So, for those who are new to my blog, here's some background. I've become fed up with the clutter around the house and have decided to put my kids to work this summer. I know a lot of you are in the same situation so I'm doing an experiment that I hope we can all benefit from.
My inspiration is the QUEEN of home, Martha Stewart and my guide is her homekeeping book. It arrived last week - just in time for the kids' summer vacation! We're into our first week and things have been pretty successful thus far. Of course, the week isn't over yet so I'm still hopeful that all of our weekly "to dos" will actually happen.
Here's how we started. I decided for a team approach (vs. dicatator) so I thought we should pick jobs out of a hat. My daughter made little slips of paper for each chore. We've picked from the hat every day and I have to say so far it's worked out pretty well. Of course, I'm still doing a lot of the work, but the kids are 100% more involved which makes our house a lot happier. The only thing I have to let go of is the fact that I can't control when things get done. What gets done depends on what is picked out of the hat. Of course, I can always pick and choose which jobs get put in the hat on any given day.
So far, the most desirable job is steam cleaning the floor. This thing has changed my life! No more scrubbing on our hands and knees everyone!
Martha's book devotes a chapter to each room in the house. She advises us on how to best utilize, arrange, organize and clean each room. I figure I'll dedicate one week per room and report back on what I find.
The first room of focus is the kitchen. It's a VERY overwhelming chapter so I'll just share a couple of ideas that I happen to use myself. See, maybe I'm already a bit like Martha?
The first idea has to do with cooking and keeping oils, salt and pepper on the counter, ready for action. I've been doing this for years and I have to say it makes cooking faster and more enjoyable. I hate always opening and closing cabinets to get the essentials. I also keep my top cooking utensils in a container on the counter. The second idea is to keep your sink essentials in a tray. You can always find cheap silverplate pieces at yard sales for less than $5. Perfect for this purpose.
Okay - I'm signing off now. Need to get some rest so I can rally the troops again tomorrow!
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