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We are a good month in to our Summer Break and I have come to realize that I have my own survival tips for spending the summer at home with the kiddos.
Tip #1: Reduce
One of my first successes, was reducing all the kiddos clothes down to the minimum. Each are allowed 7 shirts hanging in their closet. The rest we have hung higher up in the closet or folded and put away in boxes. I’ll admit, the putting away was not my quickest moment. It took a couple of weeks! Reducing the clothes has reduced the chaos in their rooms and has definitely reduced the amount of laundry I need to wash AND fold. Laundry for the whole house can be done in less than 5 loads a week. It’s been heaven!
We’ve also taken the same theme to our pantry and toys. It’s so nice!
Tip #2: Give Everyone A Chance To Help
Too often I try to do everything myself, which leads to one crazy mama! When we work together we can get so much done. I’m constantly reminding the kiddos (and myself) that it takes 5 people to make our house a mess and if there is only me to clean, it takes WAY too long and we miss out on doing fun things.
To make helping happen, I have learned it easier when I am able to provide easy and safer ways for the kiddos to help like using Ology All-Purpose Cleaner and Paper Towels. My girls are always trying to clean the counters, but I never let them for fear of the chemicals in most cleaners. With Ology I do not have to worry about that because their cleaner is free of harmful chemicals and it does not contain any harsh solvents, dyes, ammonia, or artificial fragrances. And the Ology Paper Towels are tree free, which means they are made from readily renewable sugar cane husk and quick-growing bamboo that regenerates in as little as six months. Pretty cool! Both products can be found at Walgreens and are a great price of $3.99 per bottle and $3.99 per 2 pack of towels.
My oldest daughter was super excited that I even let her spray the cleaner on the counter. So, this is a win, win for us!
Tip #3 Consistency
I get a lot less resistance from the kiddos to do chores (or anything else) when I am consistent. First thing in the morning they have to eat, make their beds, and straighten up their rooms before they can watch anything on Roku. At night, they each have a room they are in charge of cleaning…you get the picture.
Tip #4 Remember to Have Fun!
And above all, fun is a great motivator and we don’t always have to wait until we are done with our chores. Our favorite way to clean lately has been a 5 min clean up, where we try to spend 5 minutes in every room of the house to do a quick clean up. Seeing if we can beat the timer has turned out a lot more fun than we expected.
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