Momma Olympics – Heart and Home Edition – Don’t Raise A Clutter Bug
There’s nothing wrong with having a collection, but it becomes a problem when it overwhelms your space. When you’re not displaying it properly, you’re not enjoying it and it turns into clutter. Niecy Nash
Your children deserve a home that is a joy to enter and have friends visit. To some folks this may be hard to hear and to other you may be nodding your head in agreement.
I am not saying your home has to be perfectly pristine without an ounce of human in it, but it needs to be a safe place, with space to move, a table to sit and eat and a bed that is junk free to sleep in at night.
Freeing your home of clutter is the most joyful experience once you get the hang of it, you feel light and ready to take on the world.
Hiding under clutter, is like hiding from anything else, and sometimes we are so hidden that the clutter is a sign that we may need help in some other area of our lives. If you feel that way, then please make an appointment with your family doctor or talk with your pastor or a close friend and get some help. You deserve to be happy and so does your family.
The one thing we do not want is to create little clutter bugs in our children.My personal experience My youngest child is a collector and he guards these collections like a seasoned Navy Seal on a covert mission. We have to encourage letting go of stuff on a regular basis. My oldest could have cared less about stuff, but liked to be asked first before it leaving his domain. The youngest would keep things forever if allowed and the oldest always had vigorous cleaning session where he let go of stuff all at once in a frenzy.
HOW NOT TO RAISE A CLUTTER BUG
Here on some easy steps on how we are helping him not to become a clutter bug.
1. Lead by example: Have at least 3 rooms in the house that are peaceful and clutter free.
2. Make a show of letting go of clutter and how it might really be helpful to donate items so that people in neeed can use them.
3. Let them become a part of the process in organizing their rooms.
4. Schedule regular clean up days for their bedrooms.
5. Have them donate outgrown clothes and outgrown toys at least every six months.
6. Allow them to keep a few paper creations but not every bit of scrap paper.
7. Label everything so that when it is time to clean up there are no questions about where things go.
8. Make room for their stuff. Your children cannot put away their things if there is not a recognized place to put them that is big enough to house all the THINGS.
Simple Daily Challenge:
Spend 15 minutes with your child today tidying up his or her room together. Don’t send them in there on a blind mission, show them how to get it done by example and a give them lots and lots of praise at the end of the time. Just 15 minutes today folks, ROME was not built in a day and your child’s room was not cluttered in one day.
100 Points plus your daily mission points.
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