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Tidy Up TIme

Posted in 'Clutter' on May 28, 2008

This week I have been doing battle with Miss 3 1/2 and Master 20 months over the state of our toyroom/office. Like most parents, I am constantly tripping over things and asking for them to be picked up. Only to get the response "I'm sick of tidying up mummy" or "I'm still playing with all of my barbie dolls and my dressups and my doctors kit" or best of all, no response!

So I am now practising what I preach and have implemented this weeks tip into our house:

Just before dinner each night, set the timer on the oven for 7 minutes and get everyone in the house to do a bit of a tidy up. You can make it a game for the kids to see who can clean the fastest. Put away the clothes that are sitting on the couch. Empty the bin, sort through the junk mail and through out the ones you don't want to look at, empty the dishwasher (or the washing up rack), toys back to where they belong. 7 minutes isn't a long time but it will make a difference and you will start tomorrow with a cleaner house.

For those of you that have younger kids like I do, I sometimes do multiple 3 minute cleans well before dinner time. I turn the oven timer on for 3 minutes and they clean up till it goes off. Then they can watch TV or play for a little longer, then the timer goes on again. That way they are trying to tidy as quickly as they can so they can get back to doing fun stuff! 



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