Friday, June 2, 2017

Celebrate The Small Things - June 2, 2017


This week I did some major house cleaning with my sons. We worked on their room and now it looks like a newer, bigger room.  We gave away and threw out a lot of toys that they outgrew or broke. I removed the baby mats from their bedroom floor. The mats were there to protect them from getting hurt if they fell on the hardwood floor. I think my husband is sad to see the mats go because it reminds him that the kids are not babies anymore. He didn't say it outright, but he said, "Their room is going to be colder in the winter now. The mats were keeping the heat in." Uh huh. 

I put a few of the mats outside for my other babies, my dogs. It's softer for them to lie on and they're less dirty when they come in the house. It will save money on dog wipes. In theory. If they continue to lie down in the dirt then that will defeat the purpose. There used to be a small patch of grass next to the wall, but one of my dogs dug it up and likes to sleep on the pile of dirt during the day. I thought a raccoon was digging up my yard, but nope. It was my dog. Not that we don't have grass. We have a good sized yard with lots of grass, but she prefers to lie in the dirt. Lucky me.

My youngest son marked up the walls with crayon when he was a toddler. I saved them for him to clean up when he was old enough. Today was the day! Sweet revenge! Haha! I also saved a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser for years for him to use on the walls. He did a great job!

He's better at cleaning than tidying up anyway. If I tell him to put his toys away, he'll put them all in a bag and shove them in the closet. They get bent, broken, and thrown in in random order. I found clothes I ironed for him shoved and balled up in the closet as well. I told him to hang up his clothes. Later, I found FOUR shirts on ONE hanger for PANTS. Two shirts on each clip. Of course, they were wrinkled. I spend an hour or more every Sunday ironing school uniforms for the kids. I am not going to re-iron these clothes. I hung them back up and he is going to school with wrinkled clothes. 

After a week of cleaning, their room is not done, but we made good progress. Now they have clutter-free, clean, vacuumed floors!

I managed to get a some things done on my graphic novel so I guess it wasn't a complete loss.

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  1. What a lovely family project. It doesn't matter how long it takes. It's something you're doing together. It's interesting how certain things represent our children's advancement to another stage of life, like the mats in the bedroom. Our son had a street map mat which he loved for a while, but when he stopped playing with toy cars, the mat became a childish thing which he didn't want anymore. That's the way it goes. My two are adults now

  2. Cleaning the kids' rooms is always so satisfying, even if you do get a lot of attitude from the kids about doing it….

  3. Congrats on the new, cleaner kids' room! I wonder why boys don't mind wrinkles and why dogs would prefer dirt to grass... I hope they like the mats. Have a great week!