Four years ago we moved from a 1,000 square foot house to a 7,000 square foot house. At that time we had five small children. We were extremely content at our old house. We lived a minimalistic lifestyle and kept things simple.
The only reason we moved to a different house was due to it being a great opportunity and wonderful investment property.
The Old House The New House
- 1,000 square feet 7,000 square feet
- 1 bathroom 8 bathrooms
- 4 bedrooms 8 bedrooms
- Two floors Three floors
- Two porches/decks Six decks/porches/balconie
The old house was easier to maintain and keep up on things. The new house put our family into another ball game when it came to maintenance and daily upkeep. When we moved into our new house, I was 9 months pregnant and had our seventh child three weeks later.
I know it seems that lately as I am doing quite a bit of writing on cleaning and organization, but these topics are essential to the housekeeping in a homemakers life.
While its true that cleaning and organizing are often a bore and can seem quite a drag, but if a homemaker is allowing an attitude of disgust and boredom to creep; in can quickly become an attitude of discontent and laziness. It is important to conquer those type of thoughts and not let one of idleness creep in.
Proverbs 6:9-11 “How long will you lie there, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man.”
Okay, back to the facts……
- No, we’re not rich….so far from the truth.
- We are blessed to have this house and do not take it for granted.
- There is and continues to be a lot of repairs and upkeep.
- It requires daily diligence and consistency on our parts.
- With six children the house can be trashed within a few minutes, so organization is key.
So How Do We Do It?
If you have read any of my other posts, you know we live a pretty streamlined life. The following blog articles will offer some help and insight as to how we keep our home clean and organized, and how you can as well.
Back on track, how do we do this?
- All hands on deck: Every Saturday my children, husband, and I do the same routine as soon as breakfast is done. We have been doing it so long, it is natural.
- Routine: We know the routine and what is expected from each of us. We do not clean every single thing in our house at one time. Each day has its own routine, but the big day is Saturday because we are all home at the time with no pressing place to be. While it would be easy to leave all the cleaning for Saturdays, that is not very practical. Who wants to spend all day Saturday in the house washing laundry, cleaning bathrooms, and such?
- Consistency: We do the exact same thing every Saturday. While each child has a daily routine, each has their own routine they are solely responsible for on Saturday.
Child Saturday Routine
- Dust bedroom
- Vacuum bedroom
- Sweep and mop their bathroom
- Clean bathroom
- Clean off their desktop
- Bring any dirty laundry to the washer
- Tidying up anything else
*My husband works in the basement, yard, or garage on things that need to be cleaned or repaired.
*The kitchen is my responsibility, along with laundry, and meal prep while the children are off completing their tasks.
4. Cleaning supplies ready: The cleaning supplies are ready to go and each family member is aware of where it is located.
5. Multiple cleaning supplies on hand
6. Consequences: If a chore is not done or it needs to redone properly by my husband or I, then our child “pays” us by doing another chore.
7. Rewards: After the one hour is over, we are then rewarded with our own free time. Delayed gratification is a wonderful pay off and makes the reward of free time much sweeter.
Often the best reward time is the time we spend together. It is truly the little things that become important and allow one to be content.
To work together and have a cheerful attitude provides a wonderful example to our children that we can serve the Lord as we glorify Him.
“But if you refuse to serve the LORD, then choose today whom you will serve. Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates? Or will it be the gods of the Amorites in whose land you now live? But as for me and my family, we will serve the LORD.” Joshua 24:15