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: 02-24-2010
Fri, 08-13-2010 - 2:28am
Wow it seemed obvious to me that she answered your question.

“Clearly," said Arthur,"you're an idiot- but you're our kind of idiot. Come on.” 
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Registered: 02-24-2010
Fri, 08-13-2010 - 2:24am
Yikes, I never read that blog or post or whatever.

“Clearly," said Arthur,"you're an idiot- but you're our kind of idiot. Come on.” 
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Thu, 08-12-2010 - 1:18pm

I am certainly not a obssesive cleaner or do I expect my house to be perfect but yes,

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Registered: 01-05-2000
Thu, 08-12-2010 - 1:18am

That employee deserves a medal and a raise.

Chris

The truth may be out there but lies are in your head. Terry Pratchett

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Registered: 01-05-2000
Thu, 08-12-2010 - 1:16am

Yep, that's it. I read it to Dylan and he thinks that the whole family are morons. He can't believe that the parents didn't just give the 11 yo one of their menus.

Chris

edited to correct a stupid spelling error




Edited 8/12/2010 1:19 am ET by sewchris703

The truth may be out there but lies are in your head. Terry Pratchett

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Thu, 08-12-2010 - 1:14am

I'm just impressed I remembered that much.

Chris

The truth may be out there but lies are in your head. Terry Pratchett

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Wed, 08-11-2010 - 6:47pm




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Wed, 08-11-2010 - 5:01pm
Yeah, I am thinking I might be a little bit worried about glass shards in my food!
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Registered: 04-22-2005
Wed, 08-11-2010 - 4:41pm
I love the fact that the worker proceeds to calmly give the next person their order as though nothing had happened. They deserve employee of the month, LOL.











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Registered: 02-24-2009
Wed, 08-11-2010 - 3:33pm
Good heavens! Some people really should be required to get a certificate of sanity before being allowed to leave the house.

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