“How do you do it all???” Over the years, I have been asked this question a LOT. I love giving any helpful tips to moms that I can because, let’s face it- keeping house and children and managing life is pretty hard! One of the weapons in my housekeeping arsenal is what are called Standard Cleaning Sheets. I went through many housekeeping “systems” before settling on this one years ago. I can honestly say that this has been one of the single most effective ways that we train our children to help with chores and household tasks. It unifies all of us so that we all know what is expected and helps to eliminate any excuses as to why certain things don’t get done. In times of sickness, or postpartum days, these lists can be followed by ANYONE, including dad, to keep the household together and running smoothly. So, today, I’m sharing my standard cleaning sheets for EVERY room in my house that you can print, laminate and begin using them right away with your family!
**Note- obviously your house may be different than mine, so feel free to only print out the pages that will be useful to you, or, use mine as a jumping off point and go make your own with the blank sheet I provide at the end of the download!
Each Sheet has:
The name of the room to be cleaned ( 😉 )
Daily tasks- these tasks are what needs to be done daily in order to ensure cleanliness and order usually done by a parent or older child.
Helper tasks- These are age-appropriate tasks for a younger sibling to help with alongside the older sibling or parent. —usually none in bathrooms for sanitary reasons.
Weekly tasks- These are the deep-clean tasks that must be done once a week, usually Fridays for us.
Monthly tasks- These are the tasks that don’t normally get done but save me a huge headache if they are done monthly. I tend to do a lot of these myself or with a helper.
Train those Kiddos!
Through the years, people have observed my children being able to do their own laundry, cook, and help with cleaning the house. The question I always get is “HOW do you accomplish this???” My very first answer is that I have a simple system by which I train them when they are younger: Standard cleaning sheets. These laminated pieces of paper set the ‘standard’ by which we train our kids to clean. “Helper Tasks” are where we begin, training the younger child to learn to be ‘a help’ around the house. Once they know how to do their helper tasks well and they are old enough, we begin training them on the rest of the list. But YOU have to train them. It takes time and consistency to help your child learn how to clean according to the standard sheet, but I promise you, that temporary commitment on your part will yield long-term benefits! Not only will you gain some much needed help around the house, but your kiddos will learn valuable life skills that will serve them well in their adult lives!
Even Hubby Can Help!
Another benefit of having the standard cleaning sheets is that your husband no longer has to play the guessing game concerning what you really want. He can easily look at the list just like the kids and help as needed. My own husband has confessed many times through the years that he would have loved to have been more helpful if only he knew how- this system solves that problem in the housekeeping area. During times of childbirth, sickness and busyness, my husband has been able to jump on board easily and follow the list with the kids to be a huge help to me. Win!
Lastly, and this is my favorite benefit of this system- it eliminates excuses and the stress that comes with them! When chore time is over in my house, we all simply consult the sheet for each room. If anything is left undone, the sheet speaks for itself and the child needs to complete the list before moving on to any other activity. Yes, we’ve had bad attitudes at times, and we have had to work through character issues just like every other normal family out there, but because we all agree that the standard cleaning sheets are ‘the standard’, everyone knows when they are not working as well as they should be. No more arguing, no more “I forgot” or “I didn’t know” excuses… the list confirms whether or not we are following it.
My house isn’t always perfect, we’re a large family so it gets messy quickly, but with the Standard Cleaning Sheets, it also gets cleaned quickly!
Standard Cleaning Sheets for All!
Are you ready to have some structure, have a cleaner house AND train your kiddos at the same time??? I know I sure was years ago when I was drowning in laundry, dust, toys and crumbs all over my house! I am offering my sheets for FREE to all subscribers, plus a bonus blank sheet for you to customize the system to your own home. Yay for free! Subscribe today for this and more free printables designed to help you live the fruitful life God intended for you to live!
Happy and Fruitful Housekeeping!