My response was snigger and say good luck finding that, but it did make me think about the frustrations I have with my children's rooms.
When they are little there are toys on the floor that, with a bit of encouragement can be tidied away fairly easily. As the kids grow, I expect them to be able to tidy their toys, make their beds and put their clean washing away (neatly).
I think this must be where I have been going wrong.
Here are some of the things that ALL my older kids have done at some point:
- Hidden their lunch in the back of a wardrobe / under their bed until it goes mouldy (surely it would be better to put it in a bin at school?)
- Placed their dirty washing in Toy boxes, under toys (no wonder I have so many odd socks)
- Put ALL their nicely ironed / folded clean washing back in the washing bin so they didn't have to put it away!
- Shove ALL their clean washing into one drawer and not sort it into the correct drawer so it eventually breaks!
- Pushed all the mess of their bedroom into the wardrobe in the hope we won't check!
- Pushed all the mess of their bedroom into a corner and covered it up
- Pushed all their mess under the bed, or bed clothes
- Hidden sweet wrappers down the back / side / under the bed and even in the duvet cover!
- To take the room apart and put everything back in the same place and then watch with
despairdisappointment when it is trashed within minutes
- Thrown the lot out of the bedroom window - TRUE
- Bagged everything up and hidden it in the garden shed, claiming to have taken it to the Charity shop
- Sat on a bed supervising their every move - (this does not work as try as you may you will always end up helping)
- Sarcastically introduce them to the Hoover, duster and polish and explain how to use them
- Uploaded pictures of their messy room to facebook in the hope of embarrassing them into tidying their room