I’ve hinted around about a BIG project I’ve been working on. Well, it’s done.
And I’m exhausted! I’m also sooo excited to share it with you.
Summer is here! As of tomorrow, my kids will be out of school for almost three months, and I couldn’t be more excited!
If you’ve read from the beginning (or if you’ve been around from the beginning) you know that summer is my favorite time of the year but also the most challenging time for me to keep the house out of chaos!
Two summers ago, I was nervous. The previous August, I started this blog in a desperate attempt to get my home under control. I saw huge improvements over the course of the school year, but was starting to panic that summer’s lack of routine would send our home back into Disaster Status.
Added to the panic . . . was guilt. I LOVE having my children home all day in the summer. My fear of losing my Clean(er) House Momentum didn’t jive with my desire to enjoy Quantity Time with them.
So . . . I determined to make it the Summer of Clean. I continued my routine of tackling one household cleaning task per day, and involved my kids in each task. I created printable instructions to maximize independence, and acted as teacher/director/supervisor each morning.
It wasn’t easy, and during that summer I sometimes wondered if any of these cleaning lessons were actually being learned.
Now . . . I can say with confidence that our Summer of Clean was a success!
What makes me say that now?
It’s two years later and I see the fruits of my focused efforts to teach my children to clean.
On Sunday evenings, when it’s time to sort every last piece of laundry in our home to be ready for Monday’s Laundry Day, I just have to ask them to do it. They are able to sort our laundry without any direction or supervision from me. Wa-hoo! Mommy scores!
Here’s one more (big) piece of evidence. My kids are now able to help me get the house ready for guests in less time than it would take for me to do it on my own. I’m able to assign each child a job such as dusting, vacuuming, or counter-wiping, and these jobs get done with minimal supervision from me. That’s exciting!
But what’s the big project?
I’ve written a new e-book called Teaching Kids to Clean! Other than my bathroom cleaning checklist which is here on the blog, it’s all new. Based on my experiences teaching my own kids to clean, I share advice, “lesson plans,” supply lists, age-appropriate task lists, and printables to help you teach your kids the skills necessary for big cleaning tasks.
The tasks include laundry, bathroom cleaning, dusting, vacuuming and mopping.
And if you don’t have kids, you might just learn something for yourself! I know that checklists help me stay focused!
Head over to Amazon to get your copy of Teaching Kids to Clean (Teach Your Children Basic Cleaning Skills). The kindle version contains a special link that will give you access to the NEW and IMPROVED printable lists and checklists!