It would be far easier to start from square one when it comes to “training” children to be effectively neat and organized. When you’re already at square 2,841, however, that task is far more difficult.
I am definitely not without faults of my own, but I know how much I can let go before it becomes overwhelming. I’ve certainly crossed that line in many areas, too! When it comes to general day-to-day tasks, I know that it’s better in the long run to clean as I go. Why is it so hard to get the kids to see that as well? Moreover, why does it bother me so much more when they do it than when I do it myself?
The world is becoming increasingly faster paced. How are they going to keep up when they are adults if they don’t learn prevention now?
When I see something someone has left lying around or strewn about, I have them immediately stop whatever it is they have gone on to do and come clean up the mess. Of course, this makes me the unceasing nag, but short of never having a moment to myself for constantly picking up after everyone else, I see no alternative.