Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Did it really take her 7 1/2 years to figure this out?

For the past few months I have not cleaned Bria and Chloe's room. I finally told them that since I don't make the mess, I don't clean it up. They do. The only exception is if they have friends over and it gets a bit beyond their control. Since they did not take part in the entire mess creation, I will help them clean it. Help. Not do it solely.

Naturally, they don't really like my new rule. Especially because I won't let them live in a room that looks as if a cyclone came through it as they are perfectly content to do. Left up to them, their room can deteriorate in .542 seconds. (If you don't believe me, scroll down a few posts and look at the evidence.) And left up to them, it will stay that way until they are 18 years old and out of the house. So they're not thrilled that I still make them clean and I have the gall to actually not even lend a hand.

Today, when they were sent to clean it up a bit, Bria came out with the following revelation:

Mommy! I know why our room always gets so messy!!!

It's because we never put anything away! Right?

I obviously have a lot of work ahead of me if it took that long for her to even understand the concept. Who knows how long it will be before she actually lives it?


Yes. You know what goes here.


And if you have no idea what I'm talking about...keep reading for a few posts. You'll figure it out.

Lara Neves
Lara Neves

Lara is mom to three daughters—two teens and a tween. She loves to share her parenting and homemaking triumphs and failures here at Overstuffed! She was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015 and has been fighting it ever since. When she isn't working on her mother of the year award, you can find her reading, singing, or taking photos.


  1. Aw yes... the room cleaning. I'm spring cleaning Hannah and Ian's room today. OH the horror!

  2. GENIUS -- you should cross-stich that for her. :)
    Or, at least vinyl lettering. :)

  3. I can't believe you just now started letting them clean their own room! I started letting Elodie clean her room a long time ago! She hates it, it takes her forever (I love that part because it gives me a chance to do what I want to), but when she is finally finished she is so proud of herself!
    It's funny too because the whole time she is picking up, she is crying "IT'S TOO HARD!" and then when she is all done she nicely sais "That wasn't so hard Mama!"
    Silly girl!

  4. "Out of the mouth of babas." Look on the bright side she at lest got it. There are some people that still don't get it.
    I started to make Tanner clean his room when he told me"I was not doing my job," because the toy room and his room was dirt. That day I made chore charts for all of them.

  5. Oh no, just to clarify, they've always cleaned their own rooms, but I have always helped them. I do not help anymore.

  6. I voted for your rocks and is the best one on so many levels...not that I am an expert just a MOM!

  7. WOW! She finally got it?? The only way I have discovered to keep Ellie's remotely clean is to get rid of half of the toys. Her closet is stuffed with small junk that makes the biggest messes right now. I figure I'll get it out this summer when I turn the guest room into a play room.

  8. I keep trying to explain that to Zoie too, but maybe I'll have to wait three more years for her to grasp the concept.

  9. I voted for yours as I really did like it the best!

  10. We so have the mess clean up struggle here too. After having friends over and their rooms being beyond a wreck I have adapted...if you don't want to clean this mess up by yourself you should ask your friend, who helped you make the mess, help clean it before they leave. It usually works well considering I remind them in front of their friend about the mess and asking for help :)

    By the way I love your blog. I have a little girl named Brae she turned 7 in Jan!

  11. Oh do I KNOW all about messy rooms! I have tried everything with my boys, 7 and 4. I decided to just do it once, and I really have to be on top of them (and in their rooms supervising the clean up). If I don't, they just keep playing and wasting time. 5 minute cleanup sessions throughout the day and it has worked.

    Oh, did I mention it has only been a week so far? hahahaha

    great blog and good luck with that awesome photo!!!