daily household chores...with large familes

Candace - posted on 03/09/2009 ( 66 moms have responded )

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my biggest questions is how does every one do it .... some can some cant depends on family wise and what their veiws on cleaness and piroity of life... hope that makes sense lol



ok how do we maintain to keep up with house hold



dishes



laundry and clothes (YUCK) wash fold and put away worst enemey is socks lmao



dirt to stay out of the house hmmmm,.....



anything anyone like to add oh ya bathrooms eeps ....



my husband made a comment about dishes and tells anyone who has less than three kids not to complaing about this and that in their house , he would tell them to come and stay with us and see if the grass is greener than theirs lmao thought that was cute... amount of dishes we produce each day and how often we do use dishwasher a day if i let them its twice a day ... sometimes three but i let them do once a day and rest time by hand so htey learn how to do it on their own ... b4 machines lmao but i have not yet accomplished making my girls to wash on hands and nees .. i do tht when i wax my floors mthly

laundry well thats another story i try to do at least four a day but hate doing it so its wash all the clothes all week and sat morning comes clean living room floors and dump them clothes and every one folds them and puts them away in their dressers..... and match socks i make my kids do it they hate it as much as i do lol so i tried to say well how about u each do ur own laundry ... not!!!!

bathroom i keep a lysol wipes and do that daily and twice a week i go in with commet and clean toilet and sinks ...and disinfect every thing almost daily



i think this about covers it my goal is every day my main floors is clean rest of house well should be maintained but gets done on sat chores and kids are responsible for their rooms ...



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Angela - posted on 07/13/2011

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You should try safety pinning your socks together. We started doing that a few years ago and have cut most of our sock drama. We do have the mysterious sock bag that gets taken out and sorted once a month. =)

Amy - posted on 03/30/2009

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I do most of the house work so far. I do make the kids clean their room and make their beds. Once they get older they wil have more to do like laundry and dishes. I am surprised though with four little ones my house stays pretty clean. Sometimes I rather not go back to work and just stayed commited to keeping up with the house work

Tammy - posted on 03/24/2009

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Well around here we have 6 at home full time, 1 part time, and 1 that is out on their own - their ages are 5, 8, 10, 13, 14, 16, 17, and 20.



Laundry ... here is my routine ... every morning after I get the girls up and get their breakfast out, I start a load of laundry ... when it is finished I throw it in dryer and start a load of either towels, sheets, or whites.  I fold and put away immediately ... that used to be my biggest thing was putting it all away - plenty of clean clothes, just in a huge pile!!  I had to literally train myself to do it RIGHT THEN!  I have a basket for socks ... I do match them right then but any unmatched goes in the basket to be matched later or used as a dust cloth :)



Anyone 12 and over is responsible for their own laundry and bedsheets.  I start teaching them at 10 and by 12 they are on their own.  Oh and they are assigned a specific day of the week they are to do their laundry on ... and believe me they stick to that like glue.



 



Dishes ... after I get the laundry started in the morning I unload the dishwasher and then breakfast dishes can start being put in the washer and any other dishes that might be in the sink leftover from the night before.  If there are going to be dishes left in the sink overnight then they have to be washed off so that there isn't anything stuck on them in the morning.



At dinner time I have a rotating dinner chore list ... every day the chore changes.  I started doing this several years ago and still help the younger ones with certain chores ... but dinner time clean up goes so much more smoothly and quickly with us all helping.  All of the children's favorite chore is helping me make dinner ... it is one-on-one time with me and they enjoy learning how to make different dishes.



Two of the chores for dinner time rotation is unloading the dishwasher (if it is needed) prior to dinner and the other is loading the dishwasher after dinner.



But even with all that above my main motto is when the dishwasher is finished it gets unloaded so that dirty dishes don't have to stay in the sink.  Now if it's getting close to dinner time then I leave it for one of the children to do as a part of their dinner time chores ... even the 5 year helps ... she puts things away or dries things for me to put away (for things in the upper cabinets) ... even with loading the dishwasher I will hand her things and tell her where to put them - she's getting to the point where she will automatically put things in their "right" place without me telling her.  So she's well on her way to being able to do dishes later with me coaching her :-)



As for dirt in the house ... I'm assuming you mean tracking it in ........ well I try to live by the rule that you do the floors the same number of days a week as you have people in your house ... ie - you have 4 people in your house you sweep/mop/vacuum the floors 4 times a week ..... so that translates into every day for me (hence why it is one of the dinner time chores!!).  But I've noticed that as the children get older that it really doesn't need to be donethat often .. maybe every other day for us now.  I generally use a dry swiffer then wet it for the mopping portion (we have mostly hardwoods).  For the dinner chores, we use a regular broom to get up all the bits of food our crew doesn't get to their mouths.



 



Bathrooms ... swish and swipe every day!  Every day a part of the routine is to swish the toilet (not with cleaner - that is reserved for once a week) and then using an old washcloth (we have some set aside for this) and doing a quick rubdown of the vanity counters and mirrors while I'm doing my morning getting ready ... takes like an extra 30 seconds if that per day.  I also spray a lot of tea tree oil around for killing germs and the fresh smell.  Once a week (generally Saturdays when the whole house is involved in cleaning the house) the bathrooms get a good scrubbing with cleaners (tip: leftover shampoos that you either don't like or have run out of the conditioner for, make great toilet bowl cleaners).  The excpetion to this is when there is sickness in the house!



