Last week, when something was spilled on the floor, I overheard Pia tell my husband that “it’s okay, mommy will clean it up”. It was at that point that I realized that things were very much not okay. It was time to commence upon the journey known as responsibility. Or I will find myself in 14-odd years being summoned to a dorm room to pick up a load of laundry. Enter the Clean Up chart. A chart with 5 to-do items in a plastic page protector. She can cross off items as she does them and then wipe the slate clean the next time she has to clean.
Her tasks? 1. Put clothes away. 2. Re-shelve books. 3. Make bed. 4. Put toys away. 5. Throw away trash.
Yesterday we did the tasks together so that I could show her how these things are done. The making of the bed is pretty easy as she never sleeps in her own bed. Re-shelving books is a tad more difficult as we have waaaaaaay too many books (though I view this as a good thing, even if it does mean overflowing bookcases). Putting toys away involves tossing toys into a bucket or her doll cradle. Relatively easy. Throwing away trash was entertaining as many things were viewed as trash just so that she wouldn’t have to put them away. I made a mental note to always check her wastebasket before emptying the contents. As for the putting away of the clothes, we attempted to make this a tad easier by putting labels on her drawers:
These labels clearly are not foolproof as they confused my husband, but they should help a bit in aiding Pia in at least putting away her shirts and pants. I will report back and let you know how operation self-sufficiency goes. There is much on the line.