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March Week 11 | Clean Week

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Welcome to CLEAN Week, which is inspired by the concept of Spring Cleaning. You get a chore chart, and you get a chore chart! I'm very generous when the sun starts to come out. No seriously, I'm a completely different person than I am in the winter... This week we'll cover a few cleaning routines we have for Spring and early March.

Welcome to CLEAN Week, which is inspired by the concept of Spring Cleaning. You get a chore chart, and you get a chore chart! I’m very generous when the sun starts to come out. No seriously, I’m a completely different person than I am in the winter… This week we’ll cover a few cleaning routines we have for Spring and early March.

Week 11 | Post 2

“Seriously though, you’re all getting a new chore chart… it’s on the wall behind me. You’re welcome.” -Me to #MySweetandSticky this week as soon as the sun comes out because I’m a fun mom like that. I think the conversation everyone needs to have with their kids is “What constitutes a CHORE?” Cash and I get into this battle a lot… so much to the point where last week he wrote a persuasive essay and speech at school on the topic of “Why kids should get an allowance” out of pure spite. We debated over the word “chore” many times and eventually had to make a chart reflecting what is and what isn’t. This eventually leads us to the conclusion that Cash, in fact, doesn’t do a single actual chore and, therefore doesn’t qualify for an allowance. What he does every day are his own basic responsibilities and life skills practices that directly correlate to his quality of life inside this house 😉 Let me know if you want me to write a blog post elaborating this point. But I know most parents will get it.

Week 11 | Post 2

"Seriously though, you're all getting a new chore chart... it's on the wall behind me. You're welcome." -Me to #MySweetandSticky this week as soon as the sun comes out because I'm a fun mom like that. I think the conversation everyone needs to have with their kids is "What constitutes a CHORE?" Cash and I get into this battle a lot... so much to the point where last week he wrote a persuasive essay and speech at school on the topic of "Why kids should get an allowance" out of pure spite. We debated over the word "chore" many times and eventually had to make a chart reflecting what is and what isn't. This eventually leads us to the conclusion that Cash, in fact, doesn't do a single actual chore and, therefore doesn't qualify for an allowance. What he does every day are his own basic responsibilities and life skills practices that directly correlate to his quality of life inside this house ;) Let me know if you want me to write a blog post elaborating this point. But I know most parents will get it.

Week 11 | Post 3

Up first in the clean week routine is my homemade laundry soap recipe. This Sweet little guy right here has incredibly sensitive skin. We went down the rabbit hole of allergens way back when he was 3 and discovered that we were going to be a family that doesn’t do artificial scents, fragrances, and soaps. I said goodbye to all of the Glade Plug-ins, scented candles, lotions, shower essentials, and of course, laundry soap. We now make our own and it has been an amazing substitute both practically and financially. One batch lasts us 6 months for about $40. Scoop up my recipe through the main link.

Homemade Laundry Soap: Homemade Laundry Soap {How-To Recipe}

Week 11 | Post 3

Up first in the clean week routine is my homemade laundry soap recipe. This Sweet little guy right here has incredibly sensitive skin. We went down the rabbit hole of allergens way back when he was 3 and discovered that we were going to be a family that doesn't do artificial scents, fragrances, and soaps. I said goodbye to all of the Glade Plug-ins, scented candles, lotions, shower essentials, and of course, laundry soap. We now make our own and it has been an amazing substitute both practically and financially. One batch lasts us 6 months for about $40. Scoop up my recipe through the main link.

Week 11 | Post 4

My newest, 20 page Ebook, Deep Cleaning Everything in 10 Steps provides easy-to-follow checklists for 22 spaces in your home including:
Kitchen cabinets, Pantry, Refrigerator, Freezer, Oven, Microwave, Dishwasher, Whole Kitchen, Whole Dining Room, Whole Living Room, Bookshelves, Bedrooms, Closet, Dressers, Nightstand, Bathroom, Cabinets, Vanity, Laundry Room, Washer & Dryer, Garage, Outdoor Furniture, and Grill

EBOOK- Deep Cleaning Everything in 10 Steps

Week 11 | Post 4

My newest, 20 page Ebook, Deep Cleaning Everything in 10 Steps provides easy-to-follow checklists for 22 spaces in your home including:
Kitchen cabinets, Pantry, Refrigerator, Freezer, Oven, Microwave, Dishwasher, Whole Kitchen, Whole Dining Room, Whole Living Room, Bookshelves, Bedrooms, Closet, Dressers, Nightstand, Bathroom, Cabinets, Vanity, Laundry Room, Washer & Dryer, Garage, Outdoor Furniture, and Grill

Week 11 | Post 5

So here is the outline of how we establish what is a chore vs. what isn’t:

If it has the words, “your own” in it, it’s a basic responsibility: Your own laundry, make your own bed, wash your own dishes, clean up your own mess, your own homework, etc.

