Tuesday, March 18, 2014

It's Clean-Up Time Again??

Chores are a hot button issue around my house.  I feel like it's a never ending battle with my sons to make them keepers of our home.  I hope that each of them grow up, find someone they love, if they so choose, and live happily ever after.  When that happens, however, I want them to know how to care for themselves.

How does a microwave work?

How do I wash my clothes?

What do I eat?

I do not want to pick up the phone and hear those questions on the other end of the line.  I'm expecting things like, "I blew up the burrito," and "I shrunk my sweater," because sometimes they half listen to what I'm saying.  Regardless, I want them to know how to take care of their homes.

I am also one person and have no desire to clean  up after five people.  Thankfully, I was blessed with a husband who picks up after himself regularly.  I rarely find his shoes in the living room or his man-purse (he's not going to like that I called it that!!) by the chair.  He reigns in his gear to select parts of the house and I am very happy with that.  Sadly, the messy of the two of us is me.  :(  Housekeeping is something I will NEVER perfect.

Anyway...in my pursuit of home tidiness, I am bringing my fellas along with me.  It helps that my Boy Scout has been saying "A Scout is clean" for the past several months as he learns the Scout Law.  We've been working on chore charts and areas of responsibility.

Here are some resources I've found recently:

Chores for Kids

From the above list, I made each of my sons their own chore chart.  I laminated it so we could mark on it with dry erase markers, wipe it off, and start over.  And also because I have a slight infatuation with my laminator, I have also laminated the next resource I've found.

Blitz Cleaning Cards

Click above find these great cleanup cards!

Motivated Moms

I've also been trying to stick with the Motivated Moms cleaning schedule.  You can get it as an ebook download or an app.  Because I'm nearly attached to my cell phone, it's definitely easier for me to use the app.  I like that everything is broken up into pieces for a few reasons--#1. I LOVE crossing stuff off a list.  It's a great thrill of mine!  #2. It keeps each chore manageable and easy to accomplish.  

Click above to head over to Motivated Moms.  

What do you use to stay on top of cleaning your home?  Is there something specific you do to keep the kids involved?

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