Messy Monday: June 4, 2012
On the mess front, I know I have to learn to live with a certain amount.
I’ve gone through several phases.
I’ve asked the kids to do jobs (but not necessarily trained them properly) and then gotten frustrated when I had to clean up after them, and I even fired them. Well, I’ve re-hired the kids for the summer.
You see, I’ve become a fan of Nony the Slob. She thinks like I do. She may have, at one point, had a messier house than I do. She knows that I need lists, and goals, and a plan . . . and not a million emails a day telling me about my plan, and I can do it barefoot!
Well, good old Nony. She is one step ahead of this mama. She had plans for her summer, and she wants to include all of us in it! She just released an eBook (and there are two ways to get it FREE . . . otherwise it is $3) designed to help us moms teach out kids to clean!
I don’t jump up and down much (Hello, very blessed in the feeding department) but I’m jumping up and down now! I downloaded this book on Friday, and then re-hired my kids on Saturday. I printed out and laminated her bathroom cleaning step by step guide (it is very thorough. . .25 steps), and then set my 8 and 10 year old to work on our main floor bath! We got sparkly results! (Check out my Facebook page for the after picture!). To be honest, even I was surprised. My kids did do a bad enough job around the house before to get fired! So now they are earning a whopping huge mom wage. . . and since I’m not scrubbing bathrooms, I have time to take them to the pool for them to blow their allowance money!
Today we tackled laundry day. I am trying to do just one day of major laundry (and then several loads of diapers through the week. I did do a bunch of laundry on Friday, so the kids did not really have a week’s worth of laundry to sort through, but they did get the hang of things and were fairly good sports. We started late (like 1:30) as Dakotapastor had his day off and took the kids on a long urban hike this morning. So. . .we still have a few loads to finish tomorrow. They did better at folding than I expected. . .and I lowered my expectations a bit. Underwear really does not need to be folded perfectly, nor do cleaning rags!
Tomorrow, instead of teaching a new skill, I think we will finish the laundry and then enjoy a reward.
I’ll keep y’all posted. And you, if you can think of a way to keep the toddler clutter at bay . . . let me know!
Now . . . get out your camera, take a photo of your mess, and head over to Weak and Loved to link up. As a reward you will see a very comforting quote from Anne Lamott! (and some great photos from last week’s link up!)
oh, and what SHOULD have been in my photo this week, but I was too angry to snap a photo? The 13 year old found out what a tablespoon of Dawn dish soap will do to a dishwasher. . . oh joy!
Again, link to Teaching Kids to Clean! (affiliate link)