She now has an attic bedroom. The ceiling is slanted with a point down the middle. Anyway, she only has to have occasional traffic through her room to access the storage space in the attic. Otherwise, she is very out of the way and has a cool room. Her bed wouldn't make it up there, so she even wound up with a larger bed!
Now the problem part. She isn't
My husband prodded me to do it again. He volunteered to bring her boxes down from her attic room so I could stay downstairs and go through things for her. We got started Sunday morning.
I divided items for donation, trash (like an OLD bag of Halloween candy!), laundry, and keep. I started just putting all the "keep" stuff together. Then once I'd gone through everything, I went back through the "keep" stuff and organized it. She has a nice wooden chest that is not designated for art supplies because that is her biggest hobby. She has a bin for sewing supplies. Everything else is in one box... still in a box. However, this was a huge improvement from the many boxes she had in her room. In fact, my husband even gathered up every scrap from around her room and put it into boxes I'd already emptied so I could go through it all.
I was still working on it when I had to leave to fetch her home from her sleepover. I had a box mostly empty, plus another box and a small box to go through. I had some stacks of things on the coffee table to finish putting in their places as well. So when we got home, I had her go in through a back door so she could go directly up to her room and see it before she saw the boxes. (She had a bag to take up anyway.)
I did tell her that I got all her boxes down to one box. She told me I was really good at that! She is pleased with her room. She is very pleased with the offer my husband made as a bonus if she can keep it clean for a week. (I wonder if she can do it without my hounding her. And whether I can make it a week without hounding her!) She is also very excited that now she can finally have friends over! for sleepovers even! She has said nothing about where things went to get so much stuff down to so little.
My husband even helped me go through her DVD books, alphabetize them, and get them back into their books. He was available to me all day for taking things up the stairs, bringing things down the stairs, taking donation bags to the truck, taking bags of laundry to the laundry room, and taking bags out to the garbage. He was an amazing helper and we have another project planned for today!
Where do you draw the line for doing this sort of task for your child as opposed to helping them do it or insisting they do it themselves?
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