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Special Delight

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

I hate cleaning.
I especially hate cleaning up the same mess day after day.
And more than that, I hate nagging my kids to clean.

Yet it seems to be part and parcel of parenting.
[This would not be a good time to suggest a reward system, BTW.]

So I tell Poppyseed over and over again that cleaning her room includes picking up and putting away all of the little piddly chazerai that seems to congregate on her floor.
I tell her that whatever doesn’t get picked up and put away is in real and present danger of being tossed.
I do not make idle threats.

I wonder…

Am I the only one who takes special delight in the clickedty-clack sounds made by the Polly Pocket shoes, et al. as they get sucked up by the vacuum?

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  1. Sara permalink
    Tuesday, 29 May 2012 11:13 am

    When we were in high school, my friend’s Dad told her the same thing. One day after school, she came home to a beautiful, clean-floored bedroom. Her Dad had put everything on the floor into trash bags and donated it all. I don’t think she kept a messy room ever again!

  2. Tuesday, 29 May 2012 11:19 pm

    Anything is game for the garage at our house. I CANNOT stand those little pieces of anything all over the place. Our garbage has seen its fair share of silly bands which seem to STILL how up in random places despite everyone being completely over that fad.

  3. Wednesday, 30 May 2012 1:40 pm

    I am SO over Polly Pockets!! Those shoes are just awful!!!I hate tossing things I paid for though…but I hate a messy house :-(

  4. Liz Rolle permalink
    Thursday, 31 May 2012 2:45 pm

    I can’t encourage you enough to get your kids to pick up now. I did not push this nearly enough and one of mine, at 24, lives in a sty. Sadly, his girlfriend has the same habits. Aaurgh!

  5. mimisy4 permalink
    Monday, 4 June 2012 2:14 am

    I’m with you on the hating cleaning thing, even though I feel like I find myself constantly doing it. I find managing all the little clutter in my house a full time job in and of itself, not to mention all the other tasks involved with taking care of children, and of course, the desire to just enjoy them and not fixate on the mess they leave. Any and all tips for this sort of thing are always welcomed by me, as I cannot stand the mess but also cannot stand having to constantly manage it!

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