I was raised to never do housework - my grandmother's philosophy was that as a girl I'd spend my whole life cleaning, so she didn't want me to have a childhood with it. I understand the motivation behind it, but it did me a huge disservice in the long run, and having a clean house is still "work" vs second nature to me now. I've gotten it down pretty well but the biggest things that made a HUGE difference for me in getting it that way were these: 1. 30 min. That's all. 30 min. It's better if you can add 15 to that and do 15 in the morning and 30 in the evening, but it doesn't always work that way. 2. The kids are old enough to help. The rule in our house is that we all make messes so we ALL clean them up - regardless of who made which specific mess. I incorporate them together. 30 min before bedtime let's see how much we can get done in putting stuff away, picking up, cleaning, etc. The little ones are perfectly capable of putting dirty clothes in the laundry, putting up their toys on the shelf or in the bin, picking up trash (juice boxes from dinner, etc.) and making sure plates are in the sink. Once it's done, it's done for the night, no nagging, no arguing. After about 3 days of this you can really start telling a difference.
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1/4/10 at 3:02pm