9 sponges in the shower:
We keep their towels hanging in their rooms. That alleviates the "she used my towel" argument.
Everyone has two personalized towels (thank you to my friends Lauren and Penney for those) that way we know whose towel is laying in a wet heap on the carpet. One hangs in their room to use, the other is in the closet. When we wash towels we hang the clean towel up in their room, so they always use the one hanging up. This greatly decreases the number of towels washed weekly.
This used to be our formal dining room. Now it is the mudroom/computer room/ homework room. We painted stripes, put up wooden boards, hung hooks and initials, and put some shoe totes down. Our hallway closet just wasn't cutting it. To the left you will see Mom's mailbox. That is where the kids put all papers that Mom needs to see or sign. (Yes it's overflowing right now). But it works.
This post is in answer to those of you who have asked me "so what seems to be working well for you?".
These last few FAQ posts, I fear, have given you a false impression of me and our home. I've received very nice compliments. Thank you for those. Being complimented is always nice. Alas, my conscience will not allow me to keep you in the dark to the 'real side'. Therefore my next post will be titled "What isn't working". I will post pictures.