Has it really been 6 weeks since I posted? Has anyone really noticed? Well, I'm now back from a 3 week trip to see my family and I'm all energized to reboot our house. I've got big plans, as usual, but we'll see what comes of them. My latest idea is to work on a reorganization of the house bit by bit. Many closets and shelves have not been touched since I got pregnant with the princess, who is now 17 months old.
I've become discouraged with the constant mess the kids leave behind, but in thinking about it, I came to the conclusion that I can't expect them to take care of and respect their things if their dad and I don't. Our office area looks like this right now.
So is it any wonder that the toy area looks like this (and it's actually pretty clean)?
I've come up with two concepts to focus on for the short term:
1. I need to respect and care for my things so they respect and care for theirs. That means doing dishes in a timely fashion and cleaning up and putting away books, magazines, projects, receipts, phones, etc. before I have to take them from little hands.
2. The floor is NOT a place for anything to be stored. Not trash in the office in need of a trash can, not graduation gear in the bedroom that no one is sure where to put, not books in the bedroom that I haven't gotten around to putting away.
We'll see what comes of this, but hopefully at least a few full garbage bins will give us some much-needed breathing room.