Making Cleaning Fun

5 Days

Cleaning Your House

This week on Sunflower Schoolhouse we are talking about Cleaning Your House. I didn’t choose this topic because I am perfect, but because I love it when my blogging helps me to accomplish my goals in real life. With a new school year upon us, we need to get some cleaning routines in place AGAIN.

Small Space, Big Mess

We have 7 people (2 adults and 5 kids) in a 4 bedroom townhouse. The main living  area of the house is fairly small even though we have a decent number of bedrooms. We have one room that is roughly 20′ x 12′ that functions as our living room, dining room, school room, office, family room, etc. You get the point. We live in that room. It is the most used and most consistently messy room in the house.

Small People, Big Mess

I am amazed at how much mess 5 little people can make. We are constantly cleaning and picking up after these little people who think the floor is a dropping ground for EVERYTHING. We have been working on this issue for a long time and the only thing that seems to work consistently is reminding them (which feels like nagging).

Making Cleaning Fun

the chore game

Since I don’t like being a nag all the time, I was determined to make cleaning a little more interesting by adding an element of fun (at least sometimes). I have come up with a few games to use when we really need to get the work done, but kids are less than inspired to work just for the sake of working.

My first cleaning game pack was made way back in 2009 – The Cleaning Game  The Cleaning Game (27 downloads)

My second chore game pack (the one in the picture) was made earlier this year – The Chore Game  The Chore Game (33 downloads)

Visit A Few Of My Blogging Friends

I am also excited to be participating in with Sidetracked Sarah and another group of 22 wonderful bloggers to bring you this series on Organizing and Cleaning. This week we are talking about all things Organizing and Cleaning:

  1. 5 Days of Organizing Kids Toys Into Centers
  2. 5 Days of Organizing Your Computer
  3. 5 Days of Organizing & Cleaning Your Kitchen
  4. 5 Days of Cleaning Your Mind & Body
  5. 5 Days of Meal Planning & Menu Organization
  6. 5 Days of Organizing Your Home to Promote Literacy
  7. 5 Days of Organizing on the Cheap
  8. 5 Days Of Organizing Homeschool Supplies
  9. 5 Days of Cleaning Up Your Cleaning Supplies: Going Natural
  10. 5 Days of Organizing Kids Clothes
  11. 5 Days of Organizing Your Fitness Routine
  12. 5 Days of Organizing Your Kitchen Tools
  13. 5 Days of Organizing Your Hospitality
  14. 5 Simple Tips for an Organized Life
  15. 5 Days of Favorite Cleaning Tools
  16. 5 Days of Organizing Your Bathroom
  17. 5 Days of Organizing for Classical Education
  18. 5 Days of Organizing When You Don’t Feel Like It
  19. 5 Days of Organizing Your Grocery Budget
  20. 5 Days of Organizing for Back to School
  21. 5 Days of Organizing Your Linen Closet
  22. AND ME 5 Days of Cleaning Your House


5 Days Of Organizing And Cleaning

Don’t forget to leave a comment here before you go.

How do you motivate your littles to clean?
Do you try to make cleaning fun?


Malachi is 9!

My son is 9!

He is an incredible kid.

He is full of action.

He likes almost any type of super hero.

He is the kid most likely to join the Military when he gets older.

With his imaginative mind and sweet smile he charms almost anyone.

This year was special, he was able to see his Grandma(my mom).

Without further ado here is a video for his birthday.

God Bless.

Jonah Brown

A Playground, A Huge Field, and Shish Kabobs

Off to Topaz Park we go . . .

We took our crew (9 children between the families) to Topaz Park to let them burn off some energy and have some fun.

Topaz Park

The little kids (and big kids) played at the playground.  

Topaz Park

New friendships were formed.

Topaz Park

The kids entertained themselves by rolling across a huge field. Elisha did the inch worm across the field.

Topaz Park

Some of us lounged on the grass, while the boys learned how to hit baseballs. We chatted. We laughed. We took pictures. We watched the baby.

Topaz Park

Then we came home and had shish kabobs, which consisted of chicken and veggies on a stick. It was yummy and enjoyed by all the Brown* people.

* Brown People – this is a running joke because our last name is Brown.

Another HUGE Surprise

Our 13th Anniversary was the 7th of August and we booked the entire day off from our Graphic Design Clients with the intention of spending a quiet day together as a family.

going for a walk

We got the kids ready to go on a walk. The kids saw a tiny little field mouse in the backyard.

The day started with a peaceful stroll to the Community Centre to meet my dad, pick up some free bread and enjoy the fresh air. Then Grandma dropped by, while we were visiting Grandpa, and brought some yummy cheeseburgers with her.

The kids had fun watching the ants and honeybees, while Jonah had fun taking macro pictures of all the insects and  flowers along our mini excursion.

nature macro

On the  way home the big boys took a jog around the field and we all arrived home thirsty and tired.

A short while later there was a knock on the door. It was the UPS man, dropping off a book that I had ordered from Barnes and Noble (not an affiliate link, but you really should get the book).

The kids were all getting settled and Jonah and I were gearing up for a peaceful afternoon when there was another knock at the door. Jonah went to answer the door. I thought maybe the UPS man had forgotten a package.

Jonah never came back.

The kids all went to the door and came back to me looking stunned, but they never told me who was there or what was going on. Curiosity got the better of me and I went to the door to see who was there. When I got to the door I was in shock (good shock). Jonah’s family had driven up from Oregon to surprise us.

We have not seen them in 7 years. They are here for a week.

After visiting and getting reacquainted for the afternoon, they went on their way to set up their campground. I set about to clear our schedule of clients for 5 days. (Thankfully we are blessed with very understanding clients who were willing to relocate their appointments.)

The plan was to meet again and go out as a group for dinner. I didn’t tell anyone, but secretly I had been wanting to go out to dinner for our anniversary. We headed out to Montana’s again, but they were full and directed us over to Kelsey’s.


It seems to me that we have two sneaky grandmas in the family.

It was a long day and a huge surprise.

Dad’s Surprise Birthday Party

For as long as I can remember my dad has been organizing a community dinner to feed the poor and needy. I found a scripture, completely by accident, this weekend that fit him perfectly and created a plaque to give him for his birthday.  (You can click on the image to purchase it at my Etsy Store).

Open Your Hand

My Dad turns 65 next week and my mom thought that it would be a wonderful idea to throw him a surprise party and invite all his friends. She did an amazing job organizing the party and inviting everyone (over 30 people). We all managed to keep from spilling the beans, even my kids. I am amazed that he didn’t somehow figure it out.

We enjoyed an amazing evening at Montana’s with all our family and friends and my kids were so well behaved. I was very impressed. With the exception of a spilled pop and some mini ice cream cones on the floor there were no major incidents.

My parents are kind of old fashioned and don’t like their pictures on the Internet, but I still wanted to share our adventures, so I am showing you the pictures of our family and my kids that I can.




When was the last time you got totally surprised?