I'm a little OCD when it comes to toys. I'll admit it. Everything has a certain place, a certain box, with a certain label AND picture so everyone is on the same page as to where it belongs.
Well, the problem is...
until this week, everyone wasn't on the same page. I was the meanest mom in the whole world because I'd have to yell at my kids to "GO CLEAN YOUR ROOM"
I hated being so ugly but even more, I HATED messy rooms.
The kids would whine and moan. There were gnashing of teeth and screaming and crying. I'd continue to tell them "A clean room = a happy mom. It's that easy." But still, it was torture on both sides. The kids had even reached a point where they didn't want ANY friends over for fear they'd have to clean up after them.
I got to the point where I hated toys. I wanted to throw them all away.
Until one day I got an idea.
I read Chablis' blog about how she took her kids toys away from them and they had to earn them back. Genius I tell you. But we have SOOO many, and where would I put them? And once they earned them back then their rooms would get messy all over again!!
I decided to take Chablis' idea and revamp it to fit our needs.
This is the boys' room on a regular basis BEFORE the change.
If this doesn't put you in a bad mood I don't know what would.
I spent two whole days clearing out the entire room. I got every single part and piece and toy and put it in the right spot and then REMOVED them from the room. I know it may not seem THAT different, but if you could see under the beds there are no longer any boxes of anything.
My friends, you are now looking at a 100% toyLESS room.
(I moved a twin bed in there for our company this weekend, ignore that.)
NO TOYS IN SIGHT.
I love it.
But the rest? I stashed away in Penny's room. Why not? He's got loads of room in there and doesn't even use it! Sure he's a little over stimulated as he looks around his room at nap time, but he only cries for a few hours before he finally falls asleep.
(you know I'm joking, right?)
So at first I wanted to remove all the toys.
At FIRST first, I wanted to TRASH all the toys and tell the kids, TOO BAD!
But then once I saw how fancy they all looked in their labeled packaging I decided I should keep them.
But how to monitor so they don't take over the house again?
Watching the kids play in their rooms without toys brought happiness to my face because there was less to fight over, more imagination going on, more blankets over chairs and secret hideouts and tunnels, more playing outside and sharing and being happy.
I loved it.
But I DO agree that the kids need their toys every now and then as well.
So given they are all on good standings with their behavior,
they will be allowed ONE box of toys at a time for several hours at their request.
Once they are done, it needs to be all picked up, put back in the box and returned to Penny's room for safe keeping.
No mixing toys.
No leaving toys out.
No smearing toys all over the house.
No more mad evil Mom yelling for everyone to clean their room EVERY day.
This Summer should be a fun Summer.
I'm already enjoying it!
And I'm pretty sure the kids are too!