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So yesterday I posted a guest post about getting your kids involved in summer organizing and cleaning and today I wanted to continue that discussion because it’s one I’m super passionate about. The reason it’s so near and dear to my heart is because I would absolutely be a frazzled overwhelmed mom if it weren’t for my kids pitching in as much as they do. We all work together. It doesn’t mean I’m supermom or have the world’s best behaved children. Please! Trust me, they do not come up to me every week begging to clean the toilets or organize their dresser tops. No way. But they do it knowing there is just no getting out of it. Consistency is the name of the game around these parts. Since they were little I’ve invested my time into training them and teaching them the organizing process. Has it been easy, gosh no but I can assure you of this. It has been worth it. My oldest kids are now 14 and 11 and I no longer have to hover over them as they do their chores like I use to when they were younger. I also haven’t had to clean a toilet in years either. Sweet!
With organizing however I still play a very active roll in coming along beside them to work through the PROCESS steps. Organizing is a skill that includes flexing our decision making muscle over and over and over again. I want my kids to practice this young to avoid being overwhelmed with stuff later. I wrote in more detail about this here.
So this week, in light of summer vacation, I encourage you to get your children involved in some of the organizing tasks that need to be done around the house. Even little ones can get involved. Remember be specific with them…ask specific questions and give specific direction. AND don’t forget to have fun! To help you with this part I wrote a post earlier this week over on Organizing Your Way about how to turn organizing projects into a fun scavenger hunt game for your kids. It’s a win-win, check it out!
Questions to ponder:
1. Do you try to get your kids involved?
2. If you struggle with it, what do you find is your biggest stumbling block?
3. Which step of the PROCESS do you find to be the hardest?
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