Ending the Messy Room Wars


A Compromise
"My husband wants our kids to have spotless rooms. I just try to shut the door. So we've compromised. They clean it thoroughly once a week and we keep the door shut the rest of the week."
~ iVillage member Twalker97

Controlling the Clutter
"Our daughter's room is a big issue at our house. What helps a bit is doing a clean-out every three months and getting rid of stuff, whether it's boxing it up and storing it in the basement or giving it away. Having a laundry basket in her room helps too."
~ iVillage member CatMom1

Knowing When to Give up the Fight
"I have come to realize that this is not an issue that I want to argue about with my daughter. I will continue to ask her to clean it if we are having company, but I think I will just leave it alone. I believe that even she would like it cleaned but now it is overwhelming her. When she realizes that she is embarrassed to invite someone over because of her room, I guess she will clean it. I feel better already."
~ iVillage member SuzyQ3479

"After a few years of screaming, threats, tears, frustration, I just said 'FORGET IT.' It wasn't worth my time anymore. It didn't affect me as I didn't have to sleep in it. And if she didn't mind having her friends see her "pig sty" then why should I mind? It took a good few months before she realized that we weren't hassling her anymore, and she started to keep it clean. Of course, it could've been her older brother's best friend looking at it and saying, 'That is disgusting!' Oh well, whatever it takes."
~ iVillage member Kris962

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