their kids are slobs, too!!!  (No offense, ladies!)  I got some good ideas today and I'm still mulling them over to try and come up with a solution that will work (or at least help) with my kids.

In the meantime, though, I had just had enough today. I had to do something. We are extremely blessed to have a wonderful house.  The garage of the house was converted into a "rec room" many years ago and, today, serves as the girls' playroom.  It is a very large room and 90% of the time, it looks like a bomb went off inside it.  I ask them to clean it up.  I beg them to clean it up.  I threaten them.  I offer rewards.  All of it to no avail.  I tend to be a bit of a real neat freak, so it drives me insane.  I decided to take matters into my own hands this afternoon and I spent two hours cleaning and organizing the girls' playroom.

It went from this:






To this:




Now the only problem is that I don't want to let my kids go in there to play - EVER!!! :-)

If you have any suggestions for me - chore charts, rewards vs. punishment, etc. -I'm all ears!

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2 comments:

Kristine (the words i breathe) said...

Haha, "I cleaned the playroom and now you guys need to find somewhere else to play." It's the same way here at my house. I'm not sure what the solution is, maybe get rid of all but two toys?! :)

Jeri Kleiber said...

I would LOVE to have a playroom!!!! I would also love to be a neat freak, but unfortunately I'm not. The Mess drives me crazy and when I clean, I REALLY clean, but I get so frustrated with the fact that it is back to a complete mess in less than an hour, that I give up!!!!

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