Tired of coming home to a place that looks like a flophouse, I’m instituting a new system. I’ve swapped my insistent (but somewhat good-natured) nagging for a series of notes taped up around the house. Here is an example:
Put your coat on a hanger, and hang it up in the closet.
Note the specificity – if I just say “put your coat in the closet” there is a reasonable chance it will end up on the floor. Here is another example:
Rinse your dishes and put them in the dishwasher. Make sure the dishwasher is not full of clean dishes first!
A timely reminder, as I pulled a dirty plate and fork out of a clean load of dishes just today. It defeats the purpose of having a clean load of dishes, although it might help the kids avoid this instruction:
Empty the dishwasher before you turn on the XBox.
I know it doesn’t sound like these two things are related, but I assure you they are. Since the XBox seems always to be on when I return home, I know it is taking precedent over any number of tasks I would prefer. At least I have put them in a logical order.
When you are finished brushing your teeth:
- Pick up a cup and rinse the nasty, disgusting toothpaste out of the sink – all of it
- Hang up the towel (yes, you did use it last)
- Pick up any clothes belonging to you from the floor and deposit them in the hamper
- Turn off the light when you leave.
Suddenly my nagging doesn’t sound so good natured. It’s a good thing they can read.
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