When I was a kid, every Saturday morning meant cleaning. My mom woke us up early, fed us pancakes and then told us to clean. (She doesn’t remember it this way.) I dreaded Saturday morning and have always hated cleaning.
I used to rebel against cleaning but after having kids my tolerance for a messy/dirty house has definitely dropped.
We try to pick up the downstairs every day but you still need to do your deep cleaning. Instead of having a set day for cleaning I usually do better with a surprise blitz. It’s not necessarily every week, it’s just when the house needs it.
For example two Sundays ago the house needed it badly. (This last Sunday it wasn’t so bad.) The kids went out to swim with Michael and I started picking up. When they came back in and got changed, I started giving them assignments. They picked up their rooms and the playrooms. Michael vacuumed the downstairs hard woods and stone while I cleaned the bathrooms and the kitchen. Then Michael went up to supervise and inspect (That playroom was a mess!) while I mopped the downstairs. All told I probably worked about three hours (they worked about hour and a half to two hours) but the whole house was clean. It was done and over and they didn’t dread it coming. (Sometimes they do bathrooms, windows, mirrors or bathrooms. It just depends.) (Every night they help unload and load the dishwasher and take out garbage.)
Do you have a set cleaning day? Or do you just do it as your house needs it? Do you surprise them with it or warn them it’s coming? Do you give out assignments that change or do your kids know what they are supposed to do each time?
Check back around noon for some super cute chore charts that I found online. Lots of good ideas to steal!