 



As for the rest of the house, I run through and do a tidy of each room which takes maybe 5 minutes per room and that's enough to keep it guest worthy throughout the week ... good cleanings happen once a week (like mentioned above, on Saturdays).



 



I had someone point out that it really doesn't take that long to do any of the chores (including sweeping/mopping/vacuuming the whole house) and that I should time each chore.  So I reluctantly did and found that most chores took less than 15 minutes of my actual time to complete.  Exception was floors which didn't take much longer even in a 2-story house - especially with a swiffer!  I think that was one of the absolute best tips someone could have pointed out to me ... the second was the power of preparing at night ... the third the power of routines.  Cause now I don't feel like housework is taking over my life!

Candace - posted on 03/20/2009

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wow i wish it was that simple for mine to be like that wish they would understand that if they make a mess they have to clean it not theres too much to pick up blah blah blah .... other chores not so bad its mostly them putting their clothes in their dressers at times ... and keeping their room clean is the tiring task.... anyone input be great ... i usually pick it all up and hide it but dont seems to be working

Heather - posted on 03/13/2009

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Laundry is my biggest time saver...I have a long table in my laundry room with a basket for each child (mark their names on them) I try to wash their clothes separately - with mostly boys there are little to no whites - and I put each child's clean laundry in their basket.



The kids are responsible for bringing the laundry to me, and picking up their clean stuff and putting it away. That cuts 90% of the work!



I made up a chore sheet, which my hubby ok's too, and each child takes a turn with things like emptying the dishwasher, scooping the cat box, taking out the garbage, and even cleaning the bathroom - according to age and capability.....



It sounds like a lot, but in actuality they each have a 10-15 minute chore once a day, and Fridays "off". It's not a lot to ask, helps me big time, and teaches them responsibility. They help make the messes, they can help clean them!

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Stacy - posted on 01/26/2012

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Well, I must say wow! You get way more help than I do. I have my oldest son load the dishwasher when he comes home. Laundry... I have people totes and as I go along each person has their own tote and when it is full they fold it and put it away. I do not pair their socks because most kids like to wear miss matched socks anyway, I just throw each persons socks in their bins not mated. My youngest two are 5 and of course I mainly put their clothes away but they do help a little. Most cleaning is saved for the weekend because of our work schedules and all four kids' schedules.

I do know one thing it is a fight to get the help I do get.

My house is not spotless but It is not a mess either. But with kids how in the world can you have a perfect house anyway?

Casey - posted on 01/26/2012

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We have 3 kids. (4,4,7) and my boyfriend and I. Ive been lucky enough to find a man that likes to clean. I do the bathroom, he will help with laundry but I always put it away. He doesnt know where anything goes anymore. lol. He likes the Kitchen floor done by hand. So he will do it about once a month. I use a rag mop and hen dry it with a towel and my feet. lol. We have different ways of cleaning but as long as it all gets done. We sweep the kitchen daily, vacume the living room every other day, bathroom is once a week twice if its bad. Most of them time I do the bathroom twice a week with 2 4 y/o boy and a 30 y/o boy it gets quite messy. Anyone with boys knows what I mean. lol. The kids do their own room and ours is once a week and picked up daily. We make it work and its not a desaster. I guess thats all that matters. Speaking of cleaning its cleaning day. Oh Joy! Have a wonderful day ladies.

Naomi - posted on 01/24/2012

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i have 4kids 10,7,5,2,and a husband,, they dont do a thing i do all the house work and all washing i do 1-2 loads a day and go room to room i like things done my way hubby helps sometimes but i usaly walk behind him fixing it lol,

Starfish - posted on 11/07/2011

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We just recently got a schedule going, but it's not always hard and fast. I prefer that if someone went out of their way to make a huge mess, THEY clean it up, regardless of whose turn it is. Sometimes the Littles (5, 6, & 7) get it in their heads that they don't have to clean up after themselves if it's not "their turn". Hahaha, nope! I'm big on personal responsibility.

Laundry and cooking is primarily on our 16 year old, since she's really the only one who can handle it well so far. But sweeping, picking up toys, sorting clothes, folding, cleaning up general messes...that's all on the Littles. Any bad attitudes earn extra duties.

This, so far, seems to be a good system.

Candace - posted on 11/03/2011

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i tried flylady,really does help alot,took alot of stress out,and love it ....still working on kids chore the do it but complete it...so no rewards

Sharlene - posted on 11/03/2011

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Hi . I have 7 children and all of them have a chore and then my husband comes home every night to dinner and help me with the kids but all them have chores .Maybe if you put up a routine chart for the kids and everytime they do there chores reward them at the end of the week LOL Im not talking about lollies either reward as a small activity or small present .well this works in my household.cheers

C - posted on 11/03/2011

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I work from home and we run our business out of our houes. Three kids 14,12 and 3 plus a dog. Large extended family.. My house is a busy crazy Hub of action.

