There is a concept called “The One Touch Rule,” if you haven’t heard of it, you can read my One Simple Rule to Living Life More Tidy post now.
Assuming you have read the article or already know what the concept is, we are going to get our children (young and old) on board with this wonderful notion. The whole idea is when you are going through the house at night, in the morning, or during the day, and you pick up something that is out of place, instead of moving it to another location that still isn’t the items home, you go ahead and put it back where it belongs right then.
With anything in life, children are sponges. They observe everything. And as scary as it is, we are their role models. I am a believer that it is in our actions, that create their actions. Children very seldom do/act the way we tell them. They act the way we show them. Truly this is with anything in life. If you want them responsible, be responsible. If you want them to keep their word, keep yours. If you want them to pick up after themselves, well then… pick up after yourself. Ouch! Does that hit home with anyone else? How can you expect your child to act a certain way, if you act differently? That is kind of the pot calling the kettle black, is it not? Children learn what they live.
When they see you applying the one touch rule to your life, they too, will start to mimic that behavior. Yes, it may take some encouraging at first, but they will get it. Be the grown up, lead by example. That is what we are called to do. We are suppose to teach our children the way they should go, I believe this pertains to many areas in their lives.
At first, you will have to ENCOURAGE OFTEN. You will have to REMIND FREQUENTLY. You may even have to SHOW THEM THE CONCEPT for them to get it. You might have to give step by step by step instructions on where to put the items. It will pay off. You will just have to stick with it. For example, we have a child who, for some reason, loves to leave her shoes all over the house. So for awhile when we would tell her to put her shoes away, she would pick up her shoes and throw them at the entrance to her room. It took me awhile to realize when I tell her to put her shoes away, I had to be very specific with her and tell her to put her shoes in her closet on the shelves they belong. Since being more specific she has gotten much better about keeping her shoes up.
I hope you implement the one touch rule in your home for yourself and your family. It is such an easy way to make your home feel more tidy and organized. It also helps not to feel so embarrassed when unexpected guests stop by. And once your children get use to the idea, hopefully, like everything else in life, it will become second nature to them.
Leave a comment below and let me know if the one touch rule is already something you implement in your home.