Keeping The House Clean: Large Family Addition

Hey guys! Today I am sharing something that charged my life as a mom and person. It’s made my home stay clean and my kids stop annoying me. Sounds unrealistic without selling them, right? Well that isn’t the case!

So what is my secret? It’s accountability. My kids all have chores, but to take out nagging me and me constantly having to remind them what needs to be done, I got out a white board and wrote them a message.

Here is what it reads –

We actually rewrote this recently on a chalkboard which looks much better, but it didn’t photograph well. So basically here it is –

Before you ask “can I?”, ask yourself “have I?”

Have I _________? (They now fill in the blank as they go)

1. Made my bed 2. Brushed my teeth 3. Done my chores 4. Made sure my bathroom is clean 5. Taken care of my dishes 6. Picked up my dirty clothes 7. Cleaned my room – including picking up trash, clothes, toys 8. Made sure the yard is clean (toys and balls picked up) 9. Have been kind, respectful and on good behavior

If they ask to play with friends, on the Play Station, for snacks (food other than main meals), or anything else, they are directed to this list. If the list is not complete and they ask, they are given push-ups along with finishing their chores.

It might not seem like a lot, but this little trick has been so life changing for our home! It’s finally staying clean and tidy and the kids are taking care of their responsibilities!

You are welcome! Hope it works in your home!

I’ve teamed up with some other bloggers to bring you more organizing tips, tricks and hacks! Be sure to head to each of their blogs to find out what kind of organizing tips they have for you!





Published by Not Ur Average Mom Of 5

Most importantly, I am a mother of 5. I don't have your typical happily ever after family. I am divorced (one of those nasty messy ones), I have way too many bills (don't we all) and I really don't have any interesting hobbies (wasn't always that way, I grew up riding horses) I am in a relationship with the love of my life and my happily ever after. He is the most amazing and loving person I have ever met. Payton deals with my crazy life and family and embraces is with so much love and support. He is the BEST dad and father figure I know). He is an Engineer for our local fire department and that is HARD. I honestly am so proud of him and so proud of what he does BUT I HATE his job, I hate nights away and I hate the time it takes from our family. People don't realize how difficult it is. At the end of the day, I am so thankful for him and our life together, I can't wait to spend forever with him. My kids....they are terrorists. Seriously. I grew up as an only girl out of 4 total kids. I always wanted 4 kids - 2 girls and 2 boys. Well, the big man upstairs had other plans! I am bless with one daughter and four sons. My daughter is the oldest. Makenzee Adele is 11, going on 18. She is smart and hardworking and LOVES school. Caleb is next. He is 9 and so loving. He works really hard in school and loves baseball. Next is Connor. He is 7 and very advanced in school. He hates doing any school work and has the silliest personality and can light up a room. Connor plans to play professional football for the Arizona Cardinals when he grows up. Moving forward is Keegan. I had the worst pregnancy with him. I had Hyperemisis Gravidum and was on home IV and Zofran for the majority of the pregnancy. He was born healthy and is 4 and a wonderful boy who causes more trouble than necessary (he was recently diagnosed with Autism and ADHD). Lastly is Rhett. He is the baby and loves getting treated like he is. He was born April 5 (I am seriously not changing the months constantly) and LOVES cuddles possibly more than his dad. So that is a bit about me and my family! Subscribe to my blog to read more about my WILD ride!!

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