If it “needs to be done” because our whole family benefits, it’s a life skill. Also known as a mutual chore, or it has no ownership: Hauling in the garbage cans, watering the plants, getting the mail, pulling weeds. These are considered equal territory for whoever gets to it first.

A Chore is when you take over someone else’s “your own” responsibility. So if you cannot name who you’re doing it for, it’s not a chore. If you’re doing it for yourself, it’s a responsibility. If you’re doing it for everyone, it’s a life skill.

Week 11 | Post 5

So here is the outline of how we establish what is a chore vs. what isn't: 

If it has the words, "your own" in it, it's a basic responsibility: Your own laundry, make your own bed, wash your own dishes, clean up your own mess, your own homework, etc. 

If it "needs to be done" because our whole family benefits, it's a life skill. Also known as a mutual chore, or it has no ownership: Hauling in the garbage cans, watering the plants, getting the mail, pulling weeds. These are considered equal territory for whoever gets to it first. 

A Chore is when you take over someone else's "your own" responsibility. So if you cannot name who you're doing it for, it's not a chore. If you're doing it for yourself, it's a responsibility. If you're doing it for everyone, it's a life skill.

Week 11 | Post 6

A quick little glimpse into an organizing trick: This is our self-serve snack cupboard. It’s organized by height, or, easiest to reach. I’ve put the healthiest snacks on the bottom, the easiest to reach. and the less healthy on the top. Everyone has to work harder to get to the top snacks, myself included. This is a little trick we all know about psychology: path of least resistance. And it works! I know for Cash and I, the slightest inconvenience and it’s not worth it. So when it comes to training myself and the boys into behaviors, I set us all up for success by making the most preferred option the easiest to access. Granted we still have choices, and I will absolutely climb to the top of this cupboard for that chocolate when it’s worth it! This strategy works for the refrigerator and bathroom cabinets too.

Week 11 | Post 6

A quick little glimpse into an organizing trick: This is our self-serve snack cupboard. It's organized by height, or, easiest to reach. I've put the healthiest snacks on the bottom, the easiest to reach. and the less healthy on the top. Everyone has to work harder to get to the top snacks, myself included. This is a little trick we all know about psychology: path of least resistance. And it works! I know for Cash and I, the slightest inconvenience and it's not worth it. So when it comes to training myself and the boys into behaviors, I set us all up for success by making the most preferred option the easiest to access. Granted we still have choices, and I will absolutely climb to the top of this cupboard for that chocolate when it's worth it! This strategy works for the refrigerator and bathroom cabinets too.

Week 11 | Post 7

More psychology, more chore talk. Nobody loves to do things they don’t enjoy. Obviously, the mutual chores and life skills training doesn’t come easy or with the most enthusiasm when you’re training toddlers, or especially tweens. But here’s a strategy to make it a little less painstaking. Learn your kids. Learn where they get their dopamine fix. Learn what gives them a feeling of satisfaction and what doens’t. Here is my insight which many of you have witnessed over the years: Cash is fueled by chaos and conflict. He loves to cause it, watch it, read about it, and create it. So his delegated tasks will also be the ones for destruction: shredding paper, pulling weeds, collapsing cardboard boxes. He is not a fan of cleaning up, but he will break it down. Granted those tasks are hard to find, and can’t be his only life skills, of course. Wyatt on the other hand loves to be neat. He will gladly pick up the pile of Cash’s trimmed debris and haul it off. It’s teamwork. Think about what they’re great at, but also what they love to do. I also give them a permanent pass on certain tasks we all know they don’t excel at.

Week 11 | Post 7 

More psychology, more chore talk. Nobody loves to do things they don't enjoy. Obviously, the mutual chores and life skills training doesn't come easy or with the most enthusiasm when you're training toddlers, or especially tweens. But here's a strategy to make it a little less painstaking. Learn your kids. Learn where they get their dopamine fix. Learn what gives them a feeling of satisfaction and what doens't. Here is my insight which many of you have witnessed over the years: Cash is fueled by chaos and conflict. He loves to cause it, watch it, read about it, and create it. So his delegated tasks will also be the ones for destruction: shredding paper, pulling weeds, collapsing cardboard boxes. He is not a fan of cleaning up, but he will break it down. Granted those tasks are hard to find, and can't be his only life skills, of course. Wyatt on the other hand loves to be neat. He will gladly pick up the pile of Cash's trimmed debris and haul it off. It's teamwork. Think about what they're great at, but also what they love to do. I also give them a permanent pass on certain tasks we all know they don't excel at.

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