So...I have a question: do you have a method for keeping your house orderly when your children are home all day (as in, during the summer or on the weekends)?
We currently have no method. Sometimes we do an evening cleaning. Sometimes we clean all weekend. It's spotty and ill-enforced. It can depend on the day, how much we are home/in the house, and who is (or is not) actually available to do the cleaning. Consequently the house spends a lot of time in messy chaos when all the children are home.
I think it would be highly advisable to have some a plan or set expectations for my sanity this summer! But what? Chore charts? Set times to clean up? Rules to restrict play to certain items? (Actually, there's no way that last one is going to work in our house....)
I am also interested in some tangental things like:
- What are non-cleaning children (like a one-year-old) doing while the older ones are cleaning?
- What is a reasonable expectation of cleanliness?
- How about a reasonable expectation of frequency or time spent cleaning? (Since Noah is 7 and Mattias is 4, I guess expectation in line with their ages would be good...)
- How much supervising/helping do you do?
Seems like I should know this stuff after 7 years, but I still haven't figured it out.