I however am a clean freak, I cant help it. I live and work here in my house... I clean everyday and I do the laundry to completion every day.. I sweep and vaccume and lysol wipe surfaces every day. I mop and scrub once a week. My kids and husband also have things to do in the house however they are rarley if ever consistantly completed.
Sometimes I wish I could let it go a few days but then it takes a weekend to catch up.
I thought about someone for the deep clean once a week but realy it doesnt take me that long.

Aimee - posted on 10/12/2011

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well i take my kids to school and i put my little 1 in front of the tv and i get the hoover out i do 1 room at a time polish and kitchen son does the dishwasher before school and i clean sides and floors and toilet and bathroom i do every other day and upstairs gets done once a week but do the bath on on suit every other day do my washin about 5 loads a day and dryin is a night mare when hubby at home he hates me cleanin all the time i luv it

DaNita - posted on 09/25/2011

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here's what we do. Each child is in charge of cleaning their room. Example: one week one child cleans all the bathrooms in the house and vaccums the entire house. The other child helps mom and dad with the cooking and cleaning of the kitchen that week. another child is in charge of the trash for the week. another child helps with the laundry. each child must put their own clothes away until they are old enough to wash, dry, fold, and put away their own clothes. In my family I stay at home, so most of the chores fall on me.

Candace - posted on 09/25/2011

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yes my kids do that....i lock school food up and gave them a basket daily while i have it.....clothes found a way

each kkids share a room they all get assighned days mon wed fri r kids clothes tues and thurs is dish rags and towels sat beddings seems 2 work

Stephanie - posted on 09/03/2011

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I have 4 kids, and each child has a color for socks. I buy each kid large packs of the no-show variety in their color, and they always match, and I also know who left their socks on the floor!

1nitalove - posted on 07/21/2011

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We do chores after dinner everyday except on Sundays. Eveyone has a chore that will take care of most things. When the children are done, I sweep, vacuum, mop floor. If its done consistently, your house will stay in preety good:) I had this problem and glad its no more! lol. Good luck!

Ginger - posted on 07/01/2011

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I have 5 sons. They are 24, 19, 17, 14, and 10. They ALL do chores. My oldest moved out for several years and moved back in with my granddaughter. I also have my mother in law and father in law under the same roof *is odd as the in laws have been divorced for over 20 years! Well- We got the FIL first when his health required supervision and my MIL when her home burned down- and as hers is being rebuilt and her health not the best she's here too... so yes with Hubby and I It's a full house!

I taught my sons early to help with chores. As young as 3 they can fold ( not the neatest mind you) bath clothes. I use baskets in every room! ANytime there is an item that does not belong in a room its goes into the basket. As each kid or grown up is going to their rooms they grab what's theirs and put it back! Anything left over? gets a call out- Here's a power ranger figure....looks a bit lost? Any takers? No? going...going... gone Which means placed in a box in the garage for donations or change of heart later. 9 times outta 10 someone claims the item...lol As they grew each kid got their own personal chore. One has dishes, one has laundry, one has litter box and pet detail, one has living room and game room and one has bathrooms. I of course go behind everyone and makes sure that all is in order. I learned early not to sweat the small stuff and clean as I go. And taught my kids : If you have time to lean you have time to clean. Clean it up and then you're free for the rest of the day. Works pretty well here. For the dishes? Everyone who eats or drinks a thing is required to rinse their items and place in the dishwasher...the chore responsible makes sure it's loaded properly and washes and puts them away and wipes all counters, appliances and sweeps the floor. The one in charge of laundry sorts and washes and dries and folds...and then delivers. Everyone puts their own stuff away. The one in charge of pets cleans the kitty can, washes the pets dishes and refills them... the one in charge of living room and game room checks for all wayward items, dusts then sweeps... the one in charge of bathrooms removes all wayward items, washes down the counters and commode and replaces towels. I go behind and deep clean everything later... I work smarter not harder and show the kids the quick and easy ways to get things done fast fun and efficiently! For the bathroom? Cleaning the tub is a 5 min breeze tops! Wet the walls and tub- add cleaner while it sits a few I tackle the huge mirror with cold water wash and then as I dry with a towel I use the hair dryer for streak free goodness- then I use a broom with the nylon bristles to 'scrub' the tub and tile! No bad back or crushed knees for me! With the shower head I rinse...all done! The only place the kids are allowed a bit of freedom from deep cleaning is their rooms... I let them slack there but they have to do a deep sweep once a month - you never know what is lurking underneath the bed! And frankly Im scared to venture there without a full on protective suit and goggles! In reality chores are done daily and I deep clean on weekends. It's been working for us so far and I still have a few grains of sanity left... hehehe

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I'm so happy to hear of another family having a sock basket! The best sock system we ever made was to buy white matching socks in bulk - somehow they fit most of our kids. One basket by the door for clean and one for dirty... Otherwise we never have socks. Even this way I have to re-buy socks periodically to re-fill the clean basket for the dirty ones that never make it back. Where do socks actually go anyway?

