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Leah mom to Delilah 9/00, angel Stephen lost 5/25/09 at 40 weeks, and twins Gus and Cash 1/10
Expecting a miracle January 2012
I am subbing in the hope someone comes up with a brilliant suggestion. I am currently on my 2nd DD (12 yo) with a messy room. I could never get my eldest to clean her room either, until she had had enough and did it for herself because she wanted to. She is now 19, and has moved out, and earns extra money housecleaning, including mine. And she actually enjoys cleaning and organizing her little sister's room.
I always have the most luck with my 9 y.o. when I approach it with "Let's clean your room" - a job to do together. She will scrub the bathroom, fold clothes and put them away - even make MY bed before she would do anything in her "own" bedroom. I think she gets overwhelmed.
Another thing I've done in the past that worked nicely was to make a numbered list of things that needed to be done in the room like:
Put away all dolls
Put all books on the shelf
Hang up clothes
Put play food in the kitchen area
And she'd check it off as she went. I think breaking it down makes it easier to handle. Now she shares her space w/ a 2 y.o. so I feel like I have to help her keep things tidy since a tasmanian devil is let lose in there everyday!
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