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: 07-09-2010
Tue, 07-27-2010 - 2:25pm

I'm not scared in my neighborhood or really any place nearby in the part of the city where we live.


I just prefer to take precautions based on what the police department says every month as a reminder at the association meetings and what friends say they even do in their homes, including a police detective himself who lives in a luscious neighborhood where like with us crime is zero.


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Registered: 05-10-2009
Tue, 07-27-2010 - 2:26pm

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But only for those that are pre-approved with an appointment, right?


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If I lived in that kind of neighborhood/community/town, I'd move. Seriously.

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Registered: 04-16-2010
Tue, 07-27-2010 - 2:27pm

police department says every month as a reminder at the association meetings


You attend these meetings?


including a police detective himself who lives in a luscious neighborhood


Personally, I would have some real concerns about this.....

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Registered: 05-10-2009
Tue, 07-27-2010 - 2:27pm
THIS.
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Registered: 01-08-2009
Tue, 07-27-2010 - 2:29pm
Wow, so now you go to police association meetings every month, as well as church, vacation, an occasional wedding, and movies with girlfriends a couple of times a month. You're sounding less like a recluse all the time.
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Registered: 05-10-2009
Tue, 07-27-2010 - 2:31pm
The sheriff lives about 5 houses away.
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Registered: 04-16-2010
Tue, 07-27-2010 - 2:32pm
I was giving this some thought.
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Registered: 07-09-2010
Tue, 07-27-2010 - 2:33pm

No, you can call me and say "hey, I'm at your front door, I was driving by and thought I'd stop in to say hi" and I will be excited to see you, probably get a supper invite if you come anywhere within two to three hours of serving time.


If I can SEE who it is, of course I open the door and same thing.


It is when I have no idea you are coming to my door and I can't SEE you.


Plus, honestly, I often do not hear the doorbell! Btw kids playing, the televisions on, maybe I'm texting or on the phone I really do not pay any attention. Last week I was waiting for an online order to arrive so I kept things quiet until after I knew the UPS truck ran (I know what time of day all the different trucks run in the neighborhood ha)


Our neighborhood is safe. Zero crime rate! One of the city's officers (pretty high up in rank) is head of our neighborhood association & safety and is a board member. The neighborhoods all around us even the ones far enough way you'd have to drive to go are safe according to the monthly info.


We have lived here for years and will be here for years more.


Like I said, what do you do when you have a big french door and you are in a room where you can't see out a window that looks towards the front door (the window looks out back so won't help, can't even see the car ha)? Then it really is hard to peep and see so you can answer the door.


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Registered: 01-08-2009
Tue, 07-27-2010 - 2:35pm
Yeah, DH and I spend most of our time at home in the den, which has a big bay window that faces the street. We can see who is coming up the walk, and they can see us, if they look inside. So we really couldn't pretend not to be home or not see people as they come up the walk. Most of the time it is the UPS man or the people that hang doormail coupons on your door or something like that. This time of year it's likely to be somebody passing out campaign material. Every once in ahwhile it's a parent of a child in the neighborhood wanting to know if you've seen their kid because he was supposed to be playing over at Nick's and come home by three, but Nick's Mom said they left the house about two-thirty and thought they might be coming over to my house, stuff like that.
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Tue, 07-27-2010 - 2:36pm

I don't. I don't like meetings (even scrapbooking ones ha). The info is printed up of what was discussed, decided and announced and it is always on there. Plus our neighbor is on the board so she always says that is always mentioned. We also get a weekly email and that is part of the standard that is customary reminders for neighbors.


His neighborhood has zero crime. The ones around it same. But he says you can never be too safe when it comes to caring for yourself and your loved ones. He practices what he preaches. So does the officer that lives right around the corner from us and does the meetings for the neighborhood.


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