This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Lysol. The opinions and text are all mine.
I love a clean home. Don’t you? For years I did everything. Well, the children did pick up their own rooms, but other than that I did all the work. With one and two children it was manageable. With three and then four and adding homeschooling, not so much. I knew my children were old enough to be doing more, but I was just so used to doing things myself. I realized finally, that not only did I need the help, but they needed the training and discipline as well.
Then I struggled with how. Charts, bless them, do not work for me. I hate charts. First of all, I hate to make charts, and then I NEVER remember to use them. I’m just not charty I guess. Now if charts work well for you then don’t let me discourage you, but I’m glad that we don’t all have to do things the same way.
I took a summer and my goal was to establish a routine with the children to get them helping. First, I decided on a time that I could be consistent. We take a daily two hour quiet time. After that time they have always been required to clean up their rooms before they come out. So our family cleaning time began right after quiet time when their rooms are clean.
I tried the kids on the various jobs I wanted done. After about a month, I realized their strengths. While one did a really great job clearing off the table and sweeping, another child did great work in the kitchen. Instead of having rotating jobs, at the end of that month, I assigned each child specific chores that they excelled at. So each day after quiet time Joy knows that she needs to go empty the dish washer and wash the dishes. Faith takes on the tables and floors. Grace’s job is to pick up anything out of place upstairs.
When they finish their first job then each one cleans a bathroom. We have (horrors) four bathrooms in this house! The three girls are each responsible for one. They declutter the bathroom, and then wipe down the sink, potty, and floor every day. By the end of that summer these things had become automatic and now two years later they still do their work every day after quiet time.
One of the reasons I put off having the kids help with the bathroom cleaning for so long is that I didn’t want them touching harsh chemicals. I was so excited to get to try Lysol’s new Power & Free. Lysol Power & Free uses the power of hydrogen peroxide to release thousands of micro bubbles to penetrate and dissolve tough stains for a powerful clean without the harshness of bleach. I don’t have to worry about harsh chemicals on my older girls’ little hands!
I have since also added laundry to their day. One child helps collect the laundry each day. Another one helps fold, while my oldest has taken over lots of the hanging. Each one puts away their own folded laundry. The work has become so much more manageable. I don’t know what I ever did without their help!
So what do I love about a clean home? The fact that I’m no longer doing all the work! 🙂
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