I have never been clean freak, but with five kids, 2 100 lb dogs, and a cat running around the house, it can get out of control really quickly if you let it. Here's how we teach personal responsibility in our house. When the kids do chores they get points. These points can be used to either earn a special treat, like a movie or a toy they have been wanting, or can be used in the monthly "auction" we have. Every night at 8 o'clock I go through the common areas of the house with a big basket. Any item left out, is put into the basket and each child has the opportunity to buy the item back with their points. Now, if they either don't have enough points, or another child decides to buy item, they are out of luck. If not bought, item goes back to basket. Items not auctioned off are given to a battered women and childrens shelter locally. We simply do not have clutter anymore, the kids are becoming very careful putting things away.
at 2:01 PM on Mar. 20, 2010