Tomorrow the adoption specialist comes to meet us and have a walk-through of our house. From my understanding, this is so when a child comes into the system that is eligible for adoption and their criteria matches with ours, the adoption specialist will have a better idea of who we are and whether she thinks our family would be a good match for that child. All that to say......today Carson and I are cleaning house!! :) His room was a disaster, because when he plays in his room, he plays hard. He pulls out everything and has the biggest time. Yesterday he had a friend over to play, so there was two little people in there to create a wreck. They stayed very busy having fun, though. We had to drag them out when it was time to eat lunch and then time for him to leave. :)
When Carson's room gets really messy, he has trouble figuring out how to clean up. I think the mess is just so overwhelming that he doesn't know where to start. If I stand in his room and give him step by step instructions, then he can clean it himself. You know, focus on one thing at a time. He is still not able to master that ability since he is only four. I was needing to be tidying elsewhere, so I came up with the idea to draw him a map (since he can't read) of the steps that he needs to take to clean his room. He did a pretty good job!
|This is the before picture........yikes!!!|
I slipped his map down in a clear protector, so that he could mark off when he finished a step with a dry-erase marker. Then we can erase it off and use it again the next time his room becomes a disaster.......because I'm sure there will be a next time. :)
That's all I have time for now. I want to post about our fun camping trip last weekend, but that will have to wait. I have this uncontrollable urge to make my house look perfect for when the specialist comes tomorrow.......God forbid that she realize we are real people with a normal life and normal clutter. :)
(For all you clean freaks out there, I would like to clarify that Carson's room is not always that messy. :) It can go from clean to wreck in minutes and the toys get cleaned up almost every night. Just don't want you to think that there was anything growing or living in that mess or something.....it was all clean clutter that just needed a few minutes of attention.)