I am pulling my hair out again each time I attempt to enter my daughter’s bedroom and it now seems to have spread into Bonus Boy’s like some contagious disease. Our New Year’s Resolution hasn’t lasted beyond January and I am getting that itchy Spring cleaning feeling. Realisation is slowly dawning that she won’t tidy up because it really doesn’t bother her and that he can’t because he has no idea how! I sort of assume that, because I have done all this already with two children, the others will learn it by some sort of osmosis or thought transference but they clearly won’t.
Also, I seem to have stepped unwittingly into a time machine and whole months appear to have vanished. I sat in Bonus Boy’s bedroom last night, waiting for him to put his pyjamas on and stop fidgeting about, and realised that he has grown out of his room. It needs a total revamp and, I suspect, the same is true next door in the pit of doom. It’s time to look at some childrens bedroom furniture.
I attended parents’ evening for my Darling Girl last night and it was pretty obvious that the inside of her head is much like the inside of her room; busy, hugely creative and just a bit dotty. I need to wade in there (her room, not her head) and help her have a really good clear out. She has finally agreed to ‘edit’ her cuddlies box (although she *may* be under the false impression that they will just be moving next door) and, painful though it will undoubtedly be, we are going to bag up some of her old books to make room on the shelves for the ones she is currently reading. The Rainbow Fairies and Angelina Ballerina have given way to Twilight and I think it is just as much me hanging on to those pastel pages as it is her – but neither of us will be parting with The Magic Faraway Tree!
In his room he grew out of chunky bricks and shape sorters long ago and Lego, Harry Potter and Pokemon now need the space. I’ve already extended his bookcase and invested in some underbed storage in a vain attempt to keep it looking like one of those ‘real home’ magazine shots. Do children’s rooms EVER look like that?
Both of them spend huge swathes of time drawing and Darling Girl is currently working on a poetry collection (some of it is scarily good, watch out Carol Ann Duffy!) so I am looking at childrens desks as a good investment. Bonus Boy is currently making do with the high chair we bought 16 years ago and which converts into a desk and chair but he really is a bit squashed and it may well be impeding his growth!
I’m hoping that having a good spring clean, investing in some storage which fits their growing personalities and giving them both a fresh start will make us all feel better. I’m not very good at nagging and I have let things slip, partly because I am not a very tidy person myself and would far rather be creating something than tidying up after it! I’m not happy though with the scale of the mess so it’s up to me to do something about it!
Does anyone know the secret which will make this process easier? Do you have a top tip for helping children to tidy their rooms and keep them tidy?
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