Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Day 3: Bedrooms + Bonus Laundry schedule

Happy Wednesday!

Are your kitchens and living rooms clean?
I hope so!

Let's get started!

Main Checklist:

  • Do at least one load of laundry from start to finish. Wash, dry & put away!
  • Load and unload your dishwasher. If you don't have one, wash and put away all of your dirty dishes.
  • Don't be lazy. When you remove an item from a room, put it away where it belongs. We're trying to avoid having a mess pile up. 
  • Do a quick pick-up of the kitchen. If there is anything in there that doesn't belong, put it away.
  • Clear the kitchen counters of clutter.
  • Keep an eye on the living room. If a mess is starting to form, pick it up.
  • Do a clean sweep through the kitchen and living room before bed.

Today we're going to focus on 2 bedrooms.

These bedrooms should not be the master bedroom. We'll get to that tomorrow. 

For me, these are my two youngest girls' bedrooms.
My oldest cleans her room on her own once a week. When she gets home from school on Mondays, she knows that she has to clean her room as soon as her homework is finished. 
Scheduling a day each week for her to do it works out really well for us. She knows when to expect to have to clean her room, so there's significantly less arguing about it than there was before.

Bedrooms Checklist:

  • Pick up anything lying on the floor. Put it in its proper place.
  • Remove clutter from flat surfaces including the dresser, nightstands and shelves.
  • Put away any clean clothes that may be lying around.
  • Place dirty laundry in the hamper/basket, or take them to the laundry room to be sorted.
  • Make the bed.
  • Vacuum the floor thoroughly. 
Do these things in both rooms and you'll have 2 clean bedrooms in no time!

We'll focus more on organization and more detailed cleaning next week. 

You're going to do the same thing with the bedrooms as I have asked with the living room. Keep an eye on them. If a mess looks like it's about to happen, prevent it by picking the things up. 

Try to encourage your kids to pick up toys when they're finished playing with them. That's one of the best habits you can help your children form. 


In order to stay on top of laundry, I have a certain load of laundry assigned to each day. 
I wash each person's laundry separately. This way, when I'm taking it out of the dryer I can fold it, lay it in a basket and take it all to the room it belongs in. 
Every few days, I have to toss in a load of cloth diapers, but it doesn't throw off my laundry schedule.

Monday-Big A's Laundry
Tuesday-Little A's Laundry
Wednesday-Middle A's Laundry
Thursday-Mommy & Daddy's Laundry
Friday-Towels and sheets.

Happy Cleaning, everyone!


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