Louise - posted on 06/19/2011

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i have 6 children and 1 due in oct.Wow its amazing that others can get there kids to help.My older 4 that are 11,8,6 and 5 wont help me at all.I suppose thats because ive not brought them up to help so its my own fault.Im really to clean as well as i must hover 7-8 times a day mop 2-3 times a day,wash and iron every day.I clean the cooker every time its used.I polish every day ,take rubbish out twice a day,clean the bathrooms twice a day,change all the beds every week.My eldest carnt even keep his room tidy.(lazy sod) If i ask 1 of them to pass me the baby wipes they moan.I dont use my dishwasher as i class it as not done while washing so i do them by hand straight away.As with a crumb on the floor " hovered straight away." Everything is cleaned all day i suppose.Any tips on getting my kids to help with there own room or the odd chore would be helpful so i can have a bit of time when the baby arrives.lol

April - posted on 05/27/2011

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We have 6 kids from 1 -14
some with soecial needs
We have a white bord we use to tell whom does what and for the ones whom can't read and my son with Aspbergers we us picture card with velcro and every month on the 1st day of the month we switch chores for them and according to age and ability what they can do and as I also homeschool we use new chores as a learing experince.
and then we have what we call a consaquince jar if u dont do ur chores or u misbehave out side of what they know what we exect of them them u draw and if u draw more than 3x in a day u lose a day of privilages and if u go a week for younger ones and a month older ones then u get some kind of extra suprise or privilage and if we dint have this order and rouine one our Child with Autism would be CRAZY and meltdown city all the time and 2nd our house would be chaos alll the time Hope this helps..
April Mom to 7

Rebecca - posted on 05/25/2011

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oooOOOooo Socks. Yuck. Honestly, I no longer have any issues with them. Two years ago, I told my boys that I would no longer be buying their socks, since they insisted on wearing them outside (without shoes) and leaving them hanging on the line for sometimes days until the elastic was shot, or leaving them at the bottom of the clean laundry basket out of laziness. So, Mom no longer buys socks. It's amazing how much better the boys treat them if they have to buy them themselves. hehehe Mean mommie. ;^)

Other chores: Dishes -- one child is responsible for all dishes one day per week. Rotates weekly.

One child is responsible for each main room of the house all week: kitchen, upstairs living room, downstairs living room, bathroom, shop. Plus they are responsible to keep their rooms "livable". I'm not too picky -- no food, no weird smells, pick up dirty clothes, change sheets weekly (pretty much). Each room has a checklist of daily and weekly chores. Mom checks chores mid-morning and any chore not done to her "high standard of excellence" receives an extra chore -- which has to be finished before lunch. (Good motivator for teenaged boys!)

I do most of the laundry (I got tired of losing my clothes), but the bathroom person helps with folding towels and each person is responsible to bring their own stuff in off the line before dark. Any clothes left on the line overnight can be purchased back from Mom and Dad. (Usually by washing a window or something equally annoying.)

Yes, our home is a dictatorship, but it works for us!!! ;^)

I keep the weekly rotation of chores on the fridge with magnets and we shuffle them around on Monday mornings. Homeschooling really helps -- we have time in the morning without everyone trying to run out the door at once.

Now, if I could just get rid of "clutter". ;^)

Alison - posted on 02/01/2010

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i HAVE FOUR GIRLS AGE RANGE 4, 12, 17 AND 21. tERE IS ALWAYS SO MUCH DISHES ESPECIALLY WHEN EVERY BODY IS AT HOME. mY HUSBAND AND i TEND TO DO THEM FOR QUICKNESS AND AN OPPURTUNITY TO TALK IN PEACE. sINCE THE GIRLS SCATTER AS SOON AS THE WASHING UP IS MENTIONED!! I work full time too but hubby is at college just three days a week. We share the housework as we cant stand a mess. Girls are meant to clean their own rooms. One is terrible and shall not be named and shamed but you know who you are11 the rest are not too bad and my 21 year old is very tidy.I do the bathroom when I have my showwer in the morning at least I know its clean when I m not there,. And I probably clean it at night after my barth when I come in from work. Floors get cleaned every day by me or dh. Sometimes twice because dd4 is very messy. All in all as long as its ticking over I am happy I dont stress over the mess and have given up nagging as it is very draining on my mental haelthlol.

Danielle - posted on 01/31/2010

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I also usually do about four loads of laundry a day. If I don't it piles up too fast. I have the older kids keep their rooms clean every day and they take turns doing dishes and cleaning up the dining area after dinner. Sometimes I'll add in something extra that I might need help with, but that's the only chores they have to do every day. Also, we don't have a dishwasher, so they have to wash them by hand. I did it that way, and I survived. lol.

Kristina - posted on 01/31/2010

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I have a 4yr old, 3yr old, 1yr old and 5 month old. I have a weekly cleaning schedule...
Daily stuff: laundry, dishes, vacuuming, sweeping/mopping kitchen and basic tidy up as you go

Monday I deep clean the kitchen
Tuesday I do the livingroom
Wednesday is a catch up day and any errands or appoinments
Thursday is bathrooms
Friday is bedrooms, which includes sheets
Saturday is outside cleaning and yard work
Sunday is the day I attack the windows (I hate washing windows) and pick my project to work on for the week (organize a closet, wash curtains, whatever it maybe)

As far as getting the kids to help, I just say "Who wants to be Mommy's helper?" at at least two of the three girls come running, obviously the 5 month old isn't any help. My 3 & 4 year old match and roll socks and fold the cloth diapers every time. My 1 year old loves to help empty the dishwasher (I pull the knives out first) plus it saves my back a bit since I'm not bending over to get things out. Everything takes a bit longer right now because they are all just learning how to do things, but each month things get a bit easier, plus they think it's fun right now, they want to be like mommy, so I encourage it alot!!

