What does your week look like as far as housework goes? Do you have a schedule or just go with the flow? How about kids and chores?
I've got 4 kids (the oldest just turned 6 and the youngest is 1). I'm pretty anal about housework so I have lists/schedules for housework, meals, etc. It keeps me sane... and I like scratching things off my lists
I've got my daily chores - dishes, sweeping, keeping up on laundry...
My weekly things - vacuuming, dusting, mopping, bathrooms, windows...
And "other" - sheets, fridge, washing the van...
I feel like I'm pretty busy as is (I also work part time) and am wondering if there is a better way. We are moving to acreage and soon will have "gather eggs", "feed chickens", "mow enormous lawn", look after a garden, among other things to add to my lists. To be perfectly honest, I'm not sure how I'll do it... short of adding more hours to the day
My kids do have chores (keep bedroom and playroom clean, make their own beds, and other odd little jobs) but they really aren't old enough to do much yet.
Any suggestions would be appreciated!
How do you all manage???
Remember, I'm a Nana...
SOOO, I have 2 ladies who come clean for 2 hours every second week. This works so well for me because I need to prepare a bit before they arrive and this motivates me! Basically in summer I am outdoors gardening on our 10 acres. Every day. The kids no longer live at home.
Now our neighbours really farm. Their 4 children have always had serious chores. They have egg collection to deal with, barn stalls to clean, feeding of animals, mowing of lawns...all that plus their beds to make etc. They have church activities as well. The oldest son, now 26, is in charge of the farm as well as working part time as a mechanic. And so he plants, sprays and harvests. I'm not sure who is in charge of the farm finances. The parents both work outside the home. Gone are the days of only farming for a living. They also assist neighbours with their farms of course. It's all about being helpful to everyone.
Leo (3 1/2) with Malcolm the cat
I'm not as organized as I'd like to be with cleaning but I do manage to keep everything done. I always want to do certain things on the same day every week...like washing sheets or mopping or cleaning the tub...but so far I just do it when I get time. Which is pretty much how everything is, I find that throughout the day I do things here and there and it stays clean. The kids so far still don't do much. They are in charge of their room, the basement (which is pretty much just their playroom), making their beds and putting away their laundry. Sometimes they'll help me switch a load from the washer to the dryer. I always mean to let them help more, my older two are always asking to help but it's just faster to do it quick
I will say that every once in a while I do FlyLady and I do love her 'system'. I definitely still use some of her 'techniques', like wiping down the bathroom each morning (counter, mirror and toilet) and swishing the toilet real quick. Really cuts down on bathroom cleaning time since now when I do clean the bathroom all I really have is the tub and floors and doing those things every day takes maybe 5 minutes and I try to do at least one load of laundry a day, which helps me stay kept up.
DD1- July 2004
DD2- April 2006
DS1- December 2009
DS2- August 2011
I don't have a schedule, but I need one, especially when I start staying home to cyber school the kids. The two oldest boys have the chores of cleaning the bathroom (deep cleaning once a week and touch up as needed), scooping out the cat litter each night, and feeding the cat. The little ones like to help with sweeping, wiping down the table, etc. All 5 help set the table, and all 5 are expected to put their dishes in the sink after each meal. When the floor gets cluttered, all 5 are to help clean up, and same with the yard.
Deb ................. DH Norm
DS Caleb, 13 ...... DS Patrick, 12
DS Isaiah, 8 ......... DS Thomas, 7
DD Cherish, 6....... DD Emily, 7\18\13 ....... Ripple, 17
William, 14 weeks, 4/11/12
We used to have a weekly cleaning morning – Saturday morning… It hasn’t happened with our busy schedules that I can remember.
Basically, each room is assigned to someone. The basement (playroom) is assigned to DS. His bedroom and bathroom (he moved downstairs) is also his to clean and vacuum. I have the upstairs bathroom and on-suite. DH and I have the kitchen, Dining Room, and Living Room. DH has the garage (which he spent the past 2 days deep cleaning and organising). I have the sunroom (all my sewing stuff is there right now).
DH and DSS are supposed to wash the cars. They haven’t been washed in ages.
Dh and I make the meals (DH lately since he’s on parental leave, it mostly me when I was on maternity leave), and I try to clean up, but am usually nursing Leo to bed and mostly fall asleep myself, so he does a lot of it and I finish up when I get up in the morning. DH does the vacuuming because he always re-does it if I do it… I clean out the fish tank. I also take charge of getting everyone out of the house for a walk/go to the playground/get some exercise after dinner.
DSS is supposed to set the table, clear the table, wipe down the table, and load the dishwasher. Ivy (2yo) helps him – and does about half! He’s also supposed to take the garbage out, and keep the front hall clean and organized (put shoes away, hats and gloves, hang up jackets). He’s 12yo. He’s also supposed to help make 1 meal each week.
I think that’s the idea.
It works… sortof. We should be much better.
