Mouse and I spent Monday morning arranging her room, putting her toys away and sorting her clothes. The following are a few pictures I took after we were done that I plan to make into 'My Room is Tidy When It Looks Like This' cue cards:
I've yet to do the same with Emma, but then she's in school twice as long. As it stands, her room is tidy in the 'out of sight, out of mind' sense. Ask her to find something and I guarantee she'll draw a blank. Does it matter? Yes, and for a number of reasons:
- Possessions are a privilege: too many children in this world go without basic necessities.
- Predicability: next to food and shelter, knowing what's going to happen and what is expected are essential contributors to a child's psychological well-being.
- Planning: ordering their physical space can be a child's first lesson in planning. Where do you want to keep your dolls? Where do you like to play with them? By including kids in the process, they are more likely to maintain the results.
Interestingly enough, it's my own room and bathroom that will be the last to receive the Mighty touch. The kitchen was the first. Read into that as you wish.