My children have been responsible for cleaning their bedrooms for several years. This started when I realised that their bedroom reflects what will one day become their home; a good portion of housecleaning skills that the children will need when they are responsible for a home can be practiced here in their bedrooms. Dusting, cobwebs, fingerprints, decluttering and organising, changing sheets, sweeping/mopping the floor, changing lights, looking after airconditioners. Because our children share a room with their brother or sister there is also an opportunity to learn to do your fair share, to do extra, to bless someone else, and to be considerate of the other person’s needs and schedule.
We call doing all this ‘Bedroom Bless’ (thanks to Flylady). I plan on this happening every week but reality is it happens every two weeks.
I have given the kids a list of tasks that need to be done and they have divided it up to suit themselves. My job is to keep them accountable – keep them on task. To help with that I have designated a time slot on most Fridays to do our bedroom, but because Fridays can be busy we have an overflow timeslot on Saturdays. Saturday morning is for catching up with all the chores that didn’t happen during the week. This means if the kids are diligent in doing a little every day they have very little to do on Saturday.
When I work on Zones in my house I divide it up into three different parts: Declutter and make nice, Vertical surfaces and Horizontal surfaces. The kids Bedroom list (and mine) looks like this:
- Change Sheets
- Declutter – put your stuff away and make your room look nice (the girls take more notice of this aspect than the boys do!)
- (boys extra Family Room window)
- (girls extra Office window)
- Curtains (once a month)
- Empty bin (wash it once a month)
- Dust furniture
- Fan and Airconditioner
- Shake mats
- Floor – sweep weekly
- Floor – mop monthly