My house is a sort of clutter fest on low simmer.
There are paper piles in most every room. Not overly obtrusive, they sit quietly on sides, corners.
Clothes are similar, if fewer in number. A small stack folded, or a rumpled pile on the floor after a quick change.
Living with three kids adds to this human habitat dynamic. Times three everything.
As a new school year gets underway, I’m resolved to try anew to teach them a few basics around a little tidier dwelling place. They seem to have gotten sloppier, forgotten the bare bones minimum of basic household decorum. At least of how I want to live.
And since I’m the dad and they’re the kids well, gotta try to have a positive effect.
Not everything has its place at my house but there are a few basics.
- Don’t litter.
- Dishes on the counter or sink, not in the furniture or floor.
- Shoes in the shoe pile by the door or bedroom, not strewn about.
- Dirty clothes in the hamper.
- School book bags in “Backpack Row” near the wood cabinet in the corner of the front room.
That’s it. Five basics. We’ll see how it goes.
This blog post is a decent script;
I think I’ll use it. : – )