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Fall Room-Cleaning.

As you can see from the top picture, the beds are pushed 1-2-3 near each other so one can barely navigate. D is uncomfortable with bunk beds because of the possibilities of falls and injuries. Someday, I hope to get captain's style beds for the children so that at least we don't have to have three beds AND dressers in the room. While I had the blankets and sheets out for a washing, I did a good dusting and moved some furniture back and forth to see what I'd find. If you're brave, embiggen the pictures for a good look at these dust monsters. They can't rightly be called "bunnies" any more. This is one of those things that I used to "get around to" literally every three weeks to monthly when I had two children, but now that I have six? I'm lucky to get 'round to this sort of thing every six months. Ok, the sheets get washed more frequently than that, but the room sure doesn't get cleaned nearly so well or so often. I have officially told Elf and Emperor that they've lost the dollar allowance they usually get for cleaning their room. Obviously I hadn't been checking under beds and behind dressers before shelling out each week. I'm not sure if it's because I'm too trusting or too lazy... or maybe I *am* sure and don't want to reveal quite all my dysfunction on the blog just yet.


  1. substitute the drawings for magazines and the games for cat toys and you've got my house!!

    oh, and add cat hair to the dust monsters

    I like a clean house and obviously dust can affect the air BUT moving all that stuff around is just too much

    as Nana used to say - "there is dirty dirt and there is clean dirt"

  2. For me it isn't so physically demanding as it is TIME-consuming to move all that stuff around and clean up under. More of a "give a mouse a cookie" situation. Once I move a dresser, I have to clean under it. Cleaning under the dresser makes me realize that there are toys beneath that are disorganized. Then I need to organize the toys...

    You could go on all day like that. :]

  3. I did a deep cleaning yesterday, too. I like to say that I found a "third dog" behind the laundry hamper...

  4. Oh I love a good cleaning, but sometimes I get so overwhelmed with my quest for perfection that I just don't do it. Like if it can't be all cleaned and all organized on that day--why bother? But I do. And eventually it gets done. Captains beds would be cool!

  5. You will notice that I have never ever posted pictures of a bedroom that still has a child living in it! ☺ There is a reason for that so feel LOTS better.

  6. Allison, what did you name the dog? LOL

    Bonnie, I'm so done with perfect. I am aiming for a "clean enough that a casual visitor won't call the authorities" look.

    Ganeida, I posted a pic of Patrick and G's room once and they made me remove it. They were embarrassed about the dirty socks, dust monsters, pencil stubs and trash all over being posted... but not enough to actually clean said items off the floor...

  7. I tried posting a pic of Brown Bear's room and he had a fit when he saw how bad it was. But just like yours, not enough to clean it without being forced.

    And BTW I have the same dysfuntion as you. hehe

  8. My goodness girl, you would faint if you saw my kid's room right now! I was soooo upset with them today. I think my kids are THE laziest kids. Seriously. I have chores for them... but if I didn't, watch out. This place would be a pigsty.

    When people call me a supermom I always laugh and tell them, "I'm no supermom. I just try super hard!"

  9. By the way, I am naturally NOT organized. So I have my good days and bad days. Some weeks I am just on top of everything. Other times I get so frustrated how messy my kids are that I want to just sit on the couch, eat ice cream, and read a good book instead of working. It gets frustrating to work so hard with them about their chores every single day. They really fight against it but I just have to be consistant and not let the get away with not doing them.

  10. I like to call cleaning out under the furniture a "treasure hunt". I can always hear exclamations of, "I've been looking for this forever," and "oh, yeah, I forgot all about this." It's even better when we find a library book we thought we were going to have to pay for. Loads of fun!


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