Friday, March 14, 2008


I have implemented a new program in the Carter House. It is called inspection. I wasn't sure if it would work or not but so far, it has been great.

I have two daughters that don't think twice about dropping anything and everything they have on the floor of their room. They have 200 million stuffed animals, they have 100 million books, and 50 million crayons. In a matter of minutes their room can be so cluttered with stuff that you can not even see the floor. Then, every Saturday we go through the process of yelling and screaming at them to clean up their rooms. It really never gets clean. SO, last Saturday I held to my guns and made sure that EVERYTHING was picked up off of the floor. I mean everything. Not one animal, not one shirt, not one sock. Then, I told the girls that I would inspect their room every day.

First day, I found a few things on the floor during inspection and I found their drawers open and shoes left out. I pointed them out and the girls put the stuff away. The room was clean. The next day, less items were on the floor. Each day there have been less and less stuff on the floor. Tomorrow is Saturday and I think they are starting to see with a "small" amount of effort all week they will have a clean room the next Saturday.

The girls like it so much, they find me when I get home from work and ask for an inspection of their room. I have started to have fun with it and I am now requiring them to salute. :-)

The next disaster area I am hoping to clean up with my inspection tactics will be unleashed on the boys. I'll let you know how it goes.


Tiffany said...

I totally love that idea. Especially the saluting part. You should get a badge too.

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Rachael said...

That sounds like a great idea. What happens if they don't pass inspection? Let me know how this goes. It sounds like a great idea.

Melinda said...

A badge and a HAT!!!! everyone respects a man in a HAT.

So it's working huh? I've just started the tactic of just taking the clothes and they can earn it back by making their bed or cleaning up something. It's not going terrible, but not GREAT either. Maybe I'll try "inspection" next.

I like your new pic on the header, you handsome man, you.

analee hirschi said...

I remember cosby doing this but he used a white glove inspection. good luck with the boys

Susan said...

Congratulations on a GREAT idea. Love all the hat, badge and saluting as well. The more fun it is, the more they will want to participate. You have attacked a GIANT you know. That is a never-ending job but the harder you work at it now the better the prospects for getting along with roommates and companions and having their own homes a place of "order". Keep it up!! MOM