So, as you must have gathered from the title... I started my own experiment!! My daughters will be 5 this month and 3 in may. They have been royally spoiled by their loving relatives and no matter how many toys break or I give away or even hide to bring down in the future, they somehow manage to turn each room into a tornado of toys, crayons and misc articles of clothing. I am pregnant with my third ,a son - yay! - and having a harder time bending over without heartburn flair ups, so reading this article came at just the perfect time to save all their toys from the garbage can.
*Disclaimer I have given away their toys when they have outgrown them but I always asked and encouraged them to share with others. I have threatened to give their toys away to other children when they don't care for their toys properly and yes even once brought out a trash bag to fill after repeated requests to clean their rooms were ignored.
Their reaction when I started packing things up were tears, thinking I was giving their toys away. I explained that we were going to try an experiment to help them not have to always pick up an entire room by themselves each night. I had gotten the question from my almost 5 year old, "Why do we always get the hard jobs?" REALLY!? They calmed down after hearing that I was trying to help them.
It has been about a week and this momma is very happy so far! Not only does this preggers have to bend over much less but my girls have seemed less overwhelmed and already are showing greater appreciation for their toys. They still have far too many toys as far as I am concerned but there is no fixing that with family which are determined to spoil no matter how much I plead. Plastic kitchen toys get played with for hours instead of seconds and the regular picking up is becoming a habit instead of something they try to weasel out of doing. I wanted to cry at the end of each night when I looked at their play room so I can't really fault them for not wanting to pick it up anymore than I did. But caving even occasionally and allowing them to go to sleep with cluttered rooms was not only dangerous but self-defeating for the next time I asked them to clean. Restriction may seem mean
I still have hopes of finding more ways to organize the house and give things away to keep life simple. Please share your tips on how you have helped your home be more organized! Or share other methods to show children the value of things, sharing and helping around the home. Look forward to hearing your tips!