We all lead busy lives. We are always on the go, driving our kids to school, trying to get to work on time, Then we are rushing back home to prepare dinner. When dinner is done, the kitchen is in a state of total chaos. There are dishes piled high in the sink and empty dirty pots left on the stove.
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Does this scenario sound familiar? Pretty scary huh? But true!
In the crazy world we live in where everything and everyone moves so fast, how do we have time to think about keeping our homes and lives in order.
Can You Relate To These:
Do you often find yourself struggling to keep your household in order?
Do you often find yourself running out of time to get things done around the house?
Do you often find yourself going from one daily or weekly chore to the other and not realizing where you left off because there is so much to do?
Do you often find yourself being the only one who does chores in the house and you just run out of steam?
These questions certainly resonate with me. When I begin my weekly chores, I get overwhelmed and begin to jump from one job to another. And everything is only half done. By following a plan, it keeps you organized and everything gets down in no time.
There is no right way or wrong way to attack the duties you have around the house to keep it clean, tidy and organized. I’m sure we all wish we had someone in the house 24/7 (me,me,me) to cook, clean, do our laundry, etc. But not all of us have that luxury. 😊 That’s ok!! You got this.
With a little bit of patience and a plan, you can handle anything. Really.
I have designed a “Household Chores Checklist” you could follow. It’s a guide and a checklist. Your daily chores will be a breeze.
If you have children, you can divide some of the chores among them. You cannot do everything yourself. I started giving my children duties around the ages of 12 I believe. Small things at first.
DUTIES FOR PRE-TEENS:
- Hamper for dirty clothes – give them each a hamper and make sure they put all dirty clothes in the hamper. When it’s time to do laundry, have them at least take the hamper bag and put it at the top of the stairs for mom or dad to take down to the laundry room. We have 3 laundry holders in our laundry room – one for darks, one for whites and another for miscellaneous like towels and bedsheets. Your kids can help you distribute the clothes among the proper containers.
- Fold Clothes – They can help you fold clothes. You can teach them. It won’t come out the way you do it, but they’re learning, right?
- Make the beds – They can make their own beds every morning. You will have to keep reminding them to do it. Don’t worry it will sync in and they will keep doing it.
- Dust – They can dust the furniture in their rooms and furniture in the family room and the living/dining room.
- Wash dishes – They can help you with washing dishes. They can rinse for you.
DUTIES FOR OLDER TEENS TO YOUNG ADULTS:
- Laundry – this can be their duty. Collect everyone’s hamper bags and take to the laundry room and actually do all the loads. This is my son’s job occasionally. It is a big help for me.
- Vacuum – This is a job more for the young adult you have at home. Our son does the vacuuming when he’s not studying. That’s a great deal of help.
- Dusting – something the older teen can be trusted with. Just reiterate to them to actually dust and not fluff. There were occasions I caught my daughter (when she was younger) just hovering the duster over furniture. 😊
- Gardening – they can help you outside, around the house with collecting leaves in the fall and in the spring planting flowers
No matter what it is, children need to be included in the weekly household chores. It not only helps you out, but it also teaches them responsibility and to be a well-rounded person.
If you’re having a hard time to get the kids on board with the household chores, try this fun challenge I have designed to get all family members involved. You will all have a load of fun. It’s another way of getting in some family-time as well as getting the whole family involved with the household chores.
In the beginning, your children will love helping you. You could probably give them a small allowance if need be. Nevertheless, they should do something to help the family unit, without having to influence them with monetary items. Maybe once in a while.
I encourage you to give this challenge a try. It will be a lot of fun for you and your family. I hope you enjoy it.