When my daughter went away to camp recently, we gave her room an overdue remodel. Just to be sure this wasn't going to cause any bad feelings with my son, I asked him if he was wanting something changed in his room when he went off to camp a few weeks later. I was relieved when he indicated he didn't want a remodel or any major changes. What he did say gave me a chuckle though.
"No, Mom, I just want to you to clean it."
Yes, my son was requesting maid service. Now, his request wasn't completely off base. I do tend to purge the "stuff" in my kids' rooms when they are gone. By not witnessing the event, they don't know what to grumble about missing! (wink) In the process, their rooms usually do get cleaned as well, since you have to remove the piles to purge. I wasn't so sure about him coming to expect this service, though!
Rooms are one thing I'm a bit lax on. They have to live in there and they all come equipped with handy doors to block it out to others. However, when they start to emit an odorous funk or the floor is no longer visible, I do demand action. Let's just say, the room cleaning couldn't wait until camp. For the past few days, my son and I have been slowly organizing and purging "stuff" from his room.
Here are the end results. Look! We found the floor! I have permanent proof that a clean room is possible.
I wish I had taken a before shot, but am sort of glad I didn't at the same time. It was pretty awful.
We finished the task yesterday afternoon. The funniest part is when my son came to me this morning and said, "Mom, come look at my room! I've done stuff in there and everything...and it is still clean!" Yep, 15 hours of clean. I think it might be a record.