Robin - posted on 01/30/2010

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I have 5 children, ages 3 to 13. I have a chore chart that lists only 5 chores that are done in the evening. Unload dishwasher/set table, clean table/load dishwasher, clean mud room, pick up toys on main floor, sweep kitchen. They rotate the chores daily, and I help the 3 yr old with hers. This way, every night we go to bed with a tidy house to wake up to. The laundry I do daily, at least 3 loads. The kids each have their own basket on a shelf in the laundry room, and it is their responsibility to put their clothes away. Thursday night they clean their bedroom, and then the carpet gets vac'd on Friday. I hate socks! I have a basket that the odd socks go into, and whenever one of my kids tell me they are bored, I give them the sock basket lol. The other thing I have started doing is giving everyone elses chore for the day to a child that has misbehaved ( a big misbehaviour, not just little stuff) I'm hoping that this will be an effective discipline method both for the child that is getting the chores and the others, who don't want to get that punishment.

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I have a routine I do daily. I have two three year olds who share a room and their only chore is to pick up their toy room. Which I have to go in after and organize anyways, it's just to get them to follow simple direction and learn a lesson along the way. lol.

My home is in a circle. Dinning room, our bedroom, bathroom, girls bedroom, kitchen, livingroom, playroom. I go around the house in a complete circle to each room. I start from the time I wake up to the time Jon gets home. While the kids eat Breakfast and Lunch I get on facebook. :-D I have a very old apartment and the dust is crazy bad. I clean, dust vacc/sweep/mop and put away items in each room DAILY. I'm a rare case, I'm OCD. My home must be clean at all times or I have an emotional breakdown. aka Mom goes under her covers and hides from the world. A bit extreme, I know. I have a dishwasher and I don't use it. When I was working and going to school, I still came home and cooked and cleaned. I may have been up til 2am, but that was my job at home and I was going to get it done because NO ONE cleans like Mom. lol. It's hard and time consuming, but the finished product is so worth it. I'm allergic to bleach, but nothing cleans as well as it, so I just wear gloves when cleaning.

I love an organized house. My movies are alphabetical, everything has it's own place in the house and everyone knows if you need something, just ask Mom.

As Jon always says "If Mama ain't happy, ain't NOBODY happy!" and a clean house makes me happy. I'm a bit of a spoiled brat, but I've earned it. :)

Amy - posted on 01/16/2010

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I have 7 children ranging from 16 to 6 months, There is not a lot of time for housework, so everyone pitches in. The 16 year old and 14 year old alternate between sweeping/washing/vacuuming all floors (except bedrooms) and doing all the dishes, They complain, but still do it, they also do their own laundry- each one has a specific laundry day so I can get the rest of the laundry done. The 10 year old and 6 year old either fold clothes (1-2 loads) or clear the table off (it usually becomes everyone's favorite place to put everything)...Let's see the 5 year old sets the table...the 4 year old helps anyone who needs it...usually matches socks, The baby makes everything twice as hard...has reflux and projectile spits up a lot.
I do everything else...bathrooms, laundry, more laundry, oh yeah, even more laundry, as well as cook, play chauffeur, homework monitor, referee...
Once a week I send the little ones to my mother's so I can catch up on whatever hasn't gotten done- usually folding clothes.
My husband takes out the garbage and anything else I tell him, if he's home.
The kids usually get the weekends off to go to friends houses or where ever they want to go.

Judy - posted on 01/15/2010

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I have 7 in house ages 14 to 1. I stay home but still find it overwhelming with sports practices and such.... SO ... I broke my house into zones.. 3 of them and assigned them days. Then I have the daily chores ie... wiping down the bathroom, dishes, sweeping etc. On Each day I clean just the zone.... For instance... Monday is my bookkeeping day.... I do all my bill paying and filing on that day ONLY! On Tues is zone 1 My bedroom and the babies the bathroom and living all get a good thorough cleaning... if they get messed by the next day so what until next week. It relieves my stress and I know every room gets touched weekly.

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Have 5 kids. Its gotten easier since we assigned everyone 2 chores a day. I'm the boss ;) and get to dole out the chores as they are needed. Difficulty of chore is taken into consideration as to who gets what chore. Now that all mine are older it doesn't matter so much. I try to break up chores so they seem easier and shorter. Someone might put away the clean dishes and someone else does the dirty dishes. I assign sweeping to one room at a time and their bedrooms are their responsibility. Outside chores like raking leaves is a team effort, we all take turns raking and bagging the leaves.

