You all had some fabulous laundry suggestions last week! Thank you!!!
For the record, we absolutely do some delegating around this house. However, we need to improve this process 100 fold.
I don't currently delegate laundry, other than asking them to help "switch" it (washer to dryer, dryer to basket) and putting their own clothes away. And with 4 kiddos, I haven't completely figured out how "doing your own laundry" would work, because with shared rooms and hampers, and loads that need to be combined, it sounds very UNsimple to me.
But... I'm in the process of rearranging chores around our house. And helping with laundry will most certainly be one of them.
Right now, the only "regular" chores the kiddos have are "after dinner" chores.
One cleans off the table/Annabelle's high chair.
One empties the dishwasher and puts the dirty dishes in.
One cleans counters and sweeps the floor.
This works pretty well for us, except when days are skipped because of busy evenings, which with softball right now, is more often that I'd like.
But my sweet, wonderful children have taken this assignment of chores to mean that they are not responsible for anything else around the house, including things like, oh.... cleaning their room... picking up after themselves... not leaving their bathroom trashed... not putting clean clothes in the dirty laundry after they try them on and decide not to wear them which ends up being a LOT because, well, I have 4 girls... and girls like to try on clothes!... little things like that:-)
So..... We are in the process of implementing other chores/rules to help reign in the chaos that is our house.
Because the thing is.... I don't have time to clean/pick up the house on a daily basis when I'm "supposed" to be cleaning up the mess of 4 children and 2 adults. Between appointments, therapies, book writing, meds, and feeds... yeah, it just isn't there. I try... I really do. Some weeks are better than others.
Our new process (in development stages) will put the "picking up" on the people who MAKE the messes.
Mommy, in turn, will happily do the "deep" cleaning, such as vacuuming and moping and the like. (although they will be scrubbing their own bathroom... but I digress.)
I've jumbled around in my mind if we should tie this to allowances (which we currently don't do) but to be honest, I think cleaning up after themselves should be a given.
Now, if they want to take one of Mommy's chores... I'll be glad to give them a little something for their effort, ha!
Discussion: How do chores work in your house??? I welcome feedback/ideas from others as we revamp our chore policy around here!
We've had a yucky influx of sickies around our house. Lacy ran a fever most of the weekend, including a 104.7 temp on Friday night. I think she's on the mend, but we all have a bit of snot or cough and it's just ugh. Annabelle has it too, and while her O2 levels have been stable, they are visibly lower than she had been running (low 90's vs high 90's.) As long as it doesn't get any worse, I think we're fine. But just pray that we can "kick" this junk and get better!!!
Also, Scott and I are in prayer about a potential big decision we need to make soon. We'd appreciate your prayers for this pretty big (yet unspoken) prayer request.
OH! And to top off everything else... currently our air conditioner isn't working. (it runs, just not really cold, so we've kept it off because blowing lukewarm air helps nothing except to boost our electric bill...) We're hoping to get someone to look at it this week... but it is old (original to our 1993 built house...), and I'm praying they can "service" it to get us through another year without replacing it. Yet... we've prayed this every year since pretty much when we bought the house in 2007. Replacing it would be devastating to our finances, to say the least. But going without air all summer is NOT NOT NOT an option either. Anyway, your prayers are appreciated to that end as well!