Kids and Their Resolutions: Organization and Cleanliness

Worksforme Cleaning out our house from top to bottom after Christmas has been no small chore. I carried down four bags of trash from the bedroom that we call an office. When four more bags came from the girls' rooms, I realized that I really let things go this last year.

My 11-year-old daughter sooo appreciated her room looking shiny and sparkly that her New Years' Resolutions (scribbled on the church bulletin during church) contained two statements:

1) Keep Room Clean.
2) Get More Organized.

Struggling with both topics myself, I thought, how can I, as a mom, encourage these difficult goals in my child?

We are trying the following and I'll let you know how it goes (if my notes don't get buried in a pile I find next New Year's).

1) Quick Picks. Now that their rooms are clean, every night my daughters are supposed to do Quick Picks to pick up anything on their floors that got there since the morning.

2) Lists. When they get home, we make a list of what needs to happen for each daughter. By following the list, both of us stay accountable to what that child needs for school and home chores.

We are working to get more organized and clean and STAY THAT WAY. Just warn me if you are coming to inspect. I might have a QUICK PICK to do of my own!

For more WORKS FOR ME WEDNESDAYS, See Shannon over at Rocks in My Dryer. Today, she is talking about Keepsake Boxes

Comments

  1. What a great way to make a resolution as a family, Sarah!

  2. I like this way of being intentionally organized! I know it will be a struggle, but I’d like to start this with my 3 girls … this is a snow day, so maybe today! Thanks for sharing.

  3. good work! I already warned our kids that after the Jan. birthdays we are getting organized!

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