Welcome to the January 2015 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Household Chores
This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama. This month our participants have shared stories, tips, and tricks on tackling household chores. Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants.
With all of these kids running around, our house can get a little crazy. The only way I can make sure that everything runs smoothly throughout the day is to make sure our morning chores get done every day. I use my HPDA to keep track of what I need to do on a daily basis – and which of those things I have already done. That way, as I get sidetracked by things like toddlers pouring syrup into the butter tub, I can come back and remember whether I gave the kids their medicine or not.
Every day, I need to take my thyroid medicine and my supplements. Then, somewhere around eating breakfast and getting kids dressed for the day, I do several things. I make sure the pets are fed. It is Sofi’s job to feed the bunnies and Walter and Elliott’s job to feed the puppy. It is my job to remind them. I brush my teeth and hair, and do my best to look presentable for the day. I get dressed for the day before I ever leave my bedroom, so that isn’t on the list. I check the menu for the day and make sure that everything I need is thawed and anything that needs to go in the crockpot is started. I make sure the dishwasher is emptied. Sofi and Walter empty it and put away everything they can easily reach. They both dislike doing the silverware, so they alternate doing it daily. I keep the calendar color coded for them so that they can tell whose day it is easily. When they have put away everything they can reach, I finish them off by putting away all of the dishes that belong up high. Once the dishwasher is empty, there is room for the breakfast dishes, and the kids and I clear our places at the table. I also pick up the babies’ dishes. Once the dishes and the condiments are off the table, I wipe it all down. Then I start clearing the counters. The counters are, unfortunately, one of the places where everything seems to land. So, I can spend quite a bit of time getting them excavated and wiped down for the day. Once they are cleared, I hand out the kids’ allergy medicine and make sure they take it. Then, I can move on to putting in a load of laundry, and I am done for the morning! Of course, by this time, it is usually lunch time!
The other side of the morning chores coin is the kids’ side. Sofi is 8.5, so she is capable of quite a bit. She dresses herself each day, brushes her hair and puts it in a ponytail, brushes her teeth, and puts in her hearing aid, in addition to what I’ve listed above. She also often helps Elliott, 3.5, to pick out his clothes for the day and get dressed. She also often gets him bundled up and takes him with her to feed the bunnies. This is one of their favorite joint chores! Walter, at 6.5 also gets himself dressed every day, but takes a bit more poking and prodding to do so, to do his dishwasher rack, to clear his spot at the table, and to put on his glasses for the day. But, he can do all of these things for himself, so long as I keep reminding him to do them.
Past our morning chores come my weekly chores. I wash and dry everyone’s laundry, and help to get it put away. I’ve shared my laundry system before, about how I keep laundry as simple as possible with so many people.
Once the laundry is done, there are my other weekly chores to work on. Some days I work on them when I run out of morning chores. Some days I don’t work on them at all. But, I try to get each of them done weekly – scrubbing both the bathrooms, dusting, sweeping and mopping every hard floor in the house, vacuuming every carpeted floor in the house, washing the throw rugs, watering the house plants.
There is so much to do to make sure the house runs smoothly! Luckily, as long as my morning chores get done, I’ve got a good jump on the day.
- Seven Tips for Decluttering with Your Clutterbug — Do you have a child with hoarder tendencies? Help them declutter before the Legos and stuffed animals take over your home. Charlie of Three Blind Wives, guest posting at Natural Parents Network, offers some expert advice.
- Chores, Chores, Chores — Life Breath Present talks about how her family divides chores, and how Baby Boy joins in to keep their home clean and running smoothly.
- Of Toddlers & Housework — Holly at Leaves of Lavender talks about some of the ways she lets her not-quite-3-year-old son help out around the house.
- Whistling While We Work: On Kids and Chores — Dionna at Code Name: Mama realized recently that she often feel resentful when she carryies more than her share of the household load. And so several weeks ago, she brought a laundry basket upstairs and had the kids start folding. Thus began a regular series of household responsibilities for her kids.
- The 4-Day Laundry Plan — Becca at The Earthling’s Handbook line-dries all of her laundry, including cloth diapers, and stays sane while also working full-time outside the home. She’s sharing her tips!
- Chores Don’t Have To Be Drudgery — Jennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama discusses how she gets the whole family motivated in the daily care and maintenance of maintaining a home. After all, chores do not have to be drudgery.
- Morning Chores and Weekly Chores — Kellie at Our Mindful Life can get anything done, so long as she gets her morning chores – and her weekly chores – done!
- A place for everything and everything in its place — Make it easy to tidy up by having just enough stuff for the space you have. Lauren at Hobo Mama talks about this goal in her own home and gives tips on how to achieve it in yours.
- Cleaning With Essential Oils — What essential oils could add a boost to your cleaning routine? That Mama Gretchen has a round up of what you might like to consider!
- Montessori-Inspired Sweeping Activities — Deb Chitwood at Living Montessori Now tells how her children helped keep their house clean and shares ideas for Montessori-inspired sweeping activities.
- 9 Natural Cleaning Recipes for New Mamas — Dionna of Code Name: Mama, guest posting at Mama & Baby Love, shares recipes for safer, natural homemade cleaners that parents can make with ingredients they trust. Leave a comment on the post for a chance to win a copy of Homemade Cleaners – a book packed with tons of natural cleaner recipes!