Keeping it clean

I tell my children  often, “Little messes are easier to clean than big messes.”

It is much easier to keep a clean house by cleaning as you go than it is to clean a dirty house. By that I mean it is easier to pick up things and put them away after using them. Pickup and put away toys after playing before you take something else out. Put clothes in hamper instead of on the floor. Put kitchen appliances away after using them. Tidying the kitchen as you cook and prepare a meal. I know it isn’t always possible to do, but it is a great habit to make. It will also cut down on cleaning. 

One of the things I like to do with my kiddos is the five minute cleanup. You do this several times throughout the day and it helps keep the house cleaner. It helps for everyone to have a certain area of responsibility, that way no one is trying to do the same area at the same time.  I like to do a five minute cleanup once in the morning, around noon, and in the middle of the afternoon.  If you are home alone you can do a five minute cleanup in different areas at different times of the day. 

One of the things I try to do every night is make sure I clean my kitchen.  It doesn’t have to be perfect but it does have to be clean.  Naomi’s responsibilities is loading and unloading the dishwasher, sweeping, and cleaning off the table.   I clean the countertops and the stove.  Sometimes Brian will sweep for Naomi while she loads the dishwasher.  I personally love waking up to a clean kitchen.  I try to remember to have the coffee pot set to make coffee in the morning, I am going to get better at that this year. 

After supper and before getting ready for bed I like to have everyone straighten up their area of responsibility.  That way in the morning we can start our day off on a good note.  Sometimes we don’t get to cleanup before bedtime and it always throws off our day. 

I will breakdown our area of responsibility in my next post.  Well, I hope everyone is having a great year so far. Thank you for stopping by…..

 -Pamela

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