Summer in our house is fun, but it is definitely not a free-for-all. We have fun activities planned, but things are still expected of each child every day. Knowing what I can expect of the kids, and having them know what they can expect from me helps the summer go much more smoothly!
This year we decided that in order to keep bedrooms looking fairly tidy, the first Saturday of each month is Deep Clean Bedroom Saturday. (please insert child groans).
I found that when I asked my kids to clean their rooms, they looked at me in a semi-confused manner. “Tidy Room” is part of their daily routine, but sometimes the ‘tidy’ aspect became a ‘cram and stuff’ routine. By doing a more regular deep clean, we have found the room clutter to be much more manageable. [Read more…]
I have a Home Binder that includes all sorts of charts to help keep me organized. The Rotating Deep Cleaning Checklists are by far my most used portion of my notebook. When the month turns over, I check which rotation I am on and get to work. By now I have a pretty good idea of each item that needs to be completed, but since I have it all written down, nothing gets forgotten! It has helped me to stay on top of the crazy parts of house keeping that you wouldn’t normally think of such as cleaning baseboards, blinds, and ceiling fans. Having the whole list printed out ensures that I don’t skip a step.
I will be totally honest with you: I hate getting babysitters. I am one that will almost not enjoy most of the date because I am worried. What do I worry about? The list starts with: someone is going to get hurt, the baby will scream the whole time, or our kids will create one of those epic babysitting stories that is told at every house for years to come.
But by the end of the date I always realize that dates are such an essential part of keeping a marriage strong. Having time to talk to my husband without being interrupted every few seconds is something that only happens on dates. [Read more…]