We cleaned house yesterday. Me and the kids. From top to bottom. (Well, the decluttering will come later this summer. But everything is in it's place, etc.)
Floors are clean. Walls are clean. Fixtures are clean.
Did I mention my house is CLEAN?????
Love, love, love it.
It will, no doubt, last about half a day, and then someone will spill blueberries on the carpet (which stains we even scrubbed yesterday with great success).
This is one of the biggest reasons I like living like a European in a small apartment.--Not that it's a small apartment, as far as apartments go. It's even bigger (believe it or not!) than our old house. More square feet. I'm not complaining. I guess I have never lived anywhere very large.--at any rate, I LOVE the fact that the kids and I can get this place ship shape in two hours.
Whatever happened to that nifty card file system, you ask? Well, it's around here somewhere, collecting dust. I'm no good at follow through. Perhaps in the pefection of next-year-which-is-not-yet, I will get better at doing it. Or beef up my daily routine to include more than it currently does (and I do have things I do every day, they just don't include cleaning the dirt out from under the washer and dryer).
So, how do I get my kids to help clean house? Well, I make it non-optional, but I also pay them, of course!
We all gather in the living room, where I present them with the dry erase board that contains a list of jobs that need to be done. I break things down into very specific jobs. Instead of "cleaning the bathroom" I list each thing that needs to be done in there separately, for instance.
Then we discuss who does what, and in what order. We write our names next to jobs Then we get to work. When a job is completed, it gets erased. Amazing how fast it goes when the team approach is used.
I've also been trolling around in my schedule for the perfect time to go grocery shopping, and I finally found the time slot that will be least disruptive to everything else that has to be done around here. It's a time when I'm usually just sort of sitting around before I leave for a regular weekly apointment, so getting out the door sooner means I have time to get to Costco witout sacrificing anything but computer time. So that makes me happy! It's funny how schedules need to change sometimes.
Meal ideas....all I ever cook is "mexican" "curry" or "pasta" or "pizza". I guess it could be worse. But it certainly could be better.
Yes, friends, there are deeper levels to me, but this is what I'm willing to share. ;-) Domestic Stuff.