Skyler Dylan 22 April 1999
Reed Aslan 17 June 2007 ~ 8 September 2008
Ivy Rayne 3 May 2009
Leo Spencer 2 Sept 2010
Forrest Reed 15 Aug 2012
We implemented chores for our kids this year. With the twins it was just too much for me, and our house was getting disgusting. Anyhow, they have one chore a day, I give them a choice btw a few things, typical things are: livingroom (2 chores, since its big L shaped great room/kitchen), kitchen floor (pick up & sweep), counters & stove, bathroom (2 jobs since it includes sweeping & mopping, toilet, sink, and mirror), unload & load dishwasher, hallway, stairs/halfwall, or different sections of our unfinished basement.
One day a week (wednesday) is room cleaning day. My kids are kind of slobs (like their mom ) and their room is typically disgusting. Wed is not a fun day at our house, they typically spend hours in there doing nothing and often do not finish. I have tried bribery, punishments, removing most of their stuff, yeah, nothing seems to work. But I remember doing the exact same thing as a kid. So sad!
We have had chore battles as well, since we didn't have them doing much before this year. My 8yr old dd gets it and just gets it done. My 6yr old ds, not so much. We keep changing things up, and the newest is that they have 1 hr to get their chore done, if they do not get it done, no allowance (.25 a day, and can earn extra for doing extra chores), and they also have to nap when the babies do (only works when kids are out of school, but when school is in they have to go to bed early). That seems to be working so far. My son has not got his chores done on time this week, but pretty close. He LOATHES taking a nap, so its a good punishment. I have tried removing priveleges in the past, no computer, ds, wii, playdates, and we did that for a month and he still didn't get them done. It is exhausting and exasperating.
I wish I had the time to go along beside them and motivate them, but with two toddlers, that is near impossible. I have a hard enough time just keeping up on what I need to. Unfortunately I am disorganized and always tired (babes are finally starting to sleep through the night in the last few weeks, knock on wood!).
I have a schedule taped on the inside of one of my cupboards, which days to to get which things done, afternoon, morning, and evening as well, and once a year I so I do really well at it for a month or so. lol.
Rachel, momma to 4
dd 9, ds 7, twin boys Dec 09
I nursed my twins for 2years and 2 weeks! A little sad to be all done now.
My kids are hard to motivate too Rachel, we do no outside time until your room is clean each morning. That way it stays fairly clean because it never gets more than a day to get messy.
DD1- July 2004
DD2- April 2006
DS1- December 2009
DS2- August 2011
So my 2 older kids have a chore chart--I started it about 3 years ago, before dd could read, and should add ds2 now that he is almost 3. It is easy to add kids onto. Basically it is a small teacher's pocket chart with picture/name cards. It is probably easiest to show a picture.
Basically each kid has a row and they do those jobs every day--easy things likes make bed and pick up room mostly. Some are mostly reminders like brush teeth since we would forget morning toothbrushing often. Two of their cards rotate back and forth so they do those every other day--if you unload the utensils and feed the bunny one day, the next day you clean the entry way (shoes, coats, backpacks all put away) and set the table the next. And even in the summer, they have "homework". some practice page in a workbook, write a letter, etc, and at least 20 minutes of reading--which is never a problem. sometimes it is hard to get them OUT of the books
A smiley card covers each finished job so they remember what they did and I can see what is done at a glance. If you don't have all smileys, you can't play outside, watch tv, etc. We just got a kitten so we need to add some kitty chores too Perfect time to add Weston in the loop. Sometimes I'll give the kids a "free smiley" and they can use it to eliminate a job that day. It has been working out well for us. Now that is is summer, I've said they all get one extra job that I'll see what needs done that day. Today they got 20 minutes of weeding.
Oh, and the monday-saturday signs all have cards behind them with "extra jobs" on them, washing sliding doors, mirrors, sweeping, vacuuming, wiping down bathrooms etc, that can be done and if you do one, you put it behind your name and "payday comes every Saturday--you get paid for all the cards that are behind your name. Mostly 10-50 cent jobs depending on the difficulty of the job. 10 for washing a mirror (plus its fun to spray!) and 20 for taking out the bathroom garbages and 50 for wiping down the bathroom. Things like that. They don't always choose to do extra things, but if they do, they get money. And when we go to the store--if they ask for something, I ask them how much money they have
Rachel--my kids are hard to motivate sometimes too. I swear, this morning dd had the EASIEST mess in her room to clean and she was so upset by it. Literally, ONE small basket of plastic "cutable" food was dumped out, about 5 books (she loves to read) were off the shelf, 2 dress up outfits, and a change of clothes. It took her AN HOUR! She just had it cleaned yesterday since I make them clean their rooms every day (mostly). Once she finally got going on it, it took about 5 minutes Ds didn't complain, but he got interested in a book he picked up and read the whole thing before he would finish his room.
Holly! I love that! Where did you find those cards? I've never seen anything like that (or did you make them?) That is exactly the sort of system I want to start for the kids. What a great idea