The other day I was talking to a friend about trying to keep a clean house with lots of little kids around. Sometimes it certainly isn’t easy and more than once I have had people “stop by” when the house is a disaster zone. That is for sure!
One thing that has helped me tremendously is finding a system that works really well for me and my kids. I came up with 12 chores that needed to be done on a regular basis and I purchased a 12 sided die.
Each kid takes turns rolling the die until all of the #’s have been rolled. It works out for us that each kid does three chores each day. If you have fewer kids they could do more than three chores each or maybe just use a regular die and have fewer chores.
- Living Room
- Family Room
- Play Room
- Kitchen Floor
- Kitchen counters
- Parent Choice (I usually choose some type of “spring cleaning” item like wash one wall, or clean the baseboards in this room, or things that don’t need to be done on a daily or weekly basis.)
There are some chores that my four and six-year-old can’t quite do yet on their own. So depending on how strong and patient I feel that day 😉 I either have them roll until they get to a number they can do on their own or I “supervise” them while they do one of the more challenging ones. I try to let them do the work as I instruct them so that they can learn to do it on their own.
We write our chores on my Boogie Board, which I absolutely love! It is like an erasable notebook so it is easy for us to keep track of what chores have been rolled and we don’t have to get a new piece of scrap paper to write them down on anymore.
Hopefully, if this is something you struggle with in your home like I did you will find some benefit with this option. I like it because the kids like doing a different chore each day, they like playing with the die and there is a lot less nagging from me.
Plus I think they have a clearer understanding of what is expected of them.
Wishing you a clean home!