Monday, June 11, 2012

Rules, Cleaning, and Flowers

You may have already noticed that my posts are going up a little later now that school is out.  We are taking advantage of the new schedule by sleeping a little later and hitting the gym later.  It is pure bliss.  So tell me, those of you with school aged children, have you adjusted to the new routine?  It always takes us a week or two to get used to it.  Honestly it already feels like Snack Fest 2012 if you want to know the truth.  We are trying to lay some ground rules about dirty dishes, laundry, etc., but I would love your feedback.  Do you have house rules?  What chores are your kids responsible for?  Leave a comment or email me and I will include it in a future post. 


What I am about to say is putting me at risk of being the most boring person on the planet, but I really like a clean house.  Yes, I said it.  Fridays are my cleaning days and I actually look forward to it.  There is something luxurious about have a clean house on the weekend.  Clean sheets, fresh towels, wood floors that feel good under bare feet.  Check, check, and check.  After I get everything cleaned the way I want it, I cut a few flowers to place around the house.  It makes me feel good.  So, last Friday I snapped a few pictures after my ritual...



What about you - clean house, yay or nay?

29 comments :

  1. Yay yay yay! I feel like I've finally got my routines down pretty well to keep everything how I like it. I'm a little worried about this Summer though. School is out for us in a few weeks so I've been considering different chore systems to hopefully keep the chaos to a minimum around here. We'll see how it goes!

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  2. Well......I do love a clean house....
    I Share that feeling with you.....
    But....I don't have a schedule so it can get a little out of hand on occasion:)
    Those white hydrangea are my fav.....you've inspired me so maybe I'll straighten up a little today.....or not.

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  3. Yay! But I don't want to be the one doing it! I've got a 16 and 13 year old who help even in the summer. :)

    ~Amy F.

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  4. Yay all the way! Lovely hydrangeas by the way, mine are just starting to peak out of the plant here in Michigan. Your house looks very tidy and love the decor!
    I also love a clean house, different days of the week for certain things and Fridays are my BIG clean everything else day.

    Take care,
    Valerie

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  5. i love a clean house, too! i am not as religious about it though because i don't like cleaning, but i get super anxious when my house is a mess.... i just function better when it is in order around me. :) we are on day one of official break.... and the next few weeks are super busy so who knows if and when we will adjust!

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  6. yes...clean house! And I enjoy the cleaning, too! A dirty messy house kind of stresses me out!

    Lovely photos...nothing like fresh flowers!

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  7. I love the idea of a clean house;) But unfortunately I never quite fully get there...ugh. I was just thinking yesterday that I enjoy entertaining on Sundays--that way my house is "clean" to start the week and I'm not going into the week with a sink-full of dishes. Ahh...one day perhaps...

    Love all the fresh flowers sprinkled around your house. They're a lovely touch.

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  8. You too?

    But you're braver. I have never told anyone.

    XO T

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  9. No advice in the kid department of course.

    I totally agree that there is something awesome about enjoying the weekend in a clean house. Though most times it happens on Saturday. While I'm working on being more relaxed about it, I still can't handle going to bed with a messy kitchen or starting my day with a wreck of a bedroom. I'll be boring with ya. :)

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  10. Yes, I keep a tidy house! It's small and it can get very messy fast. Our son's only chore is taking out the compost - it's never too early to learn about recycling and taking care of Mother Earth!

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  11. First of all, your home looks lovely as always! I too love a clean house, so much so that it's hard for me to relax if it's not at least sort of clean! I wonder if anyone will actually admit that they don't care if their house is clean or dirty? Haha :)

    I used to make my kids do chores like make their beds of course, and sometimes they had to vacuum and dust their own rooms, but that was mostly for them to learn (because they generally didn't do a great job) but I felt it was important to have them do chores to learn personal responsibility and all that 'parenting' stuff.

    They were pretty well trained to put their dishes in the dishwasher, hang up their towels, put dirty clothes in the hamper, etc. Pretty normal, common courtesy type stuff. But they are out on their own now so their messes are their own problems! Ha!

    Enjoy your summer schedule and sleeping in a little Rene!

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  12. We are day #1 of week #1 into Summer break! My goal for this week is to give the kids a "bye" and let it all go a bit. Next week however, will be a different story! Weekly chores and a few "easy to follow" expectations about the messes, etc. Hopefully we are all on the same page and can peacefully co-exist and have fun for the next couple of months. Like you, I love a clean house and don't really mind the act of cleaning, my kids do not quite feel the same way!

