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Last night, we used our family home evening time to coordinate our calendars for the month, and to establish some structure to our days. Specifically, we implemented a "12 p.m. pick-up" time, followed by a concentrated cleaning effort. This break in the day to put things away was not initially well-received by all, but my "I refuse to be the maid" sentiment won out over any feelings of teenage entitlement. The older and wiser ones recognized the wisdom of sharing the work, thereby keeping Mom from feeling too overwhelmed.
(Lest I paint my family in a bad light, let me point out that everyone does pitch in with household chores. I just wanted a more specific schedule, so everyone knew what was expected.)
Our 12 p.m. pick-up should result in items from all over the house being put away in their proper place. Additionally, we assigned each day (Monday-Saturday) an area of focus for the detailed cleaning. For example: Monday--bathrooms, Tuesday--kitchen, Wednesday--the rooms visible from the front door, Thursday--the game room and bedrooms, Friday--special projects (areas that need occasional attention--garage, closets, etc.), Saturday--lawn, garden, yard.
Now, of course, things will come up that will require adaptation, but I'm hopeful that this schedule will keep the house looking halfway decent, and leave me feeling a bit more relaxed.
How does your schedule change during the summer?
Thanks for willing (and not-so-willing, but resigned) helpers!
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