Last week, I shared my thoughts about why the leaves, kitchen sink and living room floor matter. I was amazed at the feedback I received both on my blog, through private messages on facebook, as well as email.
I discovered I wasn’t alone in thinking that a clean home and training children to help with chores are two very important aspects of being a Mother.
Being a Wife and a Mother is a myriad of ongoing moments. Some filled with laughter and giggle – others with tears.
The laughter is sweet when it is flavored with the salty of tears most days. That is where we grow.
Through that discussion, many of you asked how I keep my house clean. So, I want to share how we have run our home.
Daily Habits for a Clean Home
When the kids were all little, we would spend a few minutes every hour (on the hour) cleaning up. We would sing the Tidy Up, Tidy Up song by Dr. Jean
Singing was (and is) a fun way to clean and it kept the house from being a complete disaster. It also helped the children find toys they had forgotten about from earlier in the day.
Until my children were 5, they would take naps in the afternoon. Before nap time, we would spend more time cleaning up – making sure all toys, clothes, etc were put away where they belong. During nap time, I would begin dinner (prep work). This helped me focus on them while they were up and finish up in the kitchen in a timely manner.
Now, the kids are older and they can help more. But, that still means shoes can pile up, clothes thrown down and books can be found everywhere.
However, we still use the: Tidy Up Rule. We tidy up throughout the day and each child has a daily chore. Every month one child is assigned to kitchen duty, while another is assigned to laundry duty. I switch them up each month and I identify the weakness we need to work on in each area. While these two jobs pertain to my older children, the little guy is responsible for helping them, taking out the trash and keeping the shoes picked up.
Weekly Habits for Deep Cleaning Your Home
Every week, we clean (or bless) our home on Fridays. Again, each child has an assignment. One child cleans the bathrooms, one vacuums (while I secretly dream of a Rotech Smart Robotic Vacuum Cleaner W/remote Control (4-in-1 Series) Vacuuming, Sweeping, Disinfecting, Mopping. Model Rv12, Silver)
and one dusts.
Overall, I have found it very helpful to train each child in one area for a few weeks. This gives them a good opportunity to really learn how to serve/clean in that area, creating good work habits and no opportunity to say “It wasn’t my fault/it isn’t fair.”
We begin each chore/cleaning time with prayer and we play music. If all chores are done well and with a good attitude, we may have a treat like ice cream or a soda.
Watch the Attitude, Mom
One thing I have noticed as a Mom – my attitude matters. If I am walking around and complaining about cleaning the house, my children do not see a cheerful servant. They see a grumpy Mom who is bothered by her children’s presence. I’ll be honest, I’ve fallen into this habit on more than one occasion and it quickly came back to bite me as my children did the same thing.
So, try to make it fun with something your family enjoys. Make up some cleaning games, set some goals, have an activity ready for afterwards.
Resources to Help With Chores
You can also read this book: When Mother Lets Us Help through your google reader – for FREE!
I’d love to hear – how are you keeping your home clean?
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