>> Sunday, August 5, 2012
So we've been having a problem with Nani keeping her room clean. This has actually been an issue for quite awhile. We go in and do a good, deep clean...and within days, it's back to a room that would make any dumpster diver twitch with anticipation.
Before My Marine left, we sat down with the girls and explained to them that with Daddy gone, they'd have to help out mommy just a little bit more....and keeping their rooms clean is one way they can help mommy out. And it's just a rule of the house -- period.
So, we're about a week into deployment and I go into Nani's room to put something away and step on crayons, Happy Meal toys, bits of paper and yarn, and other things that just shouldn't be on a bedroom floor.
I admit....I snapped. And it was not pretty.
I yelled at her. I told her that if she wanted to keep her room like a pigsty, that was fine with me. She would just sleep with her trash that night. And I took her trash can and dumped the rest of it on the floor and her bed. (It was just filled with paper.....)
She was not happy. But hey.....I didn't care....neither was I.
If looks could kill.
But she slept in it. Curled up in the corner by her pillows. She didn't clean up one single thing. Until the next day.
So, to teach her a further lesson....her room was going to be stripped. The only thing in her room would be her bed, her bookcase (because I'm not moving furniture) and her nightstand.
We had 4 piles - "To Earn Back", "To Donate", "Consignment" and "Trash"
By the end of the day, we had one large trash bag, 4 boxes for consignment, 2 boxes to donate, and 1 big plastic storage bin to earn back.
Until she earns back her privileges, she is only allowed to have 3 books in her room at a time. Last night she was able to get her DVD player back and is now allowed to listen to music. I warned her that if the DVD/CD cases start piling up again, she loses the DVD play again -- 1 week for every DVD/CD case left out.
So let me ask you.....do you think I went to far? How do YOU deal with the messy room?