Then they have an "after school job" that has to be done before snack (books, toys, couches, downstairs, junk).
And we rotate through "kitchen jobs" every night (garbage, dishwasher, floor, table, food, dishes, sinks, counter).
But every Tuesday is "Kids Cleaning Day".
I have done this different ways. But, I'm kind of excited about my new plan.
Every kid has to do everything on the first list (the oldest helps the youngest).
bed (made mom's way and all toys and books off)
closet (all clothes hung up nicely, no junk on floor)
clothes drawers (they can shove their laundry in everyday except once a week it has to be straightened)
top of dresser (junk collection spot - they have to put it in their treasure box, school drawer, or garbage)
shoes (make sure all shoes are lined up nicely with matches)
After their straightening jobs are done they get to start picking out of the jar.
There are 5 jobs in each category for my 5 school-aged kids.
Each category has its own color so I can just say, go pick a blue one, etc.
2. DUST (blue)
boys room, girls room, living room, playroom, electronics
3. VACUUM (orange)
boys room, girls room, living room, playroom, stairs
4. CLEAN (yellow)
bathroom sinks, toilets, bathroom floor, mirrors, kitchen chairs
5. ORGANIZE (purple)
coloring stuff, games, books, hair stuff, toys
If they happen to pick one that they did last week, they can choose again if they want to and there are any others left. (It gives them motivation to not be the last to pick.)
I like the fact that they might have to clean their brother or sister's room. (So far no arguments there.)
This is a shorter version than what we used to do, so there are some things that are left out (under beds, doorknobs, walls, etc.)
I put those on an "extra" list so when Dad says, "ask mom what job you can do" or mom says, "that just earned you an extra job mister!", well . . . you know the drill.
I'm pretty sure I'll have to come up with something new to keep their interest next year, but so far so good.
sheesh, I guess my kids have to clean a lot!
strike that and reverse
sheesh, I have a lot of kids to clean!