A Neat and Clean House vs Children

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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: 07-17-2007
Tue, 07-27-2010 - 2:16pm
I recommend "The Kids Are All Right". It isn't as funny as advertised, but it is well done.
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Registered: 01-08-2009
Tue, 07-27-2010 - 2:17pm
I do not choose to live my life based on an unrealistic fear of what MIGHT happen. The number of home invasions in my neighborhood in the last ten years is zero. Then number of times someone has unexpectedly knocked on my door and I have let them in? Probably over a thousand.
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Registered: 07-17-2007
Tue, 07-27-2010 - 2:18pm
Amen!
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Registered: 04-16-2010
Tue, 07-27-2010 - 2:19pm
My doorbell rang at 6:30a last week.
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Registered: 04-16-2010
Tue, 07-27-2010 - 2:20pm
Yes!!!
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Registered: 05-10-2009
Tue, 07-27-2010 - 2:21pm
I'm just too social a person by
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Registered: 05-10-2009
Tue, 07-27-2010 - 2:23pm
At my parents' house, people don't knock. Okay, they do knock ... as they are opening the door and walking in ... lol
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Registered: 07-09-2010
Tue, 07-27-2010 - 2:23pm

Thanks! We saw Grown Ups last week, loved it, will be buying that one on dvd. (Thinking it will be one of my dh's Christmas gifts)


The other girls stayed and went to see "Salt" at 12:05am but I'm not a Jolie fan personally although that style of movie, I do like.


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Registered: 01-08-2009
Tue, 07-27-2010 - 2:24pm
Our neighborhood is kind of like that. Strangers and salespeople knock at the front door, everyone else comes in through the side door into the garage and then to our back door where they knock at the same time they are opening up the door and yelling "Hello! Hello?"
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Registered: 04-16-2010
Tue, 07-27-2010 - 2:25pm
There are a handful of people in our *circle* of friends that this would apply to, they knock as they open the door to our home, and we do the same at theirs, lol.

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