Yes shined my sink this morning. It is BUFF. I am still in baby steps land but will get there. I did do FLYlady several years ago and trying it again. I did find it quite helpful and not sure why it fell by the wayside. FLY stands for Finally Loving Yourself- a concept I LOVE. Doing it for yourself and not out of guilt or outside pressures. I am trying to instill that into kids and not be heavy headed but want them to feel pride and peace that comes from organized home.
We decided to take on chores.. Something I said I would never do. I am finding keeping on top of housework overwhelming and building resentment.
I have spoken with kids and we agreed to have formal chores.
Before you think there is work camp going on in our home thee are the kids chores-
Son waters plants ( and we picked out plants for “him” at nursery this week ) , tidy his games up in Rec room daily and tidy shoes in front hall daily. He is almost 8.
My daughter (almost 14) has been taking out garbage on garbage night, emptying dishwasher and tidying her own bathroom. Back breaking I know.
We are starting off small and building it into our routines. So far I have been quite pleased. I long resisted assigned chores but now thinking it gives us all a sense of accomplishment and frankly its nice to live in clean house. We have tried the winging it and every one do as they please route but be honest didn’t work for us. Ther are no punishment or rewards for nit doing chores- clean and tranquil environment ( and mom!) is the reward. Honestly I think it has helped with feeling of community and accountability. The kids help each other and are more mindful that these kicked off shoes at door will have to be tidied by my brother.
I found couple of sites that had okay chores charts to print off. Not totally pleased with them but will do.
I welcome suggestion and links to chore charts you think are good :-)
Chart Sites and Links
This is a build your own chart: http://www.dltk-cards.com/chart/