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  1. LVG

    My kid is a slob

    Thanks to all of you for all of these great tips! First off to clear the air, I have never used the word slob in front of DD, and actually have never referred to her as that until I posted this...I was frustrated, as we had just had another major battle over her room, and it was just how I was feeling in the moment...that I have a slob of a kid. I’m not perfect, but I certainly am very mindful of what I say to my kids and about them. Thank you though for pointing out that using negative words like that is never good for anyone involved. Rest assure though that I’m not over here calling my kids names on the regular...just today😬 Yes, ADHD may be a’s something I’ve been concerned about and plan to bring up at her next appointment. She’s a very creative kid and likes to pull all of her toys out and create big scenes. I’ve always been very mindful of the fact that it’s frustrating to her to have to clean up all this stuff after she just got it all set up for her scene, so I try to give her grace in that, but it gets to a level of ridiculous amounts of things being out. She gets overwhelmed, I get overwhelmed, and it just creates a lot of frustration for both of us. I agree that we need to lower the amount of toys she has access to. We have done that in the past, and it really helped, but she would still complain and drag her feet about cleaning just those few toys. We do use open top bins to keep cleaning as easy as possible. I haven’t labeled them yet, but plan to do that this week. We went out and bought more bins to sort stuff in so it’s easier to find...hoping that helps with not needing to pull so much out to find that one item. We also plan to go back to having only one grouping of toys out at a time...barbies or babies, but not both. Thanks for helping to remind me to be patient with her. I try often to remind myself to do that, but I’m very organized and so are my other kids, so this is just one of those areas she and I struggle with. Hopefully after implementing some of these strategies I will be on the road to helping her not feel like cleaning is such a horrible thing!
  2. LVG

    My kid is a slob

    Thank you for all of these tips! These are some wonderful suggestions!
  3. I need help, helping my daughter. She's 8, and she's a slob. I have tried all the things, but nothing sticks. For one thing, she has too much stuff, and we know this is the main issue. We have done a toy rotation in the past, and that helps, but it still isn't getting at the root of the issue of not cleaning up after herself. Simple things, like after you pull all of the doll clothes out and find that one outfit, put the rest back, or put your clothes in the laundry basket instead of throwing them in your floor...etc. I do plan to do a major purge...again...but I want to help her develop good cleaning habits...especially since this is not something that comes natural for her. Any advice? Edit to add that right now all I feel like I do is nag, punish, etc to get her to do things. I'm just hoping for an easier, more simple solution if that exists!
  4. LVG

    Curtain Color?

    Thanks! Yes...lots of brown...we are planning to get new couches this fall in a lighter color. We are also getting a coffee table from my SIL that I’m painting, which will help lighten up that space too. I already have some mustard yellow accents, so that’s perfect! And the rug is a great idea too. I really sort of want to redo that table. I actually painted it like that from an ugly brown, but I wished I had chosen to do either white or another light color. Thanks for the tips!
  5. Trying to decide on what color of curtains I want to use. I have blue up now, but sort of feel like it’s a lot of colors going table, tan couch, gray couch (not pictured), blue lower cabinets (also not pictured). What color do you guys like better? I put one gray panel up to see, but just can’t decide.
  6. Thanks for the ideas! Still haven’t had a chance to get a close up. It was getting dark before we got them and I was rushing to get them planted. They are gigantic! I don’t even know if they will survive because she had them out of the ground for a couple of days, but I replanted them this evening, so maybe they will make it. They have not had any blooms according to her. She just bought this house and didn’t like them where they were and removed them, so she doesn’t really know anything about when or if they bloom. I don’t have an Android for that app, but how cool! Wonder if iPhone has anything like that!
  7. This is the best I have right now picture wise. When I pick them up later today I can get a more up close picture! I’m in NC.
  8. These bushes are free from someone. I’m going to get them and plant them tonight. Can someone tell me what it is? I was thinking a boxwood, but I’m not sure that’s what it is.
  9. Of course the $200 is assuming it’s an average 1700-2000 so feet.
  10. Thanks for the input! Yes, I do want the job. I take odd jobs like this often, but mostly babysit or sit with elderly people. Ive only cleaned one house for someone moving in, and she offered $80 and I took it, but at the end of the day I felt like that was way too low! I was thinking $200, so I wanted to see what others thought to see if that was reasonable. I plan to tell them that I may not be able to remove the smoke odor, but will try, so whatever they pay isn’t going to include removing it just in case I don’t have success! This gives me a good idea of what is fair, so thanks!
  11. A friend that’s a real estate agent asked me to give her a quote on cleaning a clients house that is prepping to be put on the market. I assume a deep cleaning (baseboards, wiping cabinets, etc). One thing she also mentioned is that these people smoke in one of the rooms and will need to have the walls cleaned. I live in NC. What do you feel is a reasonable price to charge? I’ve looked up numbers online, but still not sure what to really charge considering this is a side job, and I’m not a professional or licensed company. What would you charge?
  12. Thank you everyone for your responses! They have been super helpful! We have decided that it just wouldn't be the right thing to do for our family at this time. I really feel like I am called to be at home, and to homeschool, so I think I would just end up regretting it. The numbers look enticing, but at the end of the day it would be at the expense of our families mental and physical health. We will just keep trudging along on our debt free journey, and maybe something else that would allow me to stay home, and make a huge dent in our debt will come along. Until then, I just need to relax and be grateful for where we are financially, and not where I wished we were. Thanks again for your help!
  13. That is interesting. Looks like we are in the same state, so I will have to check into that for sure! Thanks!
  14. No, I wished! I meant consumer debt all credit cards, car loan, student loans, etc. I'm just hoping to have the mortgage paid by the time my husband retires.
  15. Thank you! This is very helpful!
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