How can parent’s best make sure that the child’s room stays clean and organized?
a) Make a rule whereby only one or two containers are played with at one time.
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b) Have your child clean up each evening – a 5 minute timer can help.
c) Consider having a simple check list on the back of the door.
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What are the basic steps to cleaning a child’s messy room?
Step 1: Do a deep clean first – go through everything and give away and throw away enough so that the remainder is manageable (usually 50%!)
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Step 2: Containerize – bunch similar items together and put them in containers. Container store, Walmart and Target all have great assortments.
Step 3: Label each container with photos or words.
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Ever wanted to be a matchmaker ? Well, you can be one right in your own home. Go around your abode and see what items you don’t LOVE and don’t use often and are just there …. because. Look at the item and think of some-one who would really appreciate it. Now repeat that again and again until all your extras have a new loving home to look forward to.
Put the item/s in your car right away and drop things off as you go on your merry way.
Doesn’t it feel good to create a happily ever after ?
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Next time you feel like a deer in headlights, jump into action not reason.
I speak from experience.
Action speaks, shouts and bellows louder than words.
Try it. It’s liberating to be free from paralysis by analysis.
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Here’s a gem from ‘Avator‘ creator James Cameron. “Curiosity is the most powerful thing you own,” he said. “Don’t put limitations on yourself. Other people will do that for you…failure has to be an option in art and exploration because it’s a leap of faith.
“In whatever you’re doing, failure is an option, but fear is not.”
Wow. I’ve never separated failure and fear. Thank you James, I have cognitive homework to do.
Want to squeeze more out of nap time ?
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Here’s a tip you may not have heard of:
Put a toy at the far end of the crib to encourage 10 minutes of play time once your baby wakes up. It’s amazing what Moms get done in those 10 minutes.