I had just put all the toys & materials in order in our little children’s toy and work area. A visitor commented that it looked “over-neat.” I think she feared that I didn’t allow the children to really play. But that’s not the case.
One important thing I’ve learned from Maria Montessori is that beauty and order provide the constructive blocks of a child’s mind. They need those elements in their life. And until they can themselves create that beauty and order –which can often take more years than over-worked parents & grandparents would want–we’ve got to do it. What’s best is for an adult to stay close by to help at the end of a project or play; but without that leisure, cleaning up is necessary.