Mommy's Fine-Tooth Comb
So my dad has the kids for the week...time for a little relaxation, I thought. I enjoy being able to hear "nothing" much in the house...just the ice maker rattling or the pool equipment running...As I walk through the house, I pass by my daughter's room...And Oh-The Mess!!! This is not anything "unusual". For as long as I can remember, I've always had to stay on her about cleaning her room. It is a mess! From little beads and earrings on the floor--and cut up bits of paper to random dolls half/clothed-some naked, to books and stuffed animals, styrofoam cups with watercolor "juice" in it, etc...
It drives me crazy...My mood immediately changes upon walking in her room. It upsets me. Even through all of the direction I've given her, the "how-tos" of cleaning up/organizing, etc...she still doesn't quite "get it". She thinks that her "neat freak" mom is all too consumed with the way that her room looks. And to add to the frustration that I feel, she says"it looks fine to me"...UGGGHH Honestly, I really wonder if she just doesn't have that "neatness" chip installed on her brain-drive.
So...since she's away...I felt like this is the opportunity for me to get in there---throw out whatever I want to throw out [she won't miss it, I bet!] , re-arrange the room (my favorite thing to do), sweep, mop, take down all the "certificates" and other items that are taped to the walls--and make that room look the way I WANT IT TO LOOK :-).. Yeah.
So I did just that. I sweated it out too. I vacuumed, then swept, then mopped every corner and groove. I put "all toys that I knew for sure that she wants" in one bin, "all toys that I don't think she wants" in another bin, and the last bin was for stuff that just needs to go.
The first bin went in her closet. The other bin--the one that I wasn't sure about, is going in the garage...covered and tucked away. I'll give it a month and if she doesn't ask about anything in it..It will get [discreetly] trashed! :-)
Although it took several hours for me to get that room clean and how I" love to see it"--it was worth it! Now I find myself going in her room several times a day--just to get another glimpse at the perfection!! I'm planning on printing several pictures of her "clean" room (from different angles) and taping them on the wall inside her closet. That way, when it's time to clean up--she can refer back to "the pictures" to know what mommys' "looks fine to me" really looks like. We'll see how this goes..I'll keep you posted :-)