August 26, 2010
Cleaning with Kids: Clean Up Mini Chore Frames
This is what our playroom looks like on a good day. Sometimes I think it would be easier to clean it up myself than to get the girls to straighten it up. It's a daily struggle, and while I always win the battle, I feel like I'm losing the war. A is still too little, and E becomes hysterical when asked to tackle a mess this big. "But what do I clean up FIRST?" "What do I clean up NEXT?" "Mooooommmmmmyyyyyy, I don't KNOW what to CLEAN UP!"
While I would love to have the time to stand still and direct her every move, I'm usually in the middle of making dinner or changing a diaper or, you know, surfing Facebook. So I finally devised a solution: Chore Mini Frames!
Target has these little frames (3.5" x 2.5") in their dollar spot. I got this pack of 4 for $2.50. Using Scrapblog.com, I created placards for four categories of toys: Books, Dolls & Dollhouse, Kitchen, and Toys. (Click on the picture if you'd like to download for yourself.)
E was thrilled with the placards. I thought about hanging them on the wall, but decided to just set them up on the toyshelf so we can rearrange the order. In no time she had the playroom looking like this:
Can you hear the Hallelujah chorus? My 20 minute Scrapblog project resulted in nothing short of the miraculous. Victory might be mine afterall!
Too Many Toys by David Shannon
If you like David Shannon, you're sure to be happy with his latest book. Spencer has too many toys! Most of the book describes his various toys and their ubiquity throughout the house. Finally, his mother has had enough (sound familiar?) and insists that he get rid of some. They begin to haggle over every toy (my favorite line is when the mother says, "What are you, a lawyer now?!") until they finally fill the box. Spencer's poor mother thinks she's finally gotten the upper-hand, but in the end her son triumphs... in a surprise ending that winks at every parent reading the story.
I'm linking up to:
- SOYS @ Fireflies & Jellybeans
- Sixth Street Design School