How do you keep kids room clean?

Today I want to talk about bedrooms. In particular children’s bedrooms.

This was Horatio’s bedroom, pictured the day before he was born.

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It was pretty tidy, as could be expected, seeing that he did not exist. And even when he did, he managed to keep it tidy, as could be expected, seeing that he was immobile for 12 months.

It had carefully purchased farmyard animals on the wall and a couch that I think I spent more time on in that first year than anywhere else. It had cute striped curtains that my MIL made for me, and a little garland of flowers draped artfully over it. Horatio’s clothes were carefully laundered in sensitive laundry liquid and folded and stacked high in neat little piles. Because at the time, all these things seemed very, very important.

FAST FORWARD TEN YEARS…..

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I took this shot this morning, and all things considered, it is really quite tidy!

Stanley the Fighting Fish exists somewhere in there. Clothes are stored on the floor. The bed is never made. There are at least half a dozen cups in there. Homework is flung around with gay abandon. Seriously, abandoned. There is a slight smell of dirt mixed in with old socks and perhaps, just a sniff, of a forgotten sandwich somehwere.

Nothing unusual I suppose, but it is at this point that I require some guidance.

DO I JUST SHUT THE DOOR OR AM I SETTING MY SON UP FOR COMPLETE DOMESTIC FAILURE IF I NEGLECT THIS BASIC TRAINING EXERCISE?

I mean, it is not my room. Although apparently I am always welcome….

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I dream of the days of those duckies, which have been replaced with such buffoons as Ben Barba and Trent someone. Rugby League manly men with full sleeve tattoos and necks larger than their heads.

Friends of the Internets with growing up children, I ask you.

How do you manage the quagmire?