so we have four kids aged 9 thru 13 (almost 14 - HOLY CRAP!). our house isn't huge - but it's decent sized. i do a "cinderella day" every monday. this means that i deep clean the entire house top to bottom. since all the kids are in school, it's not THAT big of a deal. it's a pitb, but worth it. it even stays clean for like 30 minutes or so. yay!
anyhow, my cinderella day includes:
wash & dry basement linens
vacuum stairs from basement to main level
polish floor (makes it shiny - i do this once a month or every two weeks, depending on my mood)
clean out fridge
wash & dry main floor linens
refill meds & vitamins (every 2 weeks)
wash & dry upstairs linens
vacuum stairs from upstairs to main floor
it sounds like a lot, but really, it's not. why? because my kiddos help keep up with the cleaning during the week.
i divided the house into four zones: kitchen, bathrooms, basement, living / dining / family room (which includes picking up dog poo outside). each kid gets one zone to do for two weeks. at first, i thought they were doing a good job and i wasn't checking on the chores as often. DUMB MOVE on my part! when i finally did, the toilets were nasty (and i only have ONE boy - who can't aim to save his sweet little life!) and the sinks had gobs of toothpaste in them; bookshelves were messy; etc. what the heck? when i sat them down, they questioned, "you have to wipe down the toilet and sinks EVERY day when you have bathroom? i didn't know that!" egads ...
thus, i decided to fix this little 'problem'. i put together lists for each room. each list included the following categories: "the xxxx is clean when ..."; "the xxxx is deep cleaned"; and "monthy to-dos for the xxxx". i went above and beyond and printed out each list for each person in the house. they were laminated (and put on pretty / handsome paper, of course!) and put them on d-rings. each family member has a copy of all the lists on these. now there is NO excuse for anyone to not know what is required and when!
|this is the 4 pages together - there is a list on both sides of the pages. they are laminated so things can be checked off as they are completed.|
|an example of one of the pages up close|
oh this has been so great for our family! i know have a 'checklist' to look at when i check the kids' zones at night and in the mornings. if i'm in a nice mood, i tell them what still needs done. if i'm in one of THOSE moods, i tell them to look at their lists and figure it out.
it's nice not having to do it all every day. just "cinderella day".