Enter inspiration out of desperation: Kids in this house clean by zones, not by what mess each of them made.
Our house is divided into 4 zones: Entry and Stairs, Family Room, Game Room, and Bathrooms and Halls.
Our kids are assigned a zone to keep clean for 1 week: I make them check their zone before school and after school... nothing fun is allowed until the zone is clean.
Our kids do their zones BEFORE homework: I have a busy 12 year old who would use the excuse "I have too much homework" all the time... because it's true. Well... in this house, our family comes first and family responsibilities rule before homework. You'd be surprised how quick jobs get done when teenagers can't do homework. Wait... that doesn't sound right.... kids don't like to do homework....right? Well, my kids might be peculiar... they can't stand facing the teacher the next day without assignment in hand. So, somehow they get their jobs done:)
The Result: Zones help our family do quick pickups without the argument of who did what. Now my little punk-a-noodles all know that whatever is in their zone... is what they have to put away!
How do you divide house jobs?
Don't for get to scroll down and check out info for the Toile Party at the end of the month!
Tomorrow: How Zones are used for Saturday Cleaning jobs!