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Spring Cleaning With Kids

This week my fabulous team of experts and I are sharing our plans for spring.

Be sure to check out what each of my team has up her sleeve for spring and we will help you put your house in order!

What I have on my agenda for spring break next week is some spring cleaning and completing of projects that have been on my "to do" list for a while.

I have typed out each of the items I want to accomplish and I am offering any child 50 cents IF they can get a given chore done BEFORE I tackle it, IF it is done to my satisfaction.

Since my children are about as competitive as I am (VERY) and we make them pay for their own stuff, I suspect there will be much scrambling to beat Mama to the work, because if Mama gets the job done first, there won't be any pay off and you might even be able to hear Mama doing fist pumps and loud-whispering, "YES! YES! YESSsssss!"

I have included difficult tasks, like repairing screens on windows, and easier ones like picking up sticks and twigs in the yard, so every child, from 3 to 15, will have the chance to participate if they would like to.  The printed chore list will be color coded to denote which tasks are reserved for which ages, and placed in a prominent place.

Then, I'll blow a whistle and the scrambling will begin!

Not really on the whistle.

Really on the scrambling.

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  1. I love this idea! Would love to see your list…

  2. Nevermind, I see it now. :)

  3. With 8 kids you SHOULD have a whistle! :-)

  4. Kathryn says:

    That’s a really great idea! I love how it gives the kids choices and makes the chores seem fun. My parents did something similar with my sister and I when I can to grass cutting or snow shoveling. We could do either chore, if we wanted to for $10, or choose not to and (obviously) not receive any money. Personally, I hated snow shoveling (or mostly just the being out in the cold part) so $10 was never worth it to me, but my sister loved it and would happily collect every time. Actually, she’s 23 now and she and her boyfriend will shovel my parent’s sidewalk and driveway, and the neighbor’s too (but now they do it for free :) ).

  5. Elizabeth says:

    What a good idea thanks! (rolling up sleeves)

  6. I have a whistle. I think you should have one, too. When things are at chaos level, nothing stops the nose like the loud shreiking of that whistle! It’s got a rope to hang around my neck and everything!


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