keeping house clean

User - posted on 11/25/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )

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how do you get your kids to be neater? how do you keep a clean house with five kids and mom and dad

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Eliza - posted on 11/30/2009

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Assigning chores to each child is very important. All my three children clean their own room and pick up their own messes. I also ask them to help me keep all of the downstairs pretty clean and put things back where they belong. Whatever they play with they must put back when they are done. If they don't, they cannot play with it for the rest of the week and they pull from our consequence jar, and that has been working great for us! They don't want to pull from a consequence jar. It includes sweeping whereever the parents choose, dusting, vacuuming, taking electronics away like psp/ nintendo ds, or cell phone priviledges taken away, and or not being to talk on the phone for my older child, and not having any of her friends over, etc. They also have to pull from a consequence jar when they are not listening, not doing what they are told, not completeing all homework, not completing chores, and giving attitude as well. It works... everyone should try it!

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Samantha - posted on 11/30/2009

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It does seem like a never ending battle. I assign different chores for different days of the week for my son, and everyone has to clean up after themselves. A good website that I have found is very helpful for this topic is www.flylady.com

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Terea - posted on 12/27/2009

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I only have one child and he is 5 years old. I give him routine "chores" and a schedule that I know he can do on a daily basis without my help. When he does all of his "chores" and completes all of his other tasks early, I allow him to get 30 mins of something he likes to do that I do not allow him to do often as an incentive (i.e. play his Wii) before his bedtime.

Nancy - posted on 12/25/2009

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you know,most of these mom's are on the right path.kids need to learn to place things in their proper place.i have 3 children and my middle child does her bed and cleans her closet,my autistic son can throw trash out and my 5 yera old will pick up any toys on the floor and puts laundry in hamper.this teaches them how to b responsible and neat

Tally - posted on 12/20/2009

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I also have 5 children. And over the years we have done different things, and have had to adjust as the household changed. For a while it was kind of unfair, because the only one who really helped was my oldest daughter- Alexa.
I was clued in one day, when my 3 year old (at the time), while showing a guest his room, (which he shared with his siblings before my husband enlarged our home) told our guest " this is our room. It's really messy... but I don't worry about it because Alexa will clean it up"
I knew we needed to readjust. What I did was write down all the daily chores that would keep the house " running". All the weekly chores, and all the monthly chores.
I started with the youngest child, and asked myself, "what can I teach this child to do?" and made a list. I continued making a list for each child's abilities.
I than made a chore chart and sat with the kids to let them know what we are doing. BTW, since we use only eco friendly products in my home, I was able to give them cleaning jobs that previous to going green, I never would have.... like cleaning the bathroom. My kids had to be taught how to do certain jobs and I had to go through a training period where I had to watch them do it.... but they soon learned and now it's just what's expected. Do they jump for joy about it? NO!... lol, but they know... no chore, no TV. No chore, no friends. No chore, no Facebook, Wii, I touch etc.
Hope this helps : )

Ria - posted on 12/15/2009

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I have two girls, husband and a cat. When our girls were younger we had a play room and nothing came out of the room. I deep cleaned for 2 hrs from 5.30am every Saturday, Thereafter I make breakfast, have a shower and go back to bed and must be served brunch in bed whenever I woke up. As they grew up chores were easier to manage, now they are teenagers and they come up with all sorts of excuses from exams, assignments to erands. As I don't want to be held responsible for poor grades I still do most of the cleaning and items left unattended are put aside for charity. However, they are responsible for their bedrooms and bathroom and we have "no go areas" which means cleaning immediately after use. As you can imagine they hardly go there so those rooms require less constant cleaning. Personally I have adopted a positive side to cleaning as my chance to exercise.

Eliza - posted on 12/13/2009

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Sounds good! You do have to go through their toys they don't play with or else it just becomes more clutter!

Ruth - posted on 12/12/2009

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my daughter has to clean every day both in her room weather its clean or not, and she also has to keep her clutter out of the common rooms. if her room is clean i ask her to dust it, and go though her toys to give a couple away.

Beth - posted on 12/11/2009

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Limit what the kids have to play with... If they keep up with what you give them then increase the amount of things that they have to play with and if they can't pick up those take away until they get the point that you have to clean up after yourself to get what you want... Make it fun for them with teamwork, a song or even make a game out of it to see you can clean up the fastest,,,

Andrea - posted on 12/11/2009

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I wish I knew the answer....if you find out please let me know ( :

I have 3 kids (2,4,6), myself, my hubby, & my dad. I work M-F from 8-4 & my husband works everyday...usually 12 hr days. When I get off from work, I run any errands, make dinner, feed myself & the kids, help my oldest w/her homework, get online for a min, put the kids to be, & then I go to bed. Needless to say, I only have the weekends to get anything done & that is usually clothes & that's it! So you can just imagine what my home looks like when the kids get done demolishing it...literally! Best luck to finding the answer..I am not in any position to give honest advice from my experience. I couldn't even imagine having 5...MAYBE A MAID??? I'm thinking about checking prices on one ( :

Kaleigh - posted on 12/08/2009

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I have a designated play room. Toys do not come out of the playroom and they are also on a set schedule. Being two and three, it was hard to keep after their messes, but not anymore!

Shannon - posted on 11/30/2009

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I can't keep my house clean with 4 of us! Other than adopting a very simple lifestyle with a total declutter and assigning chores, the house will probably just stay messy for a few years. I had to relax my standards a lot. Try to not to feel guilty or stressed, just do what you have to do to keep yourself sane!

Eliza - posted on 11/27/2009

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As for me - I have three children 3, 7, and 11 years old. Our house rule in the house is to have everyone clean up their own mess and take it up to their room. If they leave things overnight, it will get taken away or donated to Salvation Army, and we stay true to what we say and they are very quick to not leave any messes around the house because they are afraid it will get taken away or donated and we have done it several times. I make each and everyone of my children clean their room. My two older ones - clean their own bathroom together and do their own laundry together - they fold their own clothes and put it away in their drawers. They are not allowed to have free time until all chores are done. We stick to our rules and thats just it whether they like it or not. Also, they get $2 allowance per day and we pay them every 2 weeks. If they don't complete their chores all the way they get minus $1 off for that day the didn't complete it all. Also, as a family chore - we clean the kitchen together every night.



Good luck!

Sheri - posted on 11/26/2009

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Ya I would like to know to how to keep a house clean. I have four kids 10, 9 ,6, 3. It seems to be a never ending thing. My husband even is wondering why I am a house wife i can't keep up with the house. I have tryed everything. I need some points anyone.

Thanks Sheri

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I don't have 5 children, but I do have a husband, 2 toddlers, 4 dogs and a cat. They way we got our kids to be neater was to make up a song to clean up to. Now all I have to do is to start singing the song and they start picking up their toys. (I also don't know how old your children are so this may not be for you if your kids are older). I do the bulk of my daily cleaning before the kids and dad wake up. I wake up at 5:30 and I am able to get everything done and start breakfast before anyone wakes up. If anything needs to picked up or straightened in between, I do it at the kids' nap time. I do all of my "deep cleaning" on Sundays when everyone else is preoccupied with movie time or something. I hope this was at least kinda helpful!! I hope I can keep this up when I have 5 kids!! Of course my mom always told me that once they reach the teen years...there's nothing you can do to keep them neater....I hope that's not true!! :)

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