14 Nov Managing Our Home
You can imagine that with three kids under 6 years of age and four dogs, our home is very, very busy. And can easily become super messy in no time flat. Anyone else experience this?! When you have an active family with lots of living creatures under one roof, it can get messy.
Here is the deal: I have to work really, really hard at keeping my home clean and organized. It does not come naturally, although it is a priority for me and my family. So, we work at it. Some days, I feel like I’m failing (how is that for real talk?), but I don’t stop trying to be better than the day before.
“We can have little messes, or we can have big messes.”
It’s hard for my kiddos to understand that cleaning the house is inevitable. We have to do it. So we can either wait until the house is a disaster and have an epic mess to clean up that makes us crazy. Or, we can maintain our home and deal with the little messes. The choice between a big mess and small mess has helped my kids a lot to understand that we not only control the size of a mess, we are responsible to clean it up.
I follow Elsie at Farmhouse Schoolhouse. She wrote an instagram post several months ago, about how she teaches her children that doing chores is a way to bless their family. That really stuck with me. I love that so much, I started to implement that into our own family. Reminding my kids that when they help and do their chores, they are blessing our family changes our entire perspectives and attitudes. (Yes, I say “our”, because that includes me as well.)
Here are a list of chores my kids know how to do and can do any given moment:
– Unload the dishwasher
– Help clean the kitchen (putting food ingredients away, putting the dishes away, wiping dow the table, etc)
– Wipe Down Bathrooms
– Clean their rooms
– Put laundry in the washer
– Clean the living room and/or playroom
– Put their dishes in the sink or on the counter after their meal
– Make their beds (this includes taking the sheets off their beds to be washed)
– Make sure their dirty laundry is in the laundry baskets
– Put their clean clothes away
This list takes time to teach. I start teaching them how help around 18months – 2 years of age. I expect this list to continue to grow as they get older, but it has been a tremendous help to me (and great life skill development for them) to have such incredible helpers from an early age..
The other day, I noticed our entire family jumped in to do a quick tidy up around the house and it only took 20-30 minutes to do the entire house! This family involvement has been so helpful and encouraging!
I use the Clean Mama system for running my home. I finally realized that I do not need to create a system on my own. I need to adopt someone else’s system and do that fully and perfectly. I like how Clean Mama breaks down house cleaning for each day. There is a monthly calendar you can print off, and she also posts daily reminders on Instagram (so if you turn on notifications for her posts, you never miss a reminder!).
I would love to know what chores your kids do and what system (your own or another person’s!) you use to keep your home running smoothly! Share below!
*This is NOT an affiliated post AT ALL. This is just one mom to another, sharing what works for me.*