Don’t you just love spending an entire Saturday morning cleaning your house? Me neither – so I don’t do it.
When I was a kid the Saturday morning cleaning routine was how my own mother chose to deal with the house. My brother and I were part of the cleaning crew (as we should have been) and were forbidden to leave the house to go hang out with friends until the chores were done and Mom had dismissed us.
I hated it!
When I was the mommy, I worked outside the home and the last thing I wanted to do was to spend a big part of the weekend cleaning house. It was busy enough just getting the errands run so that we could function the next week.
So we implemented the 10-Minute Tidy at our house.
During the 10-Minute Tidy everyone in the house had to pitch in and help clean up. This was time to get those easier and less time consuming chores off the list. No one was exempt from helping. After all, taking care of a house is NOT just mom’s job – she’s not the only one who lives in the house or who enjoys and benefits from it being clean and organized.
Yes, there will be times when you do have to tackle those chores that take more than 10 minutes. But at least by doing the 10-minute tidy each day you’ll cut way down on the time it takes to get your house picked up and presentable. And honestly, 10 minutes is doable. It isn’t so long that you get tired and it’s not so long that kids begin to get cranky and argue. We used to turn on some lively music and just try to make a game of it.
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Were the kids always thrilled at tidy time – no, obviously not. But I’d remind them about my Saturday morning torture when I was a kid and it didn’t seem like such an ordeal. It’s funny how everything in life is about the presentation and how you choose to look at it.
So what’s your strategy for staying on top of the house?
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