Saturday, February 14, 2009

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Housework Misery

Most moms I talk to hate laundry. The way it piles up, the way it's never done, the way it seems to multiply.

Me? I've never minded laundry much. I wash it all one day, let it pile up in baskets, then fold it the next. Folding laundry is about the only time I watch videos, so it's almost a treat to settle down for several hours and fold. I used to do all the laundry once a week, but the piles became too enormous and overwhelming, so now I wash on Mondays and Thursdays and fold on Tuesdays and Fridays. It always amazes me how many loads I can wash, though, even doing it twice a week. Yesterday, I folded 8 baskets of clothes. My thoughts started wandering towards speculating how much laundry there would be when we have six teenagers at home plus other children. I had to tell my mind to change the subject, as I began to feel a bit overwhelmed.

But while laundry is no big deal to me, what I really hate doing is cleaning my hard floors. I don't mind vacuuming, but mopping?

When we built our house, we put in a rather large kitchen area, with space for several tables when we have guests. We also put in lots of laminate flooring, which is fairly indestructible and fairly easy to clean. In addition to the kitchen, we have about five rooms with hard floors and over 1000 square feet of it. With seven messy kids wandering in and out, the floors get pretty dirty really quickly. I love everything about my big kitchen, until it comes time to clean the floors. I don't know why I hate it, but I do.

So what work do you hate the most?

Note: cross-posted at my blog, Hands Full & Loving It

Saturday, February 7, 2009

The Phantom Post Returns!

Well, I knew I had posted a challenge about chores for January. However, when I went to comment on it recently, I saw it had disappeared, and I went around scratching my head thinking I must be crazy or something. Or rather, I thought Blogger ate it. Well, it didn't eat it, it just glitched it. When it posted, it gave it the year of 2008. Why it would do that, I don't know. But I have to extend a hearty thanks to my dear friend, Sally, for doing the detective work and finding it. Anyhow, in light of this faux pas, we're extending the challenge through February! So, get your kids and chore charts together and join us on this newest challenge!

The original post is reprinted below.


Everyone knows that laundry is a big deal in a large family household. However, there is a lot more to do than just clean dirty clothes. That usually means that everyone needs to pull their weight, including the kids. So the dreaded word comes up...CHORES! I have to admit, there are some families who do not struggle in this area. Their kids pitch in and their house is orderly and tidy most of the time. No, I'm not making that up! However, I am *not* among that group. Like most large families (and most small families from what I hear), motivating kids to pitch in regularly can be a challenge. And so for our newest Household Challenge, I felt a chore challange would be a good idea. This challenge is a bit different in that it doesn't endeavor for the players to create a chore system, but to look at the various chore systems out there and come up with a gameplan which will work for their family. That may mean using one system, taking pieces of different systems, or coming up with something all-together different.

Okay, and here's the twist. Mom (and/or Dad) play too. Meaning this is not simply a mission to get the kids on schedule, but the parents too! So, when making your chart, be sure to include whatever grown-ups will be playing.

The challenge will last from January 1st to January 31st. Ideally, players should plan to incorporate the system for at least 2 week and track your progress. However, if you can swing it for 1 week, that's fine too. You should note what system you are using, what kids are using it, and give an update of daily progress (an overview of the progress after the fact is acceptable). Any rewards, allowances, or incentives should be noted too.

We're also going to kick this up a notch by allowing a community vote of the winner.

If you are participating, please leave a note in the comments section or email us at lotsofkids123[at]

Good luck!

*Okay, I do have to apologize for posting this more than a week late, but the holidays really did get crazy around here. Hoping everyone had a wonderful Christmas/Hanukkah/Whatever!* ~Mirz

Thursday, February 5, 2009

New Challenge???

Well, this is one of those things that is either a bit of techno-glitch and a bit of scratch-your-head. I had posted over a month ago about the new Household Challenge...a chore challenge. And I KNOW I had it not only in my drafts, but posted it to this page.

And now it's gone....

And because of my crazy life these last few weeks, and being sick, I'm not sure how long it has been gone. So, I guess I'll have to have a do-over! I will post details of the challenge later today, as I have to reconstruct my notes.

Sorry about this folks. Hopefully we'll get some more people involved and have a great run through February.