How do we keep our house clean…well… hmmm..
I’ll be back in just a bit (looking around)
In theory, we keep our house clean by:
1) being responsible for ourselves, picking up after ourselves. If you get something out, put it away.
2) spending a few minutes throughout the day tidying (10 minutes to clean at any point) – this is especially necessary with 14 children at home, 12 of whom are homeschooled and 2 who are… messy makers. Figure 12 students with a minimum of 6 subjects – 72 books plus pens, plus notebooks… especially since we are book lovers, and so some subjects have a lot of books! Everybody helps with this. It is part of living in a family 🙂
3) chores – our chore system is a paid system. It is 3 tiered. If you are a little – you don’t do a chore. You also don’t get paid AND you miss out on some things we do for just bigs. They’ll get it someday – when they are old enough or responsible enough to do a chore. Even in the chore system, there are 2 more levels, entry and professional. Entry level gets paid, but doesn’t get benefits. (think hourly employee!) They make $5.00 every other week and they do a fairly small chore. Professional levels make perks! They make significantly more money. The people who help with dishes at my house make significanly more money than the person who empties the garbage. The person who is currently on dishes does all the dishes for a family of 16 every day with no dishwasher! He makes 25$ every other week. Other perks we have – late night snack :), movies, etc.
4) it is my responsibility to ensure cleanliness in my home. I cannot “expect what I don’t inspect”. Below is an example of a chore gone BAD!!! ((“THANKFULLY THIS IS NOT THE NORM!!))
Sometimes I am gone, sometimes I am busy or gone, sometimes I am tired. It isn’t an excuse. There are times where our house just doesn’t get clean. I try but recognize I am human, and that the bodies in my house will still be here tomorrow. I also try and recognize that disorder in the house makes others cranky (especially daddy who dislikes things under his feet!) Those are his feet in this picture and this is the only picture with him, his feet and floor).
5) keep my priorities right 🙂 be a Mary first off!!! Value family and relationship above all else. Here is our most recent family picture! (Vacation post forthcoming!!)
Hope to see you more this week, as we recover from vacation, laundry, lack of sleep and photo overload…
Great post! I really love your chore system with paid positions for entry level and professional! That is an AWESOME idea!!! 🙂
Question: What happens if chores aren’t done well? Does their pay get docked? I’d like to know more about how you implement this!
Awesome Amanda 😉 Your house is probably cleaner then mine and alls i have is a husband and a dog..lol
actually yes, in our system, if you don’t do your chore you get 2 warnings and then you get fired. If you get fired (which happens rarely but has.. you cannot be on the same chore chart level for the following 2 weeks (ie demoted) Again, like the professional world, if you are unable to meet your responsibility, it is your responsibility to COVER your shift… i.e. son #2 at home plays very competitive basketball. If he is going to be gone, then he needs to cover it or it will be a strike… (we call our warnings – strikes, 3 strikes and you are out.) Hope that gives you a better idea of how we handle it. We also will give a warning for a strike, ie… you hoo, it’s time to do your chore and if you don’t, it will be a strike or … you know what if you aren’t able to mop the floor, it’s going to have to be a strike. Most of our chores have posted guidelines but some don’t. If they do, I refer them back to the posted guidelines. We have been using this system for almost 5 years very successfully. We do go through times where we don’t have enough workers, then other workers pick up the slack for extra money (like overtime in the real world:) )
Works for us,