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5 Finger Bedroom Clean-up

bedroom clean up

I don’t know about you, but I am always trying to make things easier for myself and my kids. Don’t get me wrong, I am NOT against hard work. I just prefer productivity over busy work.

My big boys often complain that their rooms are too hard to clean. I also have one that asks me to break every job down into smaller bits. I have drawn this hand so many times on paper that I thought it was high time to make an official printable (for them and you).

Cleaning bedrooms is easier when you break the job down into smaller pieces. Most jobs are easier when you do that. For us, the bedroom clean up is usually the same.

If we start with the beds that gets any blankets off the floor. The laundry is (or can be) the next largest culprit. After the laundry comes books. If your kids are anything like mine, they love to read or look at books. When those three tasks are finished we are often left with tiny toys and paper trash. You can’t see the toys or the trash if they are covered by blankets, dirty clothes, and books.

I have included the chart as a pdf printable in the hopes that it might help you and your family. If you put it in a plastic sleeve then you or your child can use a dry erase marker to check off the tasks as they are completed.

Free Download from our store: 5 Finger Clean Up

How do your kids clean their rooms?

10 Ways To Encourage Your Children

I was writing in my journal recently and pondering different ways to encourage my children. I came up with the following things to really focus on in our own family.

1. Praise them often.

Praise your children every chance that you get. It is so easy to find negative things to say, but even if you are having a bad day, you can turn things around by starting to look for the positive things (no matter how small).

Please take a moment to read the rest of my post, 10 Ways To Encourage Your Children, over at the Homeschool Classroom.

Cardboard Houses

I remember making forts out of blankets and chairs in the dining room when I was growing up. They were loads of fun and created a wee bit of mess. All of my kids enjoy creating forts in our living room (which is also our dining room). They enjoy crawling in and out of the fort and I love the squealing and laughing and giggling when they are playing.

I shared about the heat pump installation already. Here is one of the fun benefits the kids enjoyed. This picture is of one of the houses without the roof. The twins especially loved being able to fit in and out of the door, as it was just their height.

Did you ever make a cardboard house when you were a kid?

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