As kids, we have grown up being told to keep our rooms clean. As girls, it was imperative to have a tidy room because females aren’t supposed to be messy. That was a statement my mom always told my sisters and I. I guess that’s why she always by-passed my brother’s room. As a mom of three girls, I use that statement all of the time. However, their room continues to look catastrophic. It’s not that their room is dirty, they just have an abundance of stuff that needs to go. From clothes, to toys, to books my girls have so much stuff, no matter how clean the room it never looks clean enough. My oldest has gotten the point and her room, I must say is immaculate. But my two younger ones share a room and between the two of them there is a toy store full of things to play with, clothes to last a lifetime, and books everywhere. I’ve tried helping them get rid of things only for them to tell me with each thing I pick up, that they NEED this and CAN’T GET RID OF that. So we end up with a load of things not used in the box in the corner of their room. I have even tried getting rid of some of their things while they were away at school and I still don’t get very far.
The kids never want to get rid of their old junk. They some have toys from their first birthdays, and past Christmases, toys from friends, and toys of friends. I am begin-ing to think they are becoming hoarders, I’ve seen that show and it’s not pretty. I have decided that as soon as the kids go back to school, I am going to take a weekend to wash clothes and toys and gather the books they do not need any more and donate them. I think that if they give their toys and old clothing to children in need it will make them feel better about getting rid of their old stuff. They will also feel good about their room looking and actually being clean.