Friday, June 5, 2009

Clearing the mental clutter one small step at a time

As of late, I have felt like I am drowning in house work, homeschooling, meal planning, cooking, diaper changing, nursing, laundry and such. I know other people have done this with many children (we currently have five kiddos ages 7 and under) and surely I can do it and not lose my mind in the process. One step towards this is setting up systems for the whole family to participate in, to run every aspect of the household. One such system is a chore system!

There is a semi-well known system called "Managers of Their Chores" by Steve and Teri Maxwell and that is what we're basing our system off of. My children have always been expected to participate in taking care of the house, but using this system I will no longer be having to remind them DAILY of things they should know to do without my reminding them. We have started today with just morning chores which involve making beds, brushing teeth, setting the table for breakfast, surface cleaning the bathroom vanities and toilets, clearing off and wiping the table, putting dishes in the dishwasher and putting pj's away. This morning ran smoothly because all I had to say to the children was "did you do all the chores on your chore cards?" and once they completed everything, I just did a quick check. Nothing was forgotten and I didn't have the stress of a nagging feeling that something was left undone.

We'll keep using just the morning chore cards for the next week and then add on afternoon cards and so on. One less item on my proverbial task list in my head. How wonderful! I highly recommend having a chore system and clean at least one more thing from your mental clutter list :D