Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Stop the Madness NOW!

The holidays are coming – are you ready?

Have you put in place ideas and shortcuts that will make your life easier?

No? Why not? What are you waiting for?

Ideas you say? Steps you say? Then you’ve come to the right place.

Here you will find the ONE idea that rises above all others.
The one that will give you back your time.
The one that will cause you to do a happy dance.

I’m talking about THE FAMILY CLEAN UP.

What is that you may ask?

It’s a simple idea that removes YOU from being in charge of keeping your house neat. It removes YOU from being the person who bugs everyone else about keeping the house neat.

Takes a bit of rewiring your family at first, but then it’s a no brainer.

The simple steps:

  1. 1.Gather your family together twice a week. We use a bell, the same bell we ring for dinner time.

  1. 2.Everyone choses a job to do. In our house the choices are – quick vacuuming, cleaning the bathrooms, dusting and decluttering. You’ll have to spend some time at first showing your family members exactly how to do the job, but it’s worth it. Soon enough everything is running smoothly.

  1. 3.Each family member goes off and does their job. Since you’re all working together, no one feels they got the short end of the stick. And everything gets done quickly.

  1. 4.Results? In just 15 minutes or less, your house is neat, tidy and clean. (At least on the surface. I do a deeper vacuuming and bathroom cleaning once a week.)

  1. 5.Benefits? You no longer have to vacuum under kids feet while they are playing video games. That alone makes the entire thing worthwhile!

Now, I know you’re saying this will never work in your house.
Yes, it will.

Exclude no one from this, and expect them to show up. It might take some cajoling at first, but soon enough everyone will understand you mean business. And the trick to getting everyone to show up promptly? First come gets first choice of jobs!

The long term results of this idea are as follows:

  1. Your kids learn all types of home care jobs – enough to keep them going once they leave the nest.
  2. You are not a one woman cleaning team anymore.
  3. Your house is guest ready at all times.
  4. No one is late because first there gets first choice of jobs.

Try it out! Your family may surprise you…..one of my sons always picks cleaning the bathrooms!

Yes, it’s a bit radical to expect your family to help keep the house neat, but trust me, it works! It’s simply another shortcut, one that works for you and not against you.

What do you have to lose?

Do this one idea regularly, and your life will be saner. You will be happier. And your house will be neater.

See you next week!

PS – If you’re in need of some shortcuts designed specifically for the holidays, check out my free webinar replay called 

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