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Kids And House Cleaning

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Kids And House Cleaning

Monday we talked about the cleaning games we play and Tuesday we talked about our Daily Cleaning Checklist. Yesterday we talked about some of the mishaps we have had around here and a few of my favorite house cleaning resources. Today I am sharing some creative ideas for getting kids involved in cleaning the house.

Teaching Kids

One of our goals this year is to create a house cleaning binder and actually start teaching all the kids how to clean. I would love to be able to tell the kids to go clean something and have them know all the steps to be able to do it. They are not going to learn that unless we teach them. Why have we not done that before now, when our kids are 12, 11, 9, 4, and 4? There are many reasons why we have not done this training yet.

  • Elisha has autism and can be difficult to motivate.
  • I have been concerned about letting the younger kids move past Elisha and learn things that he can’t do.
  • The twins (enough said).
  • My health (it’s a long story).
  • Home Business and general busy-ness.
  • It was faster to do jobs ourselves.

As the kids are getting older and our family business is growing, we are realizing that we really need to train the kids to help more around the house. We need to make the time to train our kids to clean every area of the house so that we can have their help around the house. Taking the time to train the kids will actually give us more time for fun family activities in the long run. These are also life skills that all the kids can take with them to their own homes some day in the very distant future.

Building Cleaning Binders

My goal in building our cleaning binders is to go through each room in our house and  write down instructions. The instructions for each room will include some kind of cleaning chart and detailed cleaning instructions. What products do we need to clean each thing? How much do we use? Where do we find them? Where are the cleaning cloths?

I am looking forward to working on this project and I have already been doing research on Pinterest and the Internet in general. I have grand plans in my head (as always), but I am going to create a simple version to start with.

I am excited that I am excited to teach the kids how to work hard around here. This house won’t clean itself and the living room floor is not a garbage can or recycle bin, pick up after yourselves.  Now before you think we are slobs, let me tell you, there are seven of us in a small space and these little people can mess the place up faster than we can clean it (especially if they all work together). I just think that it is high time they learned how to clean as well as they have learned how to make messes.

So, children beware, you will be learning how to clean house this year. Please, no one tell them or there might be a mutiny.

The Rest Of This Week . . .

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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

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Making Cleaning Fun

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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

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

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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

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

Fighting Sickness – What do you do?

We all came down with coughs this week (and it is so not fun). Zion has had a cough off and on for quite a while now, then it passed to Hosanna. Now the rest of the family has the cough to varying degrees.

Daddy has been booted to Hosanna’s princess bed while I sleep with the twins in our bed – to tend to the coughing and requests for water and milk (we are trying to wean….).

We have upped our vitamins – chewable C, gummy D, and gummy multis.

We are eating more fruits and veggies (which isn’t hard with these kids).

Then today I sent the big kids on a mission to disinfect. Elisha did the bathroom, Malachi did all the light switches, and Moses did all the doorknobs.

It is time for a big deep clean, but I am trying to wait until we all feel a wee bit better (aka – being able to breathe without coughing).

The television has been on more than I would like and we have watched some educational videos (like the science experiment DVD’s and Mathtacular from Sonlight), but you do what you have to do (and you do your best not to feel guilty, right?).

Between you and me, I think the house is making us sick, but at this point we don’t have any other living options so we need to do the best we can to get through this.

If you think about it, could you say a little pray for us all to get feeling better. Thank you.

What do you do when you have a bad cough?

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