What do your kids rooms look like? Mine, you ask?
A D-I-S-A-S-T-E-R with a capital D!!!!
And to be honest my kids need some help….it is past the point of them being able to really CLEAN and ORGANIZE it them selves….Mommy needs to get involved but Mommy is tired…..
My ideal situation would be for Bryan to take all three kids out of the house for an entire DAY and let me work on them in peace…..throw away in peace….give away in peace….organize in peace….
But then, Bryan might lose his mind too and what would our kids do with TWO crazy parents? So, no outing for Bryan.
So, I walk into their rooms this morning with my cell phone camera ready and Ellie says, ” What are you DOING???”
I informed her that I was going to take photographic evidence of this terribleness and that way we could look and see how far we had come when we were all organized and clean. That seemed to satisfy her as long as I was taking pictures of the playroom and Ethan’s room.
Then I went into her room…..
She begged me not to snap any pics but alas she did not prevail….
Ok, so where do we go from here? Well I have been researching “toy rotation”, “toy storage”, etc…..
I ran across a few blog articles with lots of great info that I wanted to share! We’ll begin to tackle this SOON and I thought you might be interested as well if you knew someone with this same sort of toy/organization DRAMA…
I know none of MY FRIENDS have this problem but feel free to pass it along to another bad/unorganized mother of preschoolers….
I loved this blog post about toy and book rotation and knowing when to DOWNSIZE….
I loved this blog post about spring cleaning and thought I could apply a lot of it to our reorganization….
I loved this blog post about her toy rotation bins and ONLY keeping what fit in the bins….
I loved this blog post and her ideas about what really happens with our kids and their playtime when there is CHAOS in their play area and with their toys…
In my search, I also discovered the book Simplicity Parenting which will soon be on my night stand. Once I saw the subtitle of “Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More secure Kids”, I said “yes, please”. Can’t wait to read it! Here’s a few more details:
Today’s busier, faster society is waging an undeclared war on childhood. With too much stuff, too many choices, and too little time, children can become anxious, have trouble with friends and school, or even be diagnosed with behavioral problems. Now internationally renowned family consultant Kim John Payne helps parents reclaim for their children the space and freedom that all kids need for their attention to deepen and their individuality to flourish. Simplicity Parenting offers inspiration, ideas, and a blueprint for change:
• Streamline your home environment. Reduce the amount of toys, books, and clutter—as well as the lights, sounds, and general sensory overload.
• Establish rhythms and rituals. Discover ways to ease daily tensions, create battle-free mealtimes and bedtimes, and tell if your child is overwhelmed.
• Schedule a break in the schedule. Establish intervals of calm and connection in your child’s daily torrent of constant doing.
• Scale back on media and parental involvement. Manage your children’s “screen time” to limit the endless deluge of information and stimulation.
A manifesto for protecting the grace of childhood, Simplicity Parenting is an eloquent guide to bringing new rhythms to bear on the lifelong art of raising children.
So who’s ready to come and help me clean and organize? Anyone? Anyone?
P.S. If I am never heard from again dear friends, please send a search party to the playroom…