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Moms Talk: Should You Clean a Messy Room When No One's Listening?

Do you give in and clean your kids' rooms for them, or do you amp up the pressure on other family members?

This week, we're exploring how St. Louis parents can help improve kids' untidy spaces.

You like things neat and tidy. But your kids' rooms are a disaster. You can't even enter them, much less start cleaning. And your spouse isn't offering a great deal of support.

So onto this week's question: How do you proceed? Is it time to give in and start cleaning? Or should you amp up the pressure on other family members?

Martha Baur January 11, 2012 at 05:41 PM
I've been known to clean a messy room if we have guests coming over. Ultimately it's the child's responsibility to show respect for her things and keep her room clean and organized. I don't enforce this belief like I should. You just reminded me of that. I do believe there's a difference between a perfect room and a clean room. I encourage the latter.
Jayne Langsam January 12, 2012 at 04:01 AM
I am often tempted to clean the room because that is what I want. I do believe it is the child's responsibility to help. I have learned to let it go and pick my battles.

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