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Saturday, 21 January 2012

Kids Bedrooms

I decided this week that i'd had enough of the dumping grounds that are my childrens bedrooms, so today was D-Day and the big clearout. I've been making them do it with me and i've given them each an hour of my time helping and getting them along the right track. I'm now taking a break and writing this.
I've noticed a significant difference in the sexes. My son is 12 and he won't throw anything out except for clothes that are too small- and even some of those he wants to keep. My daughter is 9 and is throwing out lots of toys, but keeping all sorts scraps of paper with strange scribbles on. Why do girls feel the need to keep pieces of paper? My friend has said her daughter is the same, but her son keeps all his toys.

Luckily they have been brought up to understand that some children don't have toys or clothes and its good of us to give our non played with and too small things to them.

Getting them to understand to keep thing tidy in their rooms is another thing altogether. Now they have been threatened with "The black bag" if i find anything on the floor or out of place. Don't get me wrong, the people who know me will agree i'm not a tidy freak, but its got to the point that when the cleaner or myself can't get in the room to hoover and change the bed! That is too much, and i feel that it is long past the stage where they should be sorting their rooms and looking after their belongings. They know that i can't do much in the way of cleaning because it hurts me too much, so at least helping keeping 2 rooms in the house tidty is good.
I have also explained to them that they then don't have to be downstairs when their friends come round, and i don't get relegated to my bedroom for some quiet from the boy/girl talk.

We'll see how long it takes to get sorted and more importantly how long it lasts.

3 comments:

  1. go for it and the best of luck. Why is it children don't "get" the fact that if you put it in its place you can find it so don't waste time searching, and if you put things away straight away you don't have to pick it up from where it is dropped and tidy it up!.
    Not that I am an immaculately tidy person either but there are limits. Um maybe I should tidy my bedroom too!

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  2. go for it and the best of luck. Why is it children don't "get" the fact that if you put it in its place you can find it so don't waste time searching, and if you put things away straight away you don't have to pick it up from where it is dropped and tidy it up!.
    Not that I am an immaculately tidy person either but there are limits. Um maybe I should tidy my bedroom too!

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  3. LOL the 'black bag' threat how funny must remember this in to come.

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