|RE: mess in common house||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Rob Sandelin (robsanmicrosoft.com)|
|Date: Fri, 3 Jun 94 11:29 CDT|
Judy BAXTER asked: ---------- How do you deal with personal items (shoes, sweatshirts,...), toys, dirty dishes and cutlery, left around in the common space? In our experience, these sometimes, but not always, belong to kids. stuff belongs both to residents and non-residents. At Sharingwood we had a small problem with kids leaving trash in the commons. At the kids meeting the adult facilitator brought it up and the kids apparently solved the problem as I don't recall seeing any trash around for the last couple of months. ( I understand that our kids have also been policing the other kids from up the road to pick up their trash) One of the interesting things which defines our community to some degree is that our internal circulation road is covered with bikes, ridey toys, balls and other kids debris. (not to mention kids) When this was brought up at a meeting, it was decided that we like having our road cluttered with kids stuff, it helps slow the traffic down and makes a clear statement that this is a kid centric place. There is always enough space for a car to weave in and out of the stuff and it has deterred other traffic. Each night the older boys move stuff to the side of the road - they do this because one night a ridey toy got run over and broken in the dark which was a heart-wrenching experience for one of "the little kids". Stuff left in the commonhouse (or elsewhere) gets put into a "lost and found" sort of box and when that gets full it gets drug out into the middle of the circle during the general meeting and people can just claim stuff right then. Every once and awhile something shows up which no one claims. For example the nylon windbreaker I wore to work today was left last summer and never claimed. One of the things which gets left most often are dishes and potluck containers which all end up in the common kitchen. I just found a favorite cup there last night :) We are going to build "cubbies" this summer for everyone, so when people leave stuff it will get put into their cubby with a couple extra cubbies for lost and found.
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