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  13. Yes to a clean house, just makes me happy! Yes to kid chores, empty the trash, scoop the poop, mow the grass, and fold laundry, and sometimes I throw in empty the dishwasher or other little things. That sounds like a lot, but truly he still has time to play hours of sports a day, video games and a lot of sleepovers with friends...oh and if you're curious it doesn't all happen without some reminding (nice way of saying nagging)!

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  14. Fresh flowers (and a clean home) are always so nice. Our home is on the large size for our needs, and although we clean often I never feel like we get it all clean at one time. It is always a work in progress.

    We are not off for summer vacation until the very end of June. I'm in Education so I'm off then too and can hardly wait. I love the break from work, being able to concentrate more on our home and just taking it easy with the family.

    As for help around the house, our oldest son, 15, is really easy to parent. He may leave dishes about on occasion, but he is a huge help with lawn care, recycling and garbace, vacuuming the stairs, pet care, and has taken on a lot of diy and maintenance around the house. Our younger son, 13, is more of a challenge. We are working on getting him to bring his dishes to the sink and put the milk and ketchup back in the fridge, yes still a work in progress lol.

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  15. Yes! I am COMPLETELY like you - it's those *small* things in life that seem to bring me great joy. Having a clean and tidy house makes me feel calm and happy. I love that I can bring fresh from my garden flowers inside rather than purchasing them at Trader Joe's.

    I just dropped my girls off for their last Monday as a 7th and a 4th grader. I was in a panic last week wondering how the summer would look now that one is definitely too old for camps - I proceeded to fill my iCal with all our activities and travel plans then I updated a "chore chart" exclusively for summer! My pet peeves are dishes left in the sink and beds that never seem to get made! Friday is their last day....wish me luck!
    xo~Jill

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  16. I love a clean house but with kids dogs and a husband it doesn't always stay as clean as I would like. One new rule I've made is that my daughter is doing her own laundry (yay) and she has a chore list with one small thing to do each day of the week. It works well because each item on the list only takes 10-15 min. to complete and she has the rest of the day free.

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  17. I love a clean house too. Makes me feel so good! My kids only chores are to sweep the kitchen every night, take the trash out, and put their dirty clothes in the laundry room.

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  18. I'm right there with you, boring or not! Cleaning is therapeutic and I love the fresh and clean feeling of accomplishment. Happy Monday.

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  19. Clean house ALL THE WAY! And I think it's a fabulous idea that you set rules for cleaning up dishes and shoes, etc. Those are the habits that your boys will carry into college and their adult life. Trust me, some gal will be very happy that you ingrained these habits into your sons, Rene!

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  20. Love a clean house but hate having to do it. I would rather say I love having cleaned the house. Wish it would stay "done" longer. Jo @ Let's Face the Music

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  21. I am with you..there is nothing like the feeling of a clean house and fresh flowers...Your hydrangeas are gorgeous...I keep cutting mine off the shrub...can't get enough of them....then when I am finished cleaning, I sit back and "enjoy my surroundings" with a cup of tea..and say "life is good"!!....

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  22. I love a clean house but I get fairly overwhelmed in the summer. My goal these days is to have everyone clean up after dinner and neaten up the other areas at the same time.

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  23. Clean house? Yay all the way! I'm actually somewhat of a "clean freak" so I'm with you on this one!

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  24. I love a clean house too. Although it's harder to keep a clean house with the kids home. I like to clean on Fridays too - a clean home for the weekend is so relaxing!

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  25. School's out on Wednesday in my neck of the woods. We'll see how long they can go without fighting to the death.
    I'm definitely a yay in the clean department. If the house is a mess, so is my mind. I can't relax if I'm staring at anything that needs to be done. And I always have fresh flowers in all the rooms too. Makes the room happy!

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  26. Goodness your hydrangeas are beautiful! So...I love to have a clean house, but I don't love to clean. I just saw a pin that said, "Cleaning with kids in the house is like brushing your teeth while eating Oreos." Oh, I just laughed and laughed!

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  27. I am a little giddy when my house is clean! I wish it were clean more often--I mean really clean--but when it is, everything seems better. I also love putting fresh flowers or greenery out--I love spring for that reason. I used to get so teenager-ish annoyed with my mom for making me clean my room, or put things away, etc but now I totally get it! My kids are going to start rolling their eyes at me the same way I used to before long...

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  28. Your home looks beautiful! Yes, I love a clean home, but with a busy family, it sure doesn't seem to stay that way.

    - The Tablescaper

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  29. Yes! Friday is the perfect cleaning day, getting everything all freshened up for the weekend. I wish I could do this every week, on schedule. And bringing in some flowers makes me so happy too. Maybe when I'm home full-time I can get a cleaning (and fresh flower) schedule down ;-)

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