Any family with children knows that keeping a house tidy and up kept is sometimes just impossible. (or at least it feels that way) It can be challenging at times depending on what season of life your are in.
If you have small children or babies a lot of the cleaning and picking up depends on you to get it done. If you have some what older children that is the time to start training them to help with chores or picking up after themselves. Here’s a side note…..it’s so much easier to train them when they are younger!
Around here, the 10 minute tidy has been a life saver! Since we home school we are home a lot more than we are out. That means the more time spent around the house….the more mess that is being made. Our house is cleaning is times 10 people (well technically 9 while my daughter is away at college) That is a lot of pick up!
Here’s how we do a 10 minute tidy:
- Assign each child a room
- Turn on a timer (sometimes it can be 2 minutes, sometimes it can be 5 minutes)
- Have children (and yourself) put away as many things as you can.
- Point out items that are being overlooked
- Play music to make it fun
- Do this 3 times a day (after breakfast, after lunch, and before you go to bed)
Keep in mind this is not in place of your normal mopping, scrubbing, dusting, cleaning of the bathrooms, etc. This is just to gain control of some of the chaos that happens in a home with children.
Why I love the 10 minute tidy:
- It keeps a routine for my kids
- It helps everyone be responsible for picking up after themselves
- Your house looks more inviting
- Helps me think clearer and stay more focused
- I’m not afraid to have unexpected visitors pop over
- Helps all of us take pride in our home
- It’s easy and quick!
When we are short on time, I will gather everyone together and depending on the amount of stuff out, I’ll call our a number and have them all go around and pick up say 10 things! Times that by 6 or 7 kids and it makes a HUGE difference! We’ve even adopted the 10 items when we are done eating and they will all take 8 to 10 items off the dinner table when we are finished eating.
In all reality a home is suppose to be lived in. A home is not a museum or a picture out of a catalog it’a a place to feel comfortable and be yourself in! But I believe your home is a reflection of your family and keeping it tidy when you can helps! Trust me when I say, our house is a constant battle to conqueror but I feel better when it’s more put together. How about you?
What I want my children to understand is that mom is not responsible for picking up after everyone. It promotes family team work to keep the house somewhat under control and everyone is more happier because of it!
Remember the saying……”Many hands make light work”. ~John Heywood So true!
Why not try the 10 minute tidy at our house and let me know if you love it too! Do you have a routine that works for your family? If so…..please share I would love to hear!