Why is it that kids and clutter seem to go hand in hand? Can you raise your child to be organized? Peter explores these topics and more with his sister Kay, the Simmons family of the MTV reality show Run's House and callers from around the country.
Despite being raised with six siblings in a in a three-bedroom home in rural Australia, Peter's sister Kay says life was very organized. "We are all neat people in terms of how we keep our homes and things, and I think that comes from Mom and Dad's influence," Kay tells Peter. Kay says she believes that being organized is a learned or inherited behavior.
Reverend Run and his wife Justine, of MTV's Run's House, also believe in teaching their large family of five kids to be neat and organized. Justine says her husband's love of structure, order and planning ahead helps them manage their home. "We want them to set their clothes out so in the morning they are not running around trying to figure out what to wear," she says. Teaching their kids to keep the house tidy and organized is something Justine says she is doing for her children's benefit as much as her own. "If you start early, you hope it stays so when they grow up they'll want their house to look [nice and neat]—so it won't be such a big transition," Justine says.
While Peter's sister Kay says organization is a learned or inherited behavior, Justine says she doesn't totally agree. "Things weren't always organized for me," she says. "I had to learn this. You are around so many people who have nice homes and nice things, their drawers are gorgeous when you open them—but guess what? You can have it, too! You just have to go that extra mile." Reverend Run says he agrees with his wife. "When you walk into a beautiful place, you get a great feeling," he says. "If you walk into a place that is cluttered, it makes you sad or uncomfortable."