Benjamin Franklin once said…
“An ounce of prevention saves a pound of cure.”

What super advice when it comes to Household Chores.

An ounce of prevention at our house:

 

Avoid Clutter~

  • Everything has a home and when done, put it back.
  • Toys belong to the kids, kids have rooms, toys stay in their room.
    (I do let them bring toys to living area but have to be playing with them and can only have one thing at a time… saves a lot of ‘cure’.
  • Tidying throughout the day reduces clutter at end of the day
  • Keep all surfaces clean and clutter free~  (sure makes cleaning a lot faster)
  • Touch things one time such as mail~ file or trash.
  • Dirty dishes go in the dishwasher, not the sink!.
  • Shoes~ we have a shoe shelf in the garage, and all shoes stay outside.
  • Keeping things picked up each day. Makes the cleaning time much quicker and more efficient which Works for US!!!
Procrastination is not helpful at all!

 

Create a Schedule: 2 Trains of Thought

Clean in Segments (a little each day) OR Clean All at Once: Either way, a schedule can help make this big job a little smoother.
Monday~ Declutter and Tidy from the Weekend
Tuesday~ Floor: Vacuum all floors
Wednesday~ Dust all Surfaces
Thursday~ Bathrooms
Friday~ Vacuum/Mop Floors if needed

OR
Saturday and Sunday~ Clean All @ Once if didn’t clean each day
I am not hard core either way because different weeks makes for different schedules.

Share the Work~

Teaching the littles how to help with the everyday chores is helpful and for the most part, they are happy to help.

The ownership in cleaning our living space helps them feel important.

  • Teaches them expectations.
  • Doing it right along side them.
  • Cleaning as they finish playing.
3 Zones:
  1. Floors: I usually vacuum and mop on Tuesdays for the big floor cleaning. We use a swiffer vacuum on our kitchen floor and hardwoods almost everyday. I have taught EK and SJ how to use the big vacuum, and they most always vacuum the upstairs for me. The boys and little girls take turns running the swiffer vacuum at night after dinner.
  2.  Bathrooms: I have a caddy that holds all my cleaning supplies and can be easily carried to each bathroom. The BEST cleaning tool I use is a fillable brush: half vinegar and half dawn dishwashing soap… just scrub and rinse. I also use straight vinegar on my shower doors and strips them clean.
    ***Best Shower Idea~ Spray it down and leave it until you are ready for a shower then clean while you are in there… couldn’t be easier!
    The littles are responsible for using a baby wipe to clean the sink when they brush their teeth and dry the counter after they wash their hands.
    {Baby wipes are your friend! I keep them in each bathroom for a quick clean such as toothpaste in the sink or yuck on rim of toilet}
    I also keep clorox wipes behind toilets for times when I need to sanitize.
  3. Surfaces~ Dusting and Declutering: Gonna be honest… I use a swiffer duster and hardly ever pull out the pledge. The littles love helping with this chore (everyone has their own wand). We sometimes put socks over both hands and wipe down furniture too. Keeping counters and sinks wiped down makes a huge difference for things being clean and only takes about a minute with a windex wipe. Beds are a surface as well and making them up each day makes for a WAY cleaner room (takes one minute)!

There are weeks when I am overwhelmed and I don’t get everything done. I’m okay with that!!!
Having the support of my family is huge.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention my awesome husband who pitches in with anything that needs to be done when I ask!
Couldn’t do life without you!!!

Other jobs my kids help with~
  • Loading and unloading the dishwasher
  • Emptying trashcans around the house
  • Making up their beds every morning
  • Keeping their things picked up and put away
  • Cleaning up after school and playtime

Work smarter, not harder!?

I hope something shared might make your Household Chore time run a little smoother and grace your home with less stress.

Pure Heart
PLEASE share what Works for You… I would LOVE to hear!!!