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  1. We have recently started our home cleaning company and came across this article. Really appreciate you taking the time to educate us. You did an amazing job at keeping it informative and descriptive. Thanks again.

  2. Hi, your post is very unique and helpful, it leave me no excuse why I can’t get my house clean even with kids, your post is very educating and I learn many idea by giving kids task which will help them to be used with house cleaning.

    i will also keep to the idea of making sure I don’t extend today’s task till tommorrow. Your post is the type of post that every one need to read about.. I will be sharing your post on my social media for friends to benefit from it also.

    1. Hi Samuel, thanks for your comment. Now that we’ve written a post about it and did all the research to get the post, we also don’t have any excuse anymore. 🙂

  3. I am a firm believer in getting the children involved, giving them specific jobs to do, appropriate to their ages, and should be divided into, daily chores, twice weekly chores, and weekly chores and of course, continuous chores.

    In our family each child has a specific chore daily, one has to lay the table, knives, forks, spoons, side plates, another is responsible for putting dirty dishes, in the sink, and washing them,(including the pots), and putting all the clean items away.

    they are each responsible for tidying their own rooms, and putting their toys away, also for putting their dirty clothes in the laundry basket.

    As a young boy, my job once a week was to wash the kitchen floor,and sweep through the house,also early every morning to clean out the ashes from our coal stove,and put them in the rubbish bin, collect coal and kindling wood, make the fire,put the kettle on ,make tea,and take it to my parents in the bedroom.

    As parents we let the more responsible children help with the preparation of the food,shelling peas, peeling potatoes,and washing the various ingredients before cooking. 

    We all had a toy box, and were responsible, for putting all our toys away,each time we played with them.

    1. Wow, Robert. That’s amazing! We certainly need to include that in our routine. Thank you for sharing your experience. It’s much appreciated.

  4. Good afternoon Kevin and Jade,

    It was fun reading your post on how to keep your house clean and organized. I do not have children but a better half and animals, I suppose that also counts right?

    It reminded me of when I was young. I did have my own room and I was told to keep it tidy. I did not like that very much but my mother was adamant. Then I had to help dry dishes, no dishwasher in those times. Papa told me to mow the lawn or wash the car but that at least made me earn 1 guilder so that was not too bad. When my mother would make cookies or cakes you could find me in the kitchen for sure. Not so much to help but I would get the bowl to clean, I loved that.

    Luckily when I grew up I turned out an organized person and that has made my life a lot easier. Now I only need to keep my better half and animals in order, I think I will be able to manage that too.

    I think your post with so many links will be very helpful for young parents.

    Regards, Taetske

    1. Taetske, fur babies definitely count! 

      Though, I’m not sure you can get them involved in the clean-up. In my limited experience, they tend to make the mess worse. 🙂 Although, my uncle once trained a dog to go shopping for him at the local butchers. He always came home with fresh meat as he sniffs it first to make sure it’s fresh and growls at the butcher if it isn’t. So, maybe they can help clean, after all. 

  5. Thanks for your words!  I pretty much like and enjoy your blissful life site and its articles. When I decide to declutter, I have to keep it one room at a time but the one box or bin you mentioned multiplies a bunch of boxes and bins and finally its quite of a mess. This task list for kids is pretty useful and also making their own rooms to be as their responsibility helps a lot ! From my experience I like to give my son some extra tasks (after schoolwork done) and only by finishing them, he gets permission to play his videogames or watch his favourite YT videos. On the other hand, sometimes he has so good and teachfull ideas himself that I feel its called doing tasks itself. He was 5 years old when he started to edit his videos, after downloading or recording them without my help. 

    1. Thanks for your kind words, Jesse, and for sharing your experience. Your son sounds pretty amazing so kudos to you! 

  6. Hi

    It is always a chore to get a child to get to do housework without them seeing as a form of punishment. The techniques that you have highlighted are suitable, as long as the child sees it as a fun activity, which you can imagine is a difficult task to do. I also think it is up to the individual, as some people are naturally lazy and no matter what you try, they do not want to do it. It is so frustrating and you do not know what to do.

    In your article, you do not mention what to do in the dreaded teenage years, where getting them out of bed is a chore in itself. How do you do it?



    1. Hi Antonio, that’s an excellent question and one that we’ll need to write a whole post for so keep your eyes peeled. As for younger kids, you can also transform anything into a game. The trick is for you to also have fun (not always easy, I know) but they can sense if you’re stressed out and wouldn’t you know it, that’s when they dig in their heels. If you’re interested, you can read Playful Parenting by Dr. Lawrence Cohen ( #afflink) where he gives a lot of examples. Enjoy!

  7. Hallo there Kelvin and Jade, 

    I have to say a big thank you for the tips you have offered. My wife and I are a newly wed couple although we have 2 fairly grown kids, and we are just getting to learn how to control things around the house as a family. My wife is one of the people who get really stressed when the house is in a mess.

    She gets really irritated when she comes home and finds everything everywhere and she told me that the whole thing was really getting on her nerves. So I decided to get help from the internet (you guys!). 

    I particularly love the cleaning game. It is one of the things I never thought which can actually come in handy when you get to convince the kids it’s actually a game and it’s fun. I’ll be getting my wife to read this post. She’s going to love it.

    Thanks heaps for the help. It’s going to go a long way for me and my wife.

    1. Thanks for commenting, Dave. I can imagine what your wife is feeling. I personally have had to learn to lower my standards (a lot) but it still makes me anxious when I see the house in a state. Take your time and have fun – I personally think it’s the only way to get through it. Enjoy and let us know how you get on. 🙂

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