Welcome to part two of Monica’s mini series, Home Maintenance While Homeschooling!
Monica is guest writing for me at the blog this week while our family is on vacation, and I hope you’re enjoying her practical and fun homemaking tips!
If you missed part one of Monica’s series, you can read it right here: The Kitchen & Bathroom
Here’s part two: The Living Room & Kids’ Bedrooms.
Yesterday we looked at simple short cuts for maintaining the kitchen and bathrooms.
Today let’s tackle the living room and those messy bedrooms!
The main way to maintain a living room is to limit what comes (and stays!) in the living room. I don’t know about your kids, but mine would rather bring their toys to the area where the action is going on- the “living” room.
Now I am a pretty laid back mama (or so close friends tell me) so this is fine with me. My kids have moments of
insanity normalcy when they like to retrieve every blanket, quilt, throw, and comforter we own and pile them in the living room to play what appears to be the most fun game of the century.
I think, for the living room, the way to keep it clean is to just stay on it.
For chores, I divide my living room into three sections and assign my three oldest a section which they are to straighten twice daily and sweep once daily. The other in between times, it may or may not look like a jungle maze of covers, pillows, blocks, dolls, cars, and dress up clothing.
I justify my living room by saying that it IS indeed a living room–full of life with a lot going on.
Decide what you will keep in your living room.
I have a box of wooden blocks and a box of Legos in our living room. My kids play with them so much that I just leave them there close by our rug. They have to be put away when they are finished playing. Keeping just two boxes of non-random toys is not hard to maintain.
What about the d-word? D-d-d-d dust!
Well one certainly can’t maintain dust when maintaining a living room! The way I handle the dust is to dust as I see the need. I usually just grab a damp towel and give the furniture a once over as I see it’s needed. It takes two or three minutes.
When school is over and done for a while, then you can take down the curtains and wash them, take the rug out and shake it, and mop under the couches and chairs.
For now, maintain by daily sweeping and twice daily straightening (assign to kids), putting toys, covers, pillows, etc., back where they belong, limit the toys that stay in the living room, and dust when needed.
My favorite way to maintain a bedroom during the busy school year is to use my trusty timer. I love to see how neat I can get my bedroom in five minutes. I set my timer and I speed-make my bed (it’s a king size, too) and pick up items that are on the floor. I basically work until the timer goes off.
My kids probably really think I am goofy with my timer. I just say, men have hammers and women have timers!
I love to look at how transformed my room is in just five minutes!
My kids clean their own room but some times mama just can’t wait till the summer to clean out from under the beds. Especially before Sunday mornings or Easter or revival. So I grab an extra miraculously-empty laundry basket and get everything out from under the beds. Just put it all in the basket until a convenient season. Which never comes during a busy school year, does it?
So, every day take ten things out of the basket and put them where they belong. In just three or four days, the basket will be empty and hopefully, underneath the bed is still clean!
By the way, a laundry basket will set neatly and inconspicuously on top of a toy box or dresser until you have emptied it. And then you can return it to the….
And we’ll tackle that in tomorrow’s post!
For now, tell me:
Do you struggle to keep the living room presentable?
What about those bedrooms?
Monica is passionate about honoring God, her husband, homeschooling, homemaking, homesteading, helping other women, & healthy living. She and her husband have six children, ages 12 years to 22 months, and live on a small farm in the good ole South. They enjoy singing together as a family and using their talents as a ministry. She and her husband enjoy teaching music lessons on the side. She can be found blogging (very sporadically) at www.simplefarmmama.wordpress.com.