Keep It Clean, Kids

Working from home, keeping things neat is very easy since most of the time I have only myself to pick up after. But now that summer is here, it's time to try (yet AGAIN) to teach my boys this lesson.

I tidy up mindlessly. Walk through a room, notice something out of place, deal with it. But in my efforts to keep a clean house, I've let my boys develop some very bad habits.

It's not that I didn't notice their stuff being left all over the place (I was constantly putting their stuff away). And it's not like I didn't ever tell them to do it themselves...

I did not, however, realize how bad they are about leaving a trail of their belongings wherever they went...until they went to Nana's house for a few days.

She couldn't keep up with their messes. DVDs, video game discs, Lego ships on every surface, random toys strewn about, board games left out, laundry...you get the idea.

Moms are really good at pointing out our faults, huh?

I can no longer subscribe to the theory If I want a clean house, I should just clean it myself. But I can't spend all my time nagging and I can't just let the house go. It gives me heartburn just to imagine what that would look like.

How do I teach them how EASY it is to just pick up after themselves? Suggestions?

About the Author...
Karie Bradley
Karie Bradley is the Content Director for MomsEveryday. She lives in Wichita, Kansas with her husband Ben and their two sons Dylan and Logan.

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