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Room-To-Room: How to get a spotless house while drinking a cold beer.

 

 

room to room

Usually I assign jobs like vacuum, dust, laundry, but it always seems like something gets left out when I check up on them after completion.  “Oh, I was supposed to vacuum the hallway and your room?”  Ummm, YEAH! Pretty sure there is carpet in both of those places!  “I couldn’t reach there”, when I ask if everything got dusted…And just to be clear – you couldn’t reach the baseboards?  Is that what you’re saying?  UGH!  Kids!

 

bad dogSo I decided to drag them around the house like training puppies and ask them over and over, “You think that’s clean?  Well do you?” I need a rolled up newspaper or empty milk jug to spank them and throw them out in the back yard – but then I’d have to do all the chores myself.  Scratch that!  I put on my teacher pants and gently remind them what my expectations are.  So we all hold hands and start in one room.  I let them tell me what they think needs to be done and we start there.  There’s lots of getting in each other’s way and some pushing, but I’m always up for free entertainment.  Then I point out details, they do those tasks, and we move on to the next room.

This takes a little longer and involves more supervision but it beats the frustration of telling them to do something and it looks like nothing got done.  Besides, it gives my next beer in the freezer time to get nice and cold.

 

 

remember kids

 

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6 comments on “Room-To-Room: How to get a spotless house while drinking a cold beer.

  1. Florence Callender
    April 15, 2014

    Ha Ha! So funny, Michelle. But definitely the way to get what you want done, without the feigned or real misunderstandings. More power to you, mama.

  2. Kevil
    April 15, 2014

    Thanks! Sometimes I wonder if I’m mean or brilliant. I’m really just faking it and hanging on for dear life!

  3. krangara
    April 15, 2014

    Hello Michelle

    You had me grinning from the first word! 😉 I am sure my mom had similar experiences with me, but then she always re-cleaned what we clean, so I just shrugged and let her do it right the first time. 😛

    Like Florence said, “More power to you, dah-ling” #HUGSSSS

    Lots of love
    Kitto

    • Kevil
      April 15, 2014

      I know a lot of kids that get conditioned like this…”if I hold out, mom will just do it”. But I have incredible will power 😉 Just kidding – it just pisses me off when I have to clean up something I didn’t create. I never give in – you would think they would catch on, but apparently the will is strong with them as well (I’m no Star Wars geek, but did you see what I did there?) 😀

      • krangara
        April 15, 2014

        Darling – you have to explain. Until a week ago, I thought ‘Star Wars’ was called ‘Star World; a horrified group of #StarWarsFanatics called me out! hehehehe

        BUT I agree with your assessment on the will-power of your children. I was very stubborn about being sloppy. #hehe Thankfully, my mum hates untidiness and just picked me after me 😉

        OKAY, so I was not the most helpful child, but I was still very adorable! hehehehehe

        Thanks for responding to your comment, darling!

        Kitto

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