it is an everyday battle at our house. we live in a small house with a 4.5yo, 2.5yo, and 1yo. the kids share a bed room where they keep all their toys. i share their closet so have to go in there at least twice a day for my own needs as well as several other times to play and read with the kids. every night i try and get them to pick up their stuff form around the house (kitchen, living room, bath room), usually it gets done. the older two, mostly just the oldest, go around collecting everything and throwing it all on the floor of their room, which is already covered. i am a neat/organized person by nature, as a child i was too, "a place for everything everything in it's place". it drives me crazy that their room can get trashed in a day and then when i ask them to pick up they "don't want to" or "it's too much". i usually do help once they get started but it gets annoying that i am the one cleaning up the majority of their mess day after day. they don't have a lot of toys, just lots of parts (blocks, cars/trucks/puzzles, etc.) that all get thrown around the room. i am trying to have patience about it and letting go of the need for there to always be order, but the struggle to get them to pick up when asked is so frustrating.
so what do you do? any suggestions or ideas for us to try?