An amazing success yesterday. My 4 1/2 YO DS has been complaining lately that he needs a bigger room. Um, we are not moving so you can have a bigger bedroom, especially since it isn't that small to begin with. So, I told him that we could make it SEEM bigger by cleaning up and getting rid of some things that he doesn't play with. And he agreed to both suggestions! Up until now I haven't been able to get him to part with anything. But we actually cleaned out two trash bags full of stuffed animals and a trashcan full of broken things. And moved some outgrown stuff to his little sister (who he hates sharing with, so another success). I think it helped that I promised him that we wouldn't work past his sisters nap time (usually an hour or so) and that I wouldn't MAKE him get rid of anything he didn't want to. I found it very interesting though, he was much more willing to part with toys when I said we were going to give them to little kids who didn't have any toys than whe I suggested we were just going to get rid of them. I was so proud of his generosity (and yes, I made sure to tell him that!).
Actually got all of my end of day and beginning of day routines done last night and this morning. Even left the house with a clean sink. One small success at a time!