A Sad, Anal Day

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It’s a sad day at our house. We are running out of book space, I am slowly aquiring more chapter books and quickly running out of room for the more baby books, so today I took the plunge. The board books are headed to the garage. I was sad as I packed them up, they’re all so sweet… and I don’t want them to feel bad. :) Of course, Sandra Boynton and a few treasured ones are staying…
And that brings me to the anal part. I have now organized our books according to picture books, informational, easy reader and chapter books. I’m going to type up labels as soon asn I’m done here and then I think all I can do is pray. I left a little sorting area where Spencer can put books that he’s done with (since he doesn’t really have a clue as to if something’s informational, etc… but I’m hoping Conner can police the area appropriately.
Which, brings me to my last question. What kind of jobs do you have your kids do around the house? So far Conner vacuums his room, puts away his clean clothes, uses our little electronic sweeper in the kitchen, cleans the bathroom counter and sorts his laundry. Spencer also sorts laundry, he cleans behind the toilet, gets the towels and the rugs on the days I wash them, but I’m looking to add a few more responsibilities for each of them during the school year.
What do you guys do?

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  1. says

    Smart with the books.
    We are running out of space, too, but I was thinking I couldn’t put away the board books since Sophie is just starting to enjoy them.

    I might weed some of the more broken ones out, but it doesn’t help much. What I’m thinking is I’m going to have to buy a bigger shelf. Sigh.

    As for jobs, my kids do stuff like set the table, load the dishwasher, clean their room, B cleans the bathroom (toilet and sink and counter for now), they both put away their clean clothes and help straighten/tidy the living room at the end of the night.

  2. says

    I still have some of the books I used to read to my kids when they were little. I couldn’t give them away, they make me smile and remind me of happy times. I know I’ll get to read bedtime stories again one day, so I’m prepared. As far as chores go, setting the table was an easy one for them to handle, making beds, they liked helping with dishes too, of course this attitude changed later on and specific dish days had to be assigned, oh and feeding the pets.

  3. says

    Okay, my kids are not doing NEAR enough. For some reason I think they are still too little to have chores..but, hello! if Conner and Spencer can get those things done….my kids are certainly capable (of course, maybe you just have super-kids). Thanks for inspiring me to put my kids to work! Where have I been?

    Oh and I love Sandra Boynton too…I think we have them all now.

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