My kids both have an area in their rooms that are, well, a little unmanageable. As much as they try, they just have a hard time keeping those areas organized so they are functional for them.
In my daughter’s room, it is her shelves by her bed. She has so many books, picture frames, little figurines, and treasure boxes (that’s what she calls the little boxes she keeps her notes in) that the shelves just appear cluttered and she stacks stuff on top of another.
In my son’s room, he has a shelf that he keeps his notebooks and coloring supplies on, but there is just so much stuff (he hates to throw away anything he creates) he has a really hard time keeping it organized so it is workable.
I know it is tempting for me to just go in there myself and do it, but it is important for them to help so they can set it up the way that will work best for them.
Some years ago, when my daughter had just moved into her big girl bed, I created a little area on her shelves for her coloring books and colors. I had the books standing up and the crayons next to them in a decorative container. It was cute. But not functional for her. Almost ever day I had to go in there and help her stand up the books and overall get it organized again. She just didn’t have the skills yet to be able to do it herself. And I could tell she really wanted to prove to me and herself she was a big girl. So, I got a cute tote, put everything in there and put it under her bed. We were both happy with that.
Is there an area in your kids’ rooms that need a little extra TLC to make it more manageable for them? What about an area in your home they could help you with?
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Let me explain why I started this series. Many years ago I was stressed to the max. No matter how hard I worked at trying to keep my house clean, it never happened. I would spend hours everyday picking up toys in my kids’ bedrooms, the hallway, living room, my bedroom and even the bathroom. Yes, even the bathroom. Only to wake up the next day to do it all over again. Did I mention I was stressed to the max?
I tried everything I could possibly think of to change this horrible cycle and nothing worked. Finally, after reading many parenting books and even more blogs, I had an epiphany and everything changed. I had the secret! AND IT WORKED! Within a short time, my kids were listening to me better, not trashing their rooms within 30 minutes of waking up and they were actually cleaning up their own toys. Since I had such an amazing experience, I had to share. And thus, Bleacher Moms Series was created. I hope you guys come by and check it out.
Have you ever felt exhausted simply by looking at your calendar and seeing all that is coming up? I’m getting there. So far, we have three field trips, co-op classes, a girls-day-out event, weekly Spanish class at the library, plus I’ve been asked to speak at a woman’s retreat on homeschooling. Things are definitely getting busy around here. I love it. I love the people we get to meet, friends and family we get to spend time with, new experiences and learning opportunities. However, it can wreak havoc on our schedule and house. It’s easy to get caught up and put aside our normal, daily tasks, let the laundry and emails pile up. It doesn’t help that I’ve noticed things aren’t running as smoothly around here as they used to. So before things get too busy, I’ve decided that this week will be a good time to go over our daily routine, make some adjustments, do some extra work and prepare for what is coming ahead. If you feel your household could benefit from being more efficient and effective, then join us this week by going over your daily routine, finding areas that could use some work.