Julie - posted on 01/12/2010

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I am the mom of 4 boys, ranging in ages from 4 yrs to soon to be 14 yrs. When they were all smaller it was very hard to keep up but now things are running alot smoother. I have always tried to give them little chores growing up and the older ones now have a bit more responsibility. My soon to be 13 yr old has O.D.D and has become a clean freak. but not more then any of the chores I gave him before he just does them more often. We all have our things we are suppose to do daily. my oldest does the supper dishes and takes out the garbage every evening. my second oldest sweeps the floor, and clear the clutter off the counters and table. On his own he always makes sure the door way is clear of any shoes and coats are all hung up. my 2 youngest are respondsible for putting thier own dishes in the sink and making sure their toys are put away when finished playing with them. my husband always cleans the bathroom cause we have 4 boys and I just hate the bathroom,,lol,,he also always clean our bedroom cause as most mom's know our bedroom is always the last to be cleaned so he does this for me. I take care of the laundry which is still a struggle,,lol my husband and I take turns washing the floor and we also take turns cooking supper. when my kids we young I use to say that we are a team and have to work together cause I am called mommy, not maid,,lol

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We have 5 children, 24, 18, 15, 14, 6, The oldest is on her own but still uses the house for laundry and food. Every child started chores at age 2. get them in the habit right away! I also mark socks and the 6 year old puts them together. I don't stress over bedrooms. Every Sat morning they have to be cleaned before anything else gets to be done. Our rule for the Kitchen is, anyone who cooks does not have to clean. The rest all clean up while Mom and Dad relax. At 15 they are taught to do their own laundry. I have a list taped inside the cabinet that explains how to do each load. The rest of the house work is divided up by giving each child 1 extra chore every day, Vacuum, sweep/mop, dust, catbox, bathrooms-all 3, and famiy room. I alternate so everything gets cleaned about every other day.

Jodie - posted on 01/12/2010

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We have a chore chart- the kids got tired of doing the same things all the time, so I got a piece of paper, divided it into squares, and each square has a typical chore on it I would ask them to do. I laminated it and taped it to the side of the fridge. Each day I get a dry erase marker and put either names or initials of the kids so they know what they need to do for the day. When they finish something they erase their name. It has worked better than any other system I have used because I can pick and choose according to the day-- lots of homework today... less for you. You are not doing what you should...maybe you get one or two more, or you get to do the things noone wants to do.
Wash is a major issue. My 2 oldest can switch the loads and they put it away when it is done, but getting it done and folded is a challenge.
As for socks, each person in the family has 1 kind of socks-- so Jacksons all have blue writing on them, Jareds are all white and short, Coltons have red writing on the bottom. It is still a pain, but when there are only 7 different kinds instead of 3000, it does make it easier.

Jennifer - posted on 01/12/2010

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Quoting Jewel:
 It's a neverending battle in trying to make sure they keep their food at the kitchen table cause as soon as I turn my back or go to the basement to do a load of laundry they sneak food into their room and seems like they play hide n go seek with it cause I end up finding it under the bed or in the toy boxes and other places where it should not be.



 



the laundry is piled so high that I get fustrated and give up and also the young ones won't leave the laundry in their drawers so I had to move the kids dressers into the basement just so I won't be redoing clean laundry.





wow thats me with the kids eating!!! do you have the problem of yours helping themselves to all the food in the cuboards?? ive had to lock the kitchen door at night just to stop them!



my younger ones also do this with the clothes

Jennifer - posted on 01/12/2010

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mines a constant battle!! lol
i have 5 kids and am pregnant again all under 10
i dont have a dish washer so my washing up is done after each meal, my eldest likes to do it after dinner so i can sit down, my 8 year olds job is to load the washing machine once on a saturday when im at work otherwise all washing is done after 10pm as its cheaper i can wash 2-3 loads each night!!!! and dry them in the tumbler for the same cost of 1 each during the day.
my daughters room is their responsibility atthough i go in every sunday and blitze it
pairing socks is a nightmare!!!!! i hate that job it takes me about an hour! i dont iron until they need their clothes otherwise id be over run!
hovering is done every day when my 21 month old goes down for her nap and the rest of the jobs as well. i also work two jobs putting in 21 hour week on one and the other about 5 hours a week, my husband helps out where he can and also does 2 jobs totaling 50 hours a week!!!

Karen - posted on 01/11/2010

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We have 5 kids aged 1-16. The older 2 do their own laundry most of the time and hubby does his work stuff. Each kid has a basket and once I take the clothes off the line they go into the childs basket and they fold and take the clothes to their room. I fold and put away the 1 yr olds of course, he's bright but not that bright, though he does love to match socks.
We have only just bought a dishwasher before Christmas.
Each of the kids has a morning job to be done before school and and afternoon/night job to be done before they get ready for bed. They also have 1 other job that gets done on Sunday.
I usually vaccuum and wash the floors daily, it never ceases to amaze me just how dirty the floors get, I'm grateful we have tiles throughout the whole house. I wouldn't consider myself a neat freak but I do like to clean and tidy as I go throughout the day as I'm worried that if I don't it will all turn to chaos and then we'll end up on one of those shows were you can't get into the persons house because there is stuff everywhere.

