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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.

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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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Cleaning Resources Round-up

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Cleaning Resources Round-up

Monday we talked about the cleaning games we play and Tuesday we talked about our Daily Cleaning Checklist. Today I am sharing some of my favorite cleaning resources around the Internet.

BUT FIRST. . .

First, I need to tell you a little story.  A story about being adaptable when you are faced with circumstances beyond your control . . .

The past two months have been a roller coaster ride of an adventure for us and our housecleaning. I wanted to have different posts ready for you about cleaning, but that was not be.

  1. our vacuum quit
  2. then our washer broke
  3. and then our kitchen sink nozzle fell off in my husband’s hand (on a Friday night)

the vacuum died

The Vacuum Died

When our vacuum quit we resorted to sweeping our carpets. It wasn’t really too bad because we don’t have a ton of carpet in our tiny place (it’s mostly ugly lino which we can’t replace because we rent). We adapted and we prayed that God would provide. I was actually glad that vacuum broke because of the nasty warnings it had in the manual  it about children under 12 not being allowed to use it (seriously). God did provide a vacuum from Jonah’s dad during their surprise visit.

broken washer

The Washer Broke

Then when our washer broke, my husband started washing all our clothes by hand in the backyard (I am glad it was summer time). With a family of seven you can’t just take a carload of laundry to the laundromat everyday (the cost would be crazy), not to mention the fact that we don’t have a car. He was able to keep up with the laundry by doing one load per day. We got a little behind when his family showed up from out of town, but his dad made up for it by buying us a new washing machine.

 broken sink

The Sink Nozzle Fell Off

So, that was quite a week we were having and then the sink nozzle fell off in my husband’s hand one night while he was washing dishes. Of course, it had to be a Friday night. We decided to rig up this contraption and make do until Monday. We called our landlord on Monday and told them our sink was broken. We didn’t hear back at all. So we called again on Tuesday and told them that the sink was broken and we were using our garden hose hooked up to the laundry sink in the basement to do dishes. Well, they called back within the hour and sent someone over fairly quickly. Let me also mention that this issue with the sink nozzle has been recorded on our annual walk throughs for a few years now and they haven’t done anything about it. Our new sink nozzle is wonderful, much better than no sink nozzle.

A Few Of My Favorite Blogs & Websites

A Slob Comes Clean

Mama's Laundry Talk

I dream of clean

Fly Lady

Some eBooks That You Will Love

31 Days To Clean

 

28 Days To Hope

Teaching Kids To Clean

My Pinterest Boards About Cleaning

  1. House Cleaning – General
  2. House Cleaning – Tips & Tricks
  3. House Cleaning – Recipes
  4. House Cleaning – Creative Chores
  5. House Cleaning – Laundry

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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. How to keep the house clean with kids – mums share secrets
  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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Do you have a favorite blog or eBook about cleaning?
Do you have a Pinterest board about cleaning or organizing?

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The Daily Cleaning Checklist

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Our Daily Cleaning Checklist

Yesterday we talked about the cleaning games we play and today I am talking about our Daily Cleaning Checklist.

For a very long time, I have wanted to make a Daily Cleaning Checklist to hang on the wall.  As always, we have so many things going on around here (Surprise PartiesDrop In Relatives from the USA, and Birthdays) that I have put it off. I told you that this series was to help me accomplish my goals as much as it was to provide you with useful information.

I was thinking about what I wanted to include on our Daily Cleaning Checklist and I knew that I wanted to keep it very simple. I wanted it to be a very basic list of the minimum things that needed to be done each day. Not because we are lazy, but because I really want us to work on focusing on the basics and not getting distracted (which is very easy for us to do around here).

I also knew that I wanted the Daily Cleaning Checklist to be very pretty, something that I would be proud to hang on my wall. I also wanted it to be something that would fit the colors that I ultimately want for my kitchen (and have wanted for some time now). You can see some of the things I would love for my kitchen on my Kitchen Dreams board on Pinterest.

I thought you all might like to have a chance to download my Daily Cleaning Checklist, so I made 3 versions.

Daily Cleaning Checklist

The first version is the one I am going to print and put up on my wall as soon as I get some more colored ink. The plan is to print it out, laminate it, hole punch it, and hang it with pretty red or blue ribbon. The reason that dishes and laundry are both listed 3 times is that we need the visual reminder to work on them again through out the day.

 Detailed Cleaning List Simple

The  second version that I made only has everything listed once in case you don’t need the extra reminders like I do.

 Daily Cleaning Checklist

The third version is completely blank. My thinking here is that you can print it out, laminate it, and then use a dry or wet erase marker to add things to it each day. Another idea would be to print it and put it in a picture frame (behind glass) and use a dry or wet erase market to add or remove things at will.

You can download all the versions of the download in one PDF and just print the one/s you need.

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I hope this Daily Cleaning Checklist will be helpful for you. I know that I am really excited about getting it up on my kitchen wall. It will be the place I send the kids when they complain of boredom.

The Rest Of This Week . . .

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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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