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Last fall, we decided to ditch the bi-weekly cleaning person - it was an easy cost to cut , and with both of the boys finally in school all day (kindergarten is less than a 1/2 day in our 'burb!) I would have plenty of time for more chores (yea! BOO!). And, as I wrote in a post last month, the boys had been lobbying for bigger allowances, and the way I see it "you want more bucks you gotta put in a more effort".
So how does a house cleaning hater manage to keep a semi-clean household? How do I divvy up chores so they all get done fairly well? And how do I make it not too much of a drag for everyone?
Turns out in Weeksworld teamwork and a bit of competition are just the ticket.
Our first experiment with using a morning checklist last January, was a big success.
The boys loved knowing what they needed to do next, and, much like their mom, they get real satisfaction checking things off a list. But I didn't have time during the race from Thanksgiving to New Year's to sit down & put together some kind of household chores master list. And I'm a lazy housewife, not everything gets cleaned every week around Weeksworld. You've gotta be dirty to warrant my ADD-addled attention and limited time. Making one giant list seemed like overkill.
At first I simply jotted down on the refrigerator dry erase board which chores need to get done, then one afternoon each week, instead of a play date, the boys and I would work as a team to get them all done.
Alas, a few weeks of missed play dates quickly undermined this approach. They used my aversion to whining against me, and soon toilet bowls had rings and the dust bunnies were planning late-night parties.
Christmas was less than a week away, Mom was beginning to hyperventilate over all the holiday-related stuff still needing to be done, and the house was in dire need of a Mother-in-law visit, stem to stern cleaning. The Friday before Christmas I grabbed my trusty clipboard, walked room to room, and made a lengthy list of every chore that needed to be done.
Saturday morning, while the unsuspecting gobbled up pancakes, I whipped out my list and announced we were going to have a house cleaning contest. The boys got to pick who was on their team - Jackson picked me, and Brody chose Daddy. Then we reviewed the list and each team captain chose their chores from the Master List. While they cleared the table, I quickly wrote up two separate lists.
Let the cleaning games begin!
What would have taken me most of the day to get done by myself took a measly 90 minutes, and there was even some laughter, technique critiquing and cleaning trash talking along the way. Who knew cleaning a house could almost be fun!
I've been spot cleaning since the holidays, too distracted by de-Christmasing chores, and once again the house needs a thorough cleaning.
Never fear, the list is here! And I'm almost looking forward to cleaning day this weekend.
I'm also looking forward to trying out Mr. Clean's newest product - Liquid Muscle - a super-concentrated, multipurpose cleaner.
This afternoon I tried Liquid Muscle straight on my overworked and grimy (and, quite honestly, almost slimy) stovetop. Voila! What other cleansers had failed to do, Mr. Clean achieved in one tiny squirt - a squeaky clean and shiny stovetop. And a squirt bottle of diluted Liquid Muscle should keep my stovetop looking just a sparkly as it does today.
|Stovetop before & after.|
I'm really excited to bust out the trusty ol' string mop this weekend and have my guys and Mr. Clean tackle the three biggest cleaning challenges in my house - the hardwood floor splatter zone below my stove and our bathroom floors ('cause if you have boys, you know how disgusting those bathroom floors can get!). I love my steam mop, but it just doesn't cut it when tackling bacon grease and little boy pee.
Now that you know what I'll be up to one day this weekend, what's on your family's agenda? Will you be keeping it clean?
What are you tricks and techniques for keeping your house ship shape (or at least habitable)?
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