Jewel - posted on 01/09/2010

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Ok I have 5 kids ages 2-8 and getting them to help pick up is laughable, It seems like the house is never clean and the kids will destroy the house in a matter of seconds while it took me hours to clean. It's a neverending battle in trying to make sure they keep their food at the kitchen table cause as soon as I turn my back or go to the basement to do a load of laundry they sneak food into their room and seems like they play hide n go seek with it cause I end up finding it under the bed or in the toy boxes and other places where it should not be. I have a 2 year old that won't keep his diaper on, he takes it off and then the contents are all over the place and he is not quite ready to be potty trained but my other 2 year girl I have just started potty training. There are always dishes in the sink and most of the time I try and use paper plates to limit the amount. The laundry is piled so high that I get fustrated and give up and also the young ones won't leave the laundry in their drawers so I had to move the kids dressers into the basement just so I won't be redoing clean laundry. All the socks are the same color so I am not searching for certain pairs, my husband and I also buy the same color of socks and share them ( we pretty much wear the same size shoe so that is not a problem) pretty much underwear is the only thing that is not shared in our house. It is a daily struggle to keep the house clean and in the meantime we have foster care workers coming in and out of our home because 2 of the kids our relatives we took in when i had a sister that was having some life difficulties then she passed a month after the kids where placed with us so these social workers like to tell us how we should keep the house which puts more stress on me, my husband works midnights so he sleeps during the day and the weekends is when he is home and we play catch up on the laundry. If I could and had the money I would just hire a maid to do all my daily chores for me but that is not the case and I am gonna have to figure out a system that I can do ( I am a bad procrastinator).

Angela - posted on 12/26/2009

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We pin our socks. Add that to first letter of first name on bottom and we are good to go. =)

Jen - posted on 12/21/2009

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Our kids all do their own laundry except for the 3 yr old. We have 5. They each get an assigned day & if they forget then they need to wait til the following week for clean laundry. The 11 yr vacuums the LR everyday, the 8 yr old dusts the LR & vacuums the Hallway, the 17 yr washes towels & dishes everyday & the 15 yr old takes out the garbage & clean the litter boxes. The 8 & 11 yr old clean up after the dogs out in the yard. There is no way I could possibly keep up with all the housework as well as everyones laundry. I do mine & our 3 yr old's. I even have my hubby doing his own laundry. You need to divy up jobs.

Lindsey - posted on 12/21/2009

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i do everything in my house i feel sometimes im like a robot and when the kids go to bed im shatterd the oly thing i get sick of seeing is the washing theres always a basket full but as for everything else in the house you wouldnt think 6 kids lived here i always clean im a bit obsesive sometimes lol my hubby hates it if hes cooking i clean round him i think routine is the best solution lol

Laura_lee - posted on 12/17/2009

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my kids need to help out more all of them do.i have a 6 storie town home i clean and disenfect the washrooms daily dishes r piled up every day i do about 4or 5 loads i dont have a dish washer laundry is every day my daughter changes 2 to 3 time a day and now my youngerst is a boy and hes doing the same,it seems no matter how late i stay up and dp laundry i cab never get caught up.i have to clean everyday or my house would look like a dump,on top of this we have a number of stairs that i go up and down all day.i have a medical condition that causes my legs to stop working im in pain every minute of everyday.im on pain killers and that sometimes makes me tired but if i dont take them i cant stand on my own two feet ,my oldest is starting to undersatnd that mommy needs help and i belive everyone should help to keep the house clean,my son whos 4 still wont pick up his toys when hes done playing with its a fight to get my middle child to clean her room my oldest when she was smaller always clean up her toys or the mess she made.where did i go wrong and my soon to b husban needs to help a little more expically when hes not working.do u have any tips to try to get the kids to help out more.im a yong mother and im trying to do my best the only down fall with my kids is hose chores

Candace - posted on 12/17/2009

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snce my mother in law moved in she been taking over my hosue so my laundry is always done but when it comes to reg household and kitchen she lousy and its hard not to hurt her feelings so usaully end up every wed when she leaves to give good cleaning but she has not been well so i ve just said hell with it ill clean my way and she does her way still comes out clean ... i love pinesol makes me feel as if my hosue soooo sparkling clean for whole day and smells great .. as for kids well they are lazy since grandma moved in and takes for granted ... ive been trying to figure out to boot them in the behind .. esp with four girls in room together how to get them to keep clean is another task ive learnt to shut door and hide them lol...

Stacie - posted on 12/15/2009

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we do the 15 minute flip out a couple times a night with the kids....eveyone goes "crazy" and cleans anything they see that needs it......really works with 4 competitive boys. the y are proud of what they do and compare notes to see who did the most! 4 now it works

Lisa - posted on 11/23/2009

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I can't get my kids to all work together to get chores done laundry is awful .Dishes is ok .Bathrooms forget it .I do most stuff myself any ideas .

