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A number of years ago I spent a summer training my girls to help me keep a clean home. It wasn’t that they weren’t helping at all. They would do a job when I asked them, but I needed them taking ownership of some of the responsibilities. We needed a routine.
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After our quiet time in the afternoon everyone pitches in to pick up and clean house. Each child has to clean their own room. Then each of my girls has a bathroom that they are responsible for. We all pitch in to fold and put away laundry. Grace also takes care of everything out of place upstairs. Joy has dish duty. She washes any dirty dishes and unloads the dishwasher. Faith, my teenager, gets the dining area. She is to clean the table, chairs, and floor as well as the window on the door to the back yard.
Then we like to take a paper towel and begin at the bottom, that way none of the cleaning liquid drips down past the window, and work our way up wiping the Windex® and grime off in quick side to side motions. Repeat on the other side! Tada! #InstaClean!
While my girls have been doing an excellent job with their daily responsibilities, I found I had neglected my boys. All they had been responsible for is cleaning their own rooms and picking up their toys. At six and almost three, there is so much more they can do to help.
Now the boys are helping with so much more from putting away laundry to sweeping and dusting. They can be great little helpers and the job is so much easier when everyone works together!