You get that phone call and panic. You know the one. “We’re on our way to your house for a quick visit. Be there soon.” What to do??!!! First, get all hands on deck. And then do a quick clean. Helpful tip: the more kids you have, the more can get done….maybe. I ignorantly used to think that with five kids, I’d never have to do much cleaning. After all, I want them to all be responsible and learn to do chores, right? It turns out, there’s just more people I have to pick up after now. But, it’s not always like that and they do pitch in when needed.
One method I use often is to have some simple chores, that take very little time to accomplish, and have them written down on pieces of paper. Then the kids just draw a chore and that’s the one they are responsible for doing. I used to write them on popsicle sticks but the kids quickly learned to try to read the stick before drawing so folded paper works best for us now.
Of course, I still have to have the words in the middle of the slip and fold it several times so there’s no peeking!
So, if you have little time and just need to feel like you’ve accomplished something, here’s ten easy chores that you can do in ten minutes or less!
- Make a bed
- Refresh towels in bathroom
- Vacuum a room
- Empty trashcans
- Clear off table and wipe down
- Quick pick up of a room
- Swish toilet
- Wipe down counters and sink
- Sweep a room
- Shake out the welcome mat
I know two more that we used to always need:
- Empty shoe basket (I used to keep a basket by front door to encourage kids to take their shoes off in the house but everyone’s shoes ended up staying in the basket all the time!)
- Take stuff upstairs! (When we lived in a two story house, things would accumulate at the bottom of the stairs with the intention that whenever anyone went upstairs, they would take something with them. Ahem.)
I know it’s easier said than done, but staying on top of your housecleaning makes it so much easier. I’ve finally learned that lesson and incorporate some cleaning as part of our homeschool day every day and have the kids help. My teenage son can make some seriously pretty carpet lines when he vacuums now!
Looking for different useful tasks (not just cleaning) that you can do in 5 to 60 minutes a day? Click here or on the graphic for more awesome ideas.