MYSELF- I LIKE SIMPLICITY AND I LIKE NICE THINGS. In my book, I don't need much of something but quality and beauty are important to me. I don't like Junky things and if I have something nice, I take care of it. ( I am a thrifty shopper though and do love a bargain) My kids.... well, they like large quantities and like junk. So... somewhere, we have to compromise..... We do clean outs 1-2 times a year, they have to give up old clothes to get new ones, Trash is trash, throw it away. etc.... They gripe and complain and sometimes the older ones have temper tantrums like the young ones do.... BUT they pass. :)
When my kids rooms get overly cluttered and they are not following the boundaries that have been set up for keeping their space tidy, it is usually accompanied by other issues.
I tend to see a correlation to their minds being cluttered, their spirits being overwhelmed, emotional trash starts to clutter up their lives. attitudes become less lovely and confusion seems to visit more often.
And this always seems to hit in spurts and everyone joins in except maybe one or two. Its sorta like a planned mutiny.... LOL!
So what do I do???
I used to scream and yell! I used to cry. I used to do a lot of things that never worked. They only ended with mad attitudes everywhere. Then defeat and overwhelmingness would set in. Now that the kids are older and we have more of them, they sorta look at me wide eyed with dumbfounded looks as if to say.... You seriously think this is a problem? What smell? I don't smell anything? Food? We can't bring food into our rooms? When did that start? You want me to pick up MY stuff off the floor??? You mean stuffing it under the bed is not storing it???
Now, I am clever... I don't yell. I just have to figure out how to be creative. This time, I gave a verbal warning with a deadline.
Then I left CUTE notes.
|KYLO - Keep Your Love On|
|Clean or dirty?? who knows|
|There has got to a place to put this stuff. The white drawer that it is on--- is empty|
|The girls room is VERY SCARY!|
|Two of the boy's room|
|Either Angels' wings shed or his feather pillow has a hole|
|I organized these shelves a few months ago|
|He says hes sooooo busy!|
|This boy's room is half decent because I've already attempted cleaning|
|This room keeps most of their stuff put away!|