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My crew try to shove their stuff anywhere and everywhere when they clean their room. When they are done cleaning their room, they come get me and I check it out. Whatever is out of place goes into the middle of the room and they get to clean that up. I come to check out when they say they are done and I pull out what is stuffed, they get to clean that up. You see the pattern.
I am not a super neat person....very disorganized actually, but my kids are expected to put things in their proper place when asked. I tend to also help them out when they clean b/c things get really messy. It is a bit overwhelming.
I read this and thought 'that sounds like houdini'
then I read the username....
Sigh...I feel silly posting this, as it doesn't seem like much of a problem, but she is a terrible slob. I'll start right out by saying I am the complete opposite--I organize and clean for relaxation. I know that I'm pickier than the average person so I did things in her room that I thought would make it easier for her to be neater. I labeled all her dresser drawers, bought these awesome bins for her and her sister's toys. She shares a room w/ her almost 4 year old sister who is ver neat! Anyway, I will ask her to clean her room and she'll just stuff things everywhere. Her dresser and closet is a nightmare--she'll put dirty clothes in the dresser and stuff clean clothes in the back of the closet and I just don't know what to do. I told her that if she kept leaving her clothes out that I would donate them (I hated to do that as I'm thrifty also!), but I did take some of them and donate them and she didn't bat an eye. Now, her toys are everywhere--if I can get her to pick them up, she just shoves things everywhere. So now I've told her that if she doesn't pick them up, they are gone--maybe if she doesn't have any toys, next thime she'll pick them up. To make matters worse, she has become weepy--goodness sakes, I or her dad barely say anything and she starts crying. "I dont' like being in trouble, I didn't meant to", etc. Am I being to hard on her? Now, I'm worried about how weepy she is--I'm thinking, oh no, is this hormones already and I haven't talked to her yet about menstruation and oh, can you tell I'm a worrywart--guess that goes along with the trying to keep things neat situation?!
Thanks so much ahead of time!
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