Tuesday, March 27, 2012

My kids don't know how to clean....

Seriously.  It never fails.  One of my kids (insert any name you choose) will tell me they are done with a job, only for me to come check it and be blown away at how obviously NOT done the job actually is.

For example, the bathroom is clean.  Only when I go check, the garbage can is overflowing, there is toothpaste smeared on the counter, and hair elastics spilled in the sink.  But because they picked up the dirty clothes off the floor, and put away the hair styling stuff off the counter, they think it's clean.

This goes for any room they are assigned to clean.  And even if I tell them, you have to do this and this and this in order for it to be clean...they still pull the same stunt the next time!!  So I decided that instead of wasting my breath repeatedly pointing out the things they still need to do in order for the job to be finished, I would make a checklist for each room that they need to mark off before they call the job finished.

I decided I wanted them to be sorta cute, so I turned to my handy dandy MyMemories software.  I made a different one for each room, and just for fun, I coordinated the colors of the checklists with the colors of the room they went with.  Too much?  Oh well.

I needed a daily checklist, and then a weekly one for the more deep cleaning day.  I also wanted them to be reusable.  So I decided I would glue the weekly and daily lists for each room back to back, and then laminate them.  Now they can use dry-erase marker to check off each task, and erase it once I've inspected and approved the job.  What do you think?




I punched a hole and a grommet in the top of each card, and tied some ribbon through.  They hang on a little hook on a key holder in my kitchen, and each child can take the one that corresponds with their job for that week with them and use it to make sure they finish the job to my satisfaction!  Woohoo!  Please bless that it works!

I thought of posting the printables, but then I realized that your checklist would be different than mine.  So go ahead and make some!  You don't have to use MyMemories, I just really love it.  Go here for a deal for my readers if you're interested in acquiring the software at a discount.

Do you use a checklist system for helping your kids get chores done?  How is it working out?

I'm linking up with TTUT, because I just love these girls so much!





p.s.  I have some really awesome kids.  They are the loves of my life - they are just really lame at cleaning.

16 comments:

Date Girl said...

I love those lists! What a cute idea. I can't tell you how much this reminds me of my hubby. He's so great and considerate about helping out, but his version of clean and mine are soooo different. :-)

allstarme said...

Love those little cards! My son has a daily chore chart with magnets with pictures of the chores. Your post reminded me I need to hang that up and start implementing. After all, he's almost 5 and beyond capable of doing little things.

Sela Toki said...

Thanks for the great idea. Yes, my kids are exactly like yours. Say it's done just to go check and it isn't. Those are so helpful. I'm so doing it. Thanks!

Stacy Uncorked said...

What a great idea! My kids do the clean up exactly like your kids do. I think the checklists are brilliant - I'm definitely going to have to make some and see how they work for my kidlets. ;)


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VandyJ said...

Nice idea! I'm not that orgainzed but it looks like a great idea to get the job done. Right now Turbo only has his room to clean up and if he can walk across the floor it's "clean".

Impulsive Addict said...

Aren't all kids bad at cleaning? Except me. I was OCD. Now Emma is OCD. It's really scary to know that a 2 year old will sit and cry if the washcloth isn't put back where it's supposed to go.

Anyway, I LOVE your bright idea. You have some of those every once in a while. THANK THE BABY JESUS that you didn't post about your infatuation with Mike Brady.

I'm gonna steal this idea from you when Emma is old enough to do chores.....like maybe in a few months?

Thanks for linking up with us my dear sweet friend! xoxo

Nadine Hightower said...

Great Idea!! I used to have to do that with my co-workers!!

Shawn said...

This is a brilliant idea! I may make my own but I find it sad that I need to considering my kids are 12 and almost 18! I'm also going to share it with my girlfriend who had younger kids.

Thanks for linking up with us love!

Rachelle said...

That is such a cute idea! My kids could totally use that. Thanks for sharing!

becca said...

how cute I need to get these for little man to do chores by

MiMi said...

You really need to knock it off now you creative organized person.

FrouFrouBritches said...

That is so stinkin' cute! I need a checklist for my kids. They are filthy little creatures! Sadly, I probably need a checklist for myself as well! They get it honest.

Thanks for sharing. Great idea!

Emmy said...

Such a great idea! As yes, if they have to check it off then they will hopefully realize or wait I really do have to do that.

Very cute cards

Erika . . . with a K said...

What a wonderful idea! I always have to ask my daughter when she says she is done if it will pass Dad's inspection. She always insists that it will... it never does!

Mercy D'souza said...

What a cute idea.

A Randomlicious Blog for the Soul said...

I love it! I pinned this and am going to do it! Such a good idea. I think I need a checklist for myself! That way I can get stuff done throughout the week as well.
I like to have the house clean all at once and so I'm one of those that likes to do it all in a day.
Cleaning is a never ending task!