A Neat and Clean House vs Children

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Registered: 07-17-2007
A Neat and Clean House vs Children
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Tue, 07-27-2010 - 8:35am

For those of you who like a neat and clean house, how do you keep it that way with children?

I find that if I am tied to goal of having a neat and clean house, I become a raging shrew against my children as they proceed to undo all the neatness I have worked so hard to attain. If I made a "neat and clean house" my goal, my children would not have their messy projects that take days/weeks to complete. My children would not pick up a book (casually left out)as they walk through the family room and browse through- discovering once again the mother actually knows about a few good books. I would let them watch more tv/computer time, as they don't make things as messy when they do. I would squash their ideas if I thought it would make too much of a mess. I wouldn't let them cook/experiment in the kitchen- as it is usually more work for me to clean up after they have "cleaned up". So, how do you inspire creativity and imagination in a neat and clean house? Are you on top of them to put things away as soon as they are done even if it is temporary? Where do you put the legos?....... Have you ever allowed them to take over the living room with all of their toys arranged in a city complex (thomas the train things were the Metro, legos and blocks were the buildings....)? How long would it stay up? Would let it be up for the summer so they could add to and change tings around as they got new ideas? Or allowed them to take over half of the family room for a month+ while they build and live in a beaver lodge (using all the empty shoe and other boxes and some that weren't empty)? Even if you have to walk around it everyday to get to the kitchen? Or do you require that all toys be put away everyday?

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Registered: 07-09-2010
Tue, 07-27-2010 - 1:35pm

Playdoh, ugh, that is messy when they are MY kids doing it.


Oh yes, we had lego city all over one of the dens last week. I had a city of cars & trucks in our bedroom Saturday & Sunday.


Now they can only eat/drink at the kitchen table (they can take their toys over to the table, you can see the tv in the den (actually it is a hearth room technically, big open space at end of kitchen).

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Registered: 07-09-2010
Tue, 07-27-2010 - 1:37pm
I don't worry about unexpected guests. You don't call I don't answer the door. You are welcome to call me from my front porch and I'll be excited to see you and welcome you in, offer you a glass of sweet iced tea or a cup of coffee upon your entry, and enjoy your company but if you ring the door bell w/out calling I don't even respond to the door.

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Registered: 04-16-2010
Tue, 07-27-2010 - 1:39pm

Is that what they call southern hospitality?

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Registered: 05-10-2009
Tue, 07-27-2010 - 1:45pm

Oooh, I'd so get Cabin Fever.


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Registered: 05-10-2009
Tue, 07-27-2010 - 1:47pm

Advance notice isn't that important to me.

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Registered: 04-16-2010
Tue, 07-27-2010 - 1:50pm

Confession time!


I like a neat and clean house.

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Registered: 04-16-2010
Tue, 07-27-2010 - 1:54pm
I am a "homebody".
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Registered: 07-09-2010
Tue, 07-27-2010 - 1:56pm
The tea or coffee? The southern food? Offering up a slice of homemade pie with one of those drinks or some fresh lemonade? All of those, yes ma'am!

Polkadots&FlipFlops

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Registered: 04-16-2010
Tue, 07-27-2010 - 1:57pm

I want my home (both physically and in terms of the people that live in it)

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Registered: 07-09-2010
Tue, 07-27-2010 - 1:58pm

ha nah, too many fun things to entertain myself around the house, I absolutely love to watch tv and read also so I've never experienced boredom or cabin fever at home. (experienced boredom at the office when I woh though)


I love to be home, I cherish it.


My mother should have retired years ago, she still works. She doesn't like to be home. Once she gets the house clean and the clothes washed she is done and ready to go. She has to go someplace every day. That woman, you can never find her ha


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