I mentioned earlier that we have done a better job this month of getting chores done. I thought I'd share one thing I've used to help my kids. I actually learned this from a mom I knew when we lived in Kentucky, even before I had kids.
For each room, this mom had typed out "This room (bedroom, bathroom, whatever) is clean when" . . . and then listed all the things that have to be done for that room to be clean. About a month ago, I posted the kids' chore lists on the dining room wall instead of putting them just in the binder. Then, I made "Your room is clean when . . ." lists for their rooms. I plan to make lists for the bathroom chores as well - "The toilet area is clean when . . .", "The vanity area is clean when . . . ", and "The bathroom floor is clean when . . ." The bedroom list includes the following: clean clothes put away, dirty clothes in hamper, everything picked up off floor, floor is clean (swept once a week), the bed is made. Now the kids don't guess about whether or not their room is clean enough for my taste. And, frankly, even with the list, I'd be happier if things were a little more tidy on the desks and in the drawers, but the list gives us all a reference.
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