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October 12th, 2011, 10:32 AM
Dizzi's Avatar Mega Super Mommy
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I know we've talked about whether or not the kids have chores (for those of us with kids old enough to do them!) but I'm curious about their bedrooms..

Do you clean them? Do they? Is there much of a fight to get them to do it? Do you check in on their room/s regularly to see that they're kept picked up or do you let them handle it as their own space?

For those of you with younger kids, what do you think you will do in the future?


My kids are AWFUL at keeping their rooms picked up. I don't push TOO hard because honestly, my room isn't camera ready either and wouldn't pass my parent's inspection lol but I do like it kept clean. Just because it's cluttered or disorganized doesn't mean it's not clean, you know? So since I don't hold myself to the standard of keeping my room tip top I don't expect them to either. That said, more often than not you can't even walk through their rooms without standing on things. Clothes, usually. Especially in my sons room. He thinks it's WAY too much effort to open and close drawers lol so his clothes end up on his desk, in chairs, and yep, on the floor. My daughters biggest problem is just leaving things out and them ending up on the floor. Books, notebooks, crayons/pencils, some clothes, toys.

I never wanted to be one of the moms that cleaned their rooms for them once they were old enough to do it. I want them to learn to take care of their own things and keep their things put in their proper place. But I swear they were more organized when they were toddlers learning how to clean.
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October 12th, 2011, 11:17 AM
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Well mine aren't old enough to clean their room yet. My oldest does help pick up toys but I obviously do most of the cleaning in their room. Once they are older though I do plan for them to clean their room. My brothers and I always had to do our own rooms growing up (even if it took all day lol). I think it teaches responsibility if they have to clean up after themselves as opposed to me doing it for them.

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October 12th, 2011, 11:20 AM
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Leah's only 3, so I have her help me put toys away but for now, I make her bed, vacuum, put clothes away, etc. When she's a little older, I'll expect her to at least make her bed everyday and to keep things picked up enough that someone could walk in without tripping/stepping on something. And eventually, she'll have to clean it (dust, vacuum) herself too.
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October 12th, 2011, 11:47 AM
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obviously I clean her room at this point but I plan to start early to have her help me pick up toys and she'll have to clean her room up every night before bed or she won't get any of the next days activities, when she's older.I did this with the Stepkids(and it worked until DH slacked off and didn't make them and then it was a war to get them to) I never had to clean my room and it spilled over to having no chores.. I want Audrey to learn responsibility from an early age

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October 12th, 2011, 11:47 AM
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Greyson cleans his own room. One of his chores is to do a general pick up of his room before he goes to bed, but sometimes he slacks on that and his room turns into a disaster. He gets paid, $.25-.75, for each chore and if he doesn't do the core he doesn't get paid. Cleaning his room is the highest paid, at $.75 (which is different than picking up his room, cleaning is a little more thorough than picking up, if that makes sense. Picking up only pays $.25) Cleaning his room is the only chore he is really allowed to slack on, the rest he is expected to do each day.

I'll let it be a disaster for a while, but eventually I get fed up and I make him clean it (I actually do keep my room clean, except I don't make my bed, so he doesn't have to make his bed either). He is really pretty good about it. He doesn't throw a fit or gripe, but it may take him a while. He has ADD so he gets distracted easily. lol He actually had to clean his room on Sunday b/c his room was REALLY bad and we have company coming this weekend, and it took him almost all day to clean it. He got it completely cleaned, including vacuuming, though.

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October 12th, 2011, 12:58 PM
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Jake doesnt really play much in his room, but he does have to make his bed when he gets up and if he does take something out he has to put it back when he is done.

I'm alot stricter about him keeping his toy area downstairs tidy. he has to pick up before lunch and before bed. He is really good at it and more often than not doesnt need any more help than light direction, like "dont forget to put buzz on the shelf" or something like that.

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October 12th, 2011, 01:12 PM
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Alisha has to keep her room picked up. It's not much of a fight because she knows it has to be done.

I've always been strange about keeping my room clean. My room was always spotless growing up. In fact, my mom called it "the monk's room" because you really couldn't tell anyone lived there. I like everything tucked away in a drawer or a closet. I actually used to deliberately make a mess in my room when I was bored so I'd have the fun of putting everything back into place.

I outgrew that. But my room is still incredibly neat. The only things that aren't tucked away are DH's cpap machine, the alarm clock, the fan, and my touch light. And the closet is pretty bare because we have so few clothes and other things.
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October 12th, 2011, 01:17 PM
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yes they all clean their own rooms.....they are all old enough to do so...though i will help them out occasionally like vacuuming for them or helping hang up clothes

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October 12th, 2011, 02:03 PM
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its always a fight to get raleigh to clean her room, its so horrible she would rather sit in there ALL DAY LONG then take fifteen minutes to clean it up a bit. i help but im done helping because she will just sit and play in there while i do all of the work. i do pick up stuff stan plays with though because he is still to young to really know but he does help put things away as well like he will put his cars in the car bucket etc.
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October 12th, 2011, 04:51 PM
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Originally Posted by acupofjoe View Post
its always a fight to get raleigh to clean her room, its so horrible she would rather sit in there ALL DAY LONG then take fifteen minutes to clean it up a bit.
lol this is my kids - I have to "ground" them from the TV, Computer, Games, Phone, basically anything fun and even then they entertain themselves with other things and don't do any actual cleaning. This has lasted an entire week once before they got tired of amusing themselves and decided to actually pick up!
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