It's a good thing I started my spring cleaning early, as it's very difficult to stay indoors on these beautiful sunny days! I did manage to spend some time deep-cleaning our master bathroom this weekend.
Ahhh... that's better! I swore when we remodeled this room that I would keep it looking perfect, but let's just say I sometimes fall short of that goal :)
Would you believe that the room that has stayed the tidiest belongs to my oldest sons?
I blogged about cleaning and organizing their room HERE back in January, and it has stayed that way ever since! Some of you have e-mailed me asking how that is possible. Well, I'll admit that it involves a bit of
I created a task chart.
It includes tasks that I expect them to complete daily: make beds, put clothes away, wipe down sink area.
There are also weekly jobs of dusting and vacuuming, washing sheets and putting laundry away.
The kids receive an allowance at the end of each week. If there are any infractions (I love using that word!), money is deducted from the allowance. Infractions cost fifty cents and include leaving anything out in the room (on floor or dressers) or not completing a daily task. Weekly tasks must be completed on the weekend. Fifty cents is deducted for each day past the weekend that a task is not completed.
This "system" has been a lifesaver!! The kids' room is clean (without my help!), and the boys are learning responsibility and taking pride in their work. It's a win/win! Of course, there are other chores around the house that they do without getting paid. That's just part of being a team player.
Anywho... if you're struggling with messy kids' rooms, this system might just work for you, too!
Now, perhaps I should give myself an infraction when I don't keep our bathroom looking like this...
It sure makes me happy when it's sparkling clean.
Two rooms clean and organized. Many more to go.
Are you a neat freak? Or are you committing some infractions?? :)