I’m finding it so hard to explain what happened when we didn’t “clean” my kids’ rooms. We didn’t even “declutter” or Kondo their rooms. We aren’t trying to be “minimalist” or zero footprint people. Seriously.
To be honest. What we took out of their rooms was replaced with a change in our kids I never expected. We “cleaned” their rooms all. the. time. I even “cleaned” it with a garbage bag occasionally. Whenever we did clean it was not fun for anyone. Usually there were tears and frustration. And then for the week following there was a sense of “don’t even go in there” or everything will implode. It was crazy.
But when we went through this process of Making Space for Change what we found in their bedrooms were obligations, shouldas and a few couldas. We found a lot of stuff my kids didn’t even like or want in their rooms. What?!
Their rooms are now incredibly calm, individually unique and it’s physically impossible to ever look the way it did before because the unnecessary stuff is gone. My kids make their beds. They put away their laundry. They know where everything goes because they chose the space. And that’s just the obvious things. The things that aren’t obvious – Ember and I will never fight about her closet again because it’s her “hot new hangout” where she reads and occasionally sleeps. She said, “now that we don’t have to clean on the weekends maybe I can help you do school baking.” Um, connection. Axton invites me to his room to play lego and we all have more time to laugh and play together.
If you would have told me I would see changes within hours I would have called your BS. But I’ve experienced the difference and it’s insane!
We didn’t declutter, I don’t really have clutter in my house. We uncovered something wonderful.
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