Week 2, Day 3 – Get Others Involved

by StephBuckwalter on June 15, 2011

As you begin getting areas under control, get others involved in the maintenance of those areas. They will probably be motivated by seeing it clean and be willing to work to keep it clean. If you wait too long, they are likely to lose interest. In our house, the kids do not get any screen time until after lunch, and only if they have completed any chores on the schedule for that day. You can see one of our chore charts on my homeschooling site to help you see how we work a 3-week rotation.

[Kamikaze Cleaning Challenge - Week 2, Day 3]

  • http://twitter.com/hollybmartin Holly Martin

    I just posted on Week 2 day 1 that I motivated my oldest to pick up the first floor for 1 1/2 hours. I wasn’t sure if that counted toward the challenge–but then seeing the floor motivated me to get out the vacuum cleaner and figure out why it wasn’t working (clogged with a giant Lego) and then vacuum for 30 minutes. Then yesterday i spent 15 min. re-sweeping by the front door and replacing the rug, so now I’m not so embarrassed when people come to the door.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Stephanie-Buckwalter/1603095226 Stephanie Buckwalter

    Spent an hour going through closets–both clothes and toys. My boys are growing up. They are starting to leave behind some of their most treasured toys from their early childhood.

  • Amy

    I had the kids help with cleaning today. They did all their regular chores and I taught the oldest how to clean the bathroom. We deepcleaned 2 bathrooms. My time spent was 1.5 hours.

  • jen thompson

    ok, not doing so well this week. had a seminar to go to today, then cut the grass and took the kiddos to story time at the library. i did manage to get 15 min in on mount laundry who is piling up again. oh, well, some day my children will be grown and then i will have time to clean. for now i will just plug along with the work and enjoy the kiddos.

  • Marissa

    This week is taking some time to get off and running. I was able to work for an hour today but had high hopes to accomplish more. Tomorrow is another day.

  • http://thecouponengineer.com Michellethecouponengineer

    I was in Kamakazie garage sale mode last week. We moved 4 totes and several bags & Laundry baskets to the gargae sale. We made $85.00! I can’t tell you how good it felt to get all that stuff out of our house! What didn’t sell we donated to the Salvation Army. I was determined it wasn’t coming back home!!

    If your interested you can read the rest of the gargae sale story here

    Thanks for the continued motivation!

    Also I am giving away a 20 piece Rubbermaid Lock-it storage system away on my blog this week. Contest ends on Friday @12 MN.Feel free to enter and share any great organizing tips you have

  • Judi

    I’ve been trying to figure out how to get involved. Today I made my 2nd weekly menu and grocery list and then I spent the afternoon grocery shopping. I had more plans but the plumber was in my kitchen all morning and into early afternoon. I guess it’s not technically cleaning but I’m working hard to get my meals under control.

  • Bonita

    Just wanted to say that lack of sleep and fatigue have really affected me this week and I haven’t had the physical stamina to do much more than what absolutely must be done.

    I was thankful that my husband and son did one thing on my list on Monday. They flipped our king-sized mattress and vacuumed under the bed.

    This challenge has been ever in my mind, though, and I plan to get back on track.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Stephanie-Buckwalter/1603095226 Stephanie Buckwalter

    You’ve got the whole summer. It’s OK to take needed breaks. By the way, what do you write (or you can reply using the contact page if you’d rather)?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Stephanie-Buckwalter/1603095226 Stephanie Buckwalter

    Way to go! LOL about that LEGO. You should keep it just in case you need an excuse in the future for vacuuming.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Stephanie-Buckwalter/1603095226 Stephanie Buckwalter

    Anything you’ve neglected or that needs deep cleaning counts. I’ll try to update the ideas page this weekend to help you out. In the mean time, if you go under the Free Info tab above, you’ll see a list of 15-minute tasks to help you get started. Welcome!

  • Anonymous

    Yeah! A new helper in the house.

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