Tidy up time

Friday, March 11, 2011

I have a 5 year old who likes to keep all her things hidden away so her little brother can't get to any of it. Normally, I wouldn't have a problem (because who likes siblings getting into your things) but practically every toy in my house has ended up in her room just so D can't play with it. Sigh....her room is a disaster now with toys in every nook & cranny. Time for a purge and a sharing lesson. Yep those are my weekend plans. Oh, if any of you moms out there have some clever tips I would be grateful if you shared. Happy Friday folks.
So lovely & tidy...I know...I need to relax, she is only 5. But you gotta start young right? Image via Elle Decor and photo by Dominique Vorillon. 


Shannon said... [Reply to comment]

let us know what works! is it even possible to reason with a 5 year old girl? how do you teach them that its only 'STUFF'?? Oy, my time is coming one day too soon!

i am planning to ditch a bunch of toys at garage sale time. in other words, a box on the curb with sign that reads "free trucks"

how is the bedroom makeover coming?

laxsupermom said... [Reply to comment]

Sharing is non-negotiable in our house. The boys are too far apart in age where they don't play with the same things, but when friends are over, I've always had this policy:
Everything is shared. If a toy is causing a fight(I had it first, no I did, etc.) then the toy goes in time out. - "Oh, no the trumpet is causing a problem, it's time for Mr. Trumpet to have a time out. He can come out and play in 10 minutes." It only takes a few times of saying that line, before the kids protest, "there's no problem, we're sharing, it's your turn, no it's your turn."

As far as too much stuff. This past year I had SB go through all his stuffed animals when I redid his room. We talked about how fortunate we are, and how some kids don't have any toys to love. I had him pick out 3 that he absolutely loved and would never, ever want to part with, then 1 that he didn't care about for the donate pile, 3 then 1, and on and on until there were only about 10 left and it became very hard for him to choose. These 10 we also kept. He gave away about a dozen on his own and felt good about it.

Hope this helps some. Can't wait to see the room when you're done.

sarah.wandering. said... [Reply to comment]

This is a gorgeous bedroom for a little girl - not your average kiddie-room. Good luck with the lesson - I'm not one to help - I have trouble with both these things myself!

Happy Weekeend.

Sound Horn Please said... [Reply to comment]

I can relate to your daughter, that is exactly the sort of older sister I made. I did learn a few lessons. Don't worry too much, it all works out :)

Anu@My Dream Canvas said... [Reply to comment]

Oh my , let me know what you did. I am in the same boat :-)

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Sudha said... [Reply to comment]

i am not a mom yet, but would like to see how you managed it :)

design elements said... [Reply to comment]

interesting to know what you did... my kids are 1 and 3 years old :-) happy weekend

Designwali said... [Reply to comment]

@laxsupermom Time out for toys...what a great idea! I will use it next time. Great room makeover too!

Designwali said... [Reply to comment]

@Shannon her bedroom makeover is going too slowly..I plan to remove the wallpaper this weekend while on march break and buy some paint. fingers crossed i make some progress!

amy walters said... [Reply to comment]

Just came across your design blog....LOVE your logo! Great work ;) Looking forward to my next "visit"!

designchic said... [Reply to comment]

What a precious room...perfect for a little girl!

Kelly @ JAX does design said... [Reply to comment]

That's such a cute kid's bedroom :-) Don't worry, you'll get there one day - like you said, start young!

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