Saturday, August 12, 2006

Family Cleaning Hour

I stole this idea from TXMommy. In an effort to teach my boys how to work, I've tried job charts, check lists, room assignments etc. Those all work.... well sort of. I decided to give "family cleaning hour" a try. We started on friday and I loved it. The boys are still young enough that they need me right there to keep them on track. We all started cleaning in S's room, moved to H's room then finally the main living area. The boys were really good sports about it and we accomplished a lot. This method of all working together is more fun and more productive. I can show them how it needs to be done and remind them where things belong, etc. It doesn't matter who's room it is or who made the mess because we are all working together for the same amount of time.

S mopping the kitchen floor.

H loading the dishwasher.

I have a cute picture of Crew moving to music. (Unfortunately Blogger is giving me fits today and I give up on getting that last picture loaded). We parked him directly under the stereo where he immediately started "jammin". His job is to keep things fun which he does well.

I'd have to say the Family Cleaning Hour was a success for us. I will be doing it again. Thanks TXMommy for the idea!


  1. Yeah! I'm so glad it worked for you! We've been doing it this way for a few years and we like it best:)

  2. Anonymous8:51 PM

    What a great idea!!! You are paving the way for me. I am putting this tidbit of info into my parenting box for when E. gets older. Right now we at the just picking up anything is a huge success.
    Keep it coming.

  3. We like family cleaning hour too. Also thanks to my big sis txmommy!

  4. I am adopting this routine for my family. It is such a fantastic idea.


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