So I have an issue people. I like my spawn to have tidy rooms. Not perfect.
Well, okay. I like it perfect.
When If they make their bed, I will make it ‘just so‘ after they’ve left for school. I will put the toys out of their rooms and downstairs ‘where they belong‘ and ensure the dirty laundry is in the closet hamper. Their hanging clothes are sorted by sleeve length and color (if I have time….the color thing sometimes goes by the way side.) And the unused hangers are sorted by color.
Yes, I have issues.
But don’t you sleep better in a room that is tidy?
Make all the mess you want during the day. You may even leave it out if there’s a fort involved or it’s a weekend where you’ll have time to play with it tomorrow. But if I can’t vacuum around it, if the dogs can eat part of it, if it causes spawn to repeatedly ask me where something in plain sight is located…..PICK IT UP!
Not to say my house is tidy. But when it is tidy, it is SO tidy.
Now…let me tell you a tale. A story from long ago. From when I was a teenager. My room was a holy pit. A pit of despair. The pit of despair. My mom was always amazed at the mess. She would simply close the door. (What a saint! I can’t imagine the will power it took to not lock me in there with the mess!) But the kicker is…I would call home from school and ask her to bring me something (again – what a saint!). I could tell her exactly what pile it was in and how far down and which direction to reach. Every. Single. Time. I want to believe she respected my memory but more likely was afraid the pit of despair would either a.) suck her in never to be found again or b.) spread to the hallway and down the hall and take over the house.
Now I live the opposite. I like my tidy spaces. I like my right angles. I like my OCD tendencies.
GOD HELP ME!
What do you do? Do you let your spawn’s toys rule the roost or are you a toy Nazi like me? Organizational ruler or free player?