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How do you feel about cleaning? Is it something you enjoy or something you dread? Maybe it depends on the day or the chore that lies ahead. I will admit I love my vacume cleaner! There is something euphoric about those stroke marks on my carpets. But on the other hand I would be happy if I never had to deal with another dish or piece of laundry again! What ever your feelings about cleaning it doesn't change the fact that staying on top of your cleaning schedule is crucial to staying organized.

Organize Your Cleaning Schedule:Don't make the mistake of taking on ALL of the cleaning chores by yourself. If you live with other people, save yourself some time by splitting up the cleaning and making each person in the home responsible for part of it. (excluding children under 2). Anyone else can do something to pitch in. Even small children can be taught to pick up their own toys.

*This week's goal is to make a list of all the chores that need to be done around the house. Break them down into daily, weekly and monthly activities. Then create a chore chart and have a family meeting to delegate jobs. Post the chart so everyone can see it on a daily basis.

*Consider implementing a reward system for your children. For example if they complete their chores for the week (or the month) they get to choose a family activity or they get an allowance. Do what works for your family. In our house the kids LOVE "Family Movie Night". I love how something so simple can get them so excited! We pull the bed out of the sofa, pile it with pillows and blankets, serve popcorn and we watch a movie that we all agree on.

Tip:
Save space by minimizing cleaners. Don't get sucked in by all those marketing ploys that make you think you need a special cleaner for every room, appliance or fixture in your home. Start buying one all-purpose cleaner whenever possible.

Question of the week: What is your favorite tip saving cleaning tip?

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Comment by Jennifer Ford Berry on January 25, 2009 at 5:42pm
I think a lot of moms think that but if you get them in the habit of helping now you will save yourself a lot of aggravation in the future,
Comment by Maureen on January 24, 2009 at 5:12pm
I wish I had my kids help more, but so often it seems easier to do it myself than deal with the pain of getting them to do a chore.... :-(

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