Jill - posted on 09/24/2009

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We set up a chore chart for our kids. We have six, but the youngest isn't old enough to do chores yet. Every day they get a room to clean, they have to feed their animals (they each have their own), and they have to clean their room (our entire upstairs is one huge room so they share it). One day a week they have to do their own laundry... we tried having them only put their own laundry away, but that wasn't working as some of them wouldn't put theirs away, just throw it on the floor then it would end up back in the dirty clothes so I got tired of always doing the laundry. Now they are responsible for washing, drying, and putting away their own clothes (They have to load the washer then I put in the deergent and turn it on for them). and if they don't do their laundry they have to suffer with no clean clothes to wear. Dishes are a big issue in my house as the person who has the kitchen to clean, has to do the dishes, but somehow they never get done. We have to do dishes every day or there won't be anything to eat off of for the next meal. We have a dishwasher that gets run once or twice daily. But I make them wash silverwear by hand as the dishwasher doesn't get it very clean. And whatever doesn't fit in the dishwasher they have to wash by hand. Most days I end up doing the dishes when they are at school though. The bathroom they always whine about as they think that is the hardest room in the house. The dining room and living room are usually pretty easy, and their toy room in the basement is usually the easiest since they don't get much time to play down there in the school year, what with their homework and chores. Along with their chore chart they also have a reward chart - if they get every chore done in one week they get different rewards that they get to use and the rewards increase as each week passes. I only have one child who has earned 3 weeks of rewards, two children who have earned one week of rewards, and the youngest two have still not completed one week of chores. They are also the most stubborn. We have been doing the chore charts this way since summer began back in June. Before that I did not offer rewards for completing their chores and I did not have the baby to care for. While I was pregnant we started making small changes to have them do more around the house in preparation for the new baby as I would not have as much time to do it all.

Jennifer - posted on 09/22/2009

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We have 4 kids left at the house now. They are 7, 8, 9, and 16. (which the 16 yr old is like a 7 yr old). Anyways, we have a chore chart. They have chores such as loading dishwasher, vacuuming, feeding outside pets, doing homework, brushing teeth morning and night, keeping their rooms cleaned, being good at school and on the bus. Everyday, they get a chore for whatever they do. dishes and vacuuming can only be done after 6. At the end of the week, whoever has the most checks gets a reward. It has been working great for us. The kdis are rushing to do the chores so they can win for the week. We don't do the chart on weekends though. The only problem now is brushing teeth. If I have to tell them to do something, they do no get a check.

Timberly - posted on 08/25/2009

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All 5 of our kids do the housework during the week then when I'm off on Saturday we do games and I clean the floors, dust, and yard work. We have busy time, along with school they do dance and gymnastics M-F, but they get it all done. My oldest (12) has to do dishes by hand before school and wash clothes 3 times a week. My 2 younger girls (both 10) have to dry and fold the clothes and take out the trash. My youngest girl (8)does the bathrooms. And her and my son (7)have the sock chore..lol They all make sure their rooms are cleaned and clothes are put away. Then we set up church on Saturday. And are at church most the day Sunday and they help make sure our kids area is cleaned of all trash.

Cheryl - posted on 08/22/2009

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With a large family (we are currently expecting #10 any day), we've found two things most helpful in accomplishing everything: Scheduling and Assigned Chores. You can find two excellent resources for both areas at: www.titus2.com If you've ever watched the Duggers, the Managers of Their Homes kit is what she uses in scheduling. It literally changed my life! Hope this helps.

Paula - posted on 08/04/2009

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The link to the handipoints site seems to be broken? I see a 404 page. Is there a better link to the site?

Candace - posted on 04/08/2009

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most time i end up buying socks every mth three sets and i try to throw out all the old socks to keep them but its hopeless so i just throw out odd socks and use some good ones so my best is get all the socks same so that htey always have pairs i buy only black and whites socks for all the kids easier

Louise - posted on 04/04/2009

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hi there



i have five children aged 7 to 13 and they all have to help out they all have there jobs they carry out each day we normally try to get them done b4 they go to school



the oldest has been helping with cooking and the rest wash up dry and and pack away after tea



but the one thing that we fail at is the dredded socks we have a basket for all the odd socks and it s always over flowing and its a cas eof they run out they look through odd sock basket or ever so often we all sit down and go through them



i have tried that if they aren't in a pair they dont go in washing machine but i ended up with so many dirt odd socks in wash basket never getting washed which isnt good especially with 4 boys  in the house

Candace - posted on 04/04/2009

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no plm ,.. i started using this link and i found the kids love it they like playing the games and helps them to be motivated... so far its slowling workign it working better with older ones than the little ones but im working on it as its only been just started.. but its improving slowly here wiht spring cleaning in my home we are painting everywhere refreshing and gettng new stuff kids need and house needs lol ...

User - posted on 04/03/2009

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Quoting Candace:

http://www.handipoints.com/index.php... i got this from someone who posted ... found this to be pretty helpful...to use on all my children... every helps out ..

bathroom i use lysol wipes daily wipe down the sink they are messy when brushing teeths and brusing hteir hair... and also the toilet rims i clean my toilet three times a week only takes a few mins...
every one has to do thier part during the weekd its broken down they take out trash daily and do dishes by hand we have dishwasher but they refused to rinse welll so they are forced to do by hand ...they do the chore chart as its fun for them as well as gaining points for activities.. and lose point they do not like but it helps to curb the attitudes and behavior to bud...



Fantastic link!!!  Thanks for sharing!!

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