“Messy Melinda was feeling real sad,
Her mom was unhappy; her room looked so bad.
There were toys on the table, the bureau the floor.
There were mountains of animals, clothing and more…”
So begins the story of Messy Melinda, a story that was inspired by my own daughter after constant begging – BESEECHING – her to tidy her room.
“Kids’-messy-room-syndrome” has always been the number one complaint I hear from mothers. I wrote this book for them, to open a dialogue and show kids that:
- Staying organized doesn't have to be a chore or a punishment, and it doesn't have to be unpleasant.
- Tidying up isn't nearly as hard as it sounds.
- There are actual benefits to cleaning up.
- Small, simple steps make a very big difference.
When these points are illustrated in the context of a fun, silly story, that changes how the child perceives them. Hopefully it will even INSPIRE them to clean their room!
Spoiler Alert: The book has a happy and uplifting ending. Melinda is able to find the toys and things she truly values. Her room looks beautiful, and her mom is very proud of her.