Operation get everything done officially commences today. I am sick of the same old same old, day in and day out. I’ve been sick of it for so long; I’m not even sure when it all started. Things were still pretty crazy up until the day that X decided to climb through the living room window. After that, I’d have to say the same old same old commenced rather quickly. I clean while the kids were at school, and then they’d come home and it would all come undone.
It has been better lately, but there is still a ton of room for improvement. That’s where my little war plan comes into effect. I’m thinking that this way, I may actually get somewhere instead of feeling like I’m trapped in the middle of Groundhog Day.
This week, the first thing I’m going to implement is chore charts for both Ryli and Landry. They are both little tornadoes, so if I can get them participating in this, I think that things will get better for all of us. I’m still working out the reward(s) just to get them started off motivated to do their chores just until it becomes habit. I’m thinking that in February, Ryli will start to get a bit of an allowance in conjunction with completing her chores, as she’ll be 5 and I can then start teaching her more about the ins and outs of money. One thing that I do think that I will use as a motivator is our Friday night camp-outs in the living room.
The chores are starting out rather simple. You know basic things like getting ready for school, hanging up backpacks after school, picking up their messes, and things of that nature. Ryli gets to help with dinner, and Landry gets to help clean up after dinner. Those will switch back and forth every week. They also have weekly tasks, which are things they actually like to do. Ryli gets to wipe down the front of everything in the kitchen, which she will take over if I start doing it. Landry, already showing the typical toilet humor that all boys seem to share, LOVES to scrub the toilets. I have to keep the toilet brushes hidden from him. Hair washing also makes the weekly list, but it has a set number of times in a week they have to do it.
After they get used to it, my hope is that they’ll become so used to doing the things on their charts that they will continue to do them, even if the chore chart changes to a different list of chores. I’m just trying to get them into some habits that will make all of our lives a little easier.
The main area that I intend to concentrate on for myself is the entire lower level and the stairway to the upper level. Today, my goal is to just get everything where it’s supposed to be. I'm not going to do anything overly nit-picky. Tuesday, I will focus all my energy on getting everything in the kitchen the way I want it. Putting the small appliances where I want them, organizing the pantries, cupboards and drawers the way that work the best for me, things like that. Wednesday will be devoted to the “office” area of the living room and the entertainment center. I won’t be touching the things that can’t be seen by the average person, however. That is for when the rest of the house is done, because the majority of that is filing and/or throwing away.
Wednesday will be spent on the remainder of the living room (including the area that is the dining room) the half-bath, and entryway. That will essentially pave the way for Thursday and Friday to be split between the closet/room under the stairs, the stairway itself, and laundry. I figure this will allow for plenty of time for me to decide for sure what I want to do with the space under the stairs. I am leaning heavily towards making that the train room for Ryli and Landry’s ever-growing Thomas and friends (and track) collection.
Saturday and Sunday, while the munchkins are with Memaw, Pepaw, and X, I’ll get started on the upstairs. It’s my hope that Saturday I can knock out my room, the hallway, and the two hall closets, thereby giving me all day Sunday to devote to their room. That way, Monday until I finish with it, I can put all their keeper toys where they’ll reside and begin the purge that I have no chance of doing unless they are out of the house and fully occupied. What better time than during the school day? And they have a ton of toys that they’ve outgrown that I’ve already made plans to donate, so they’ll get another chance to make some kids happy. Then there are those that will unfortunately make the trek to the dumpster.
When all is said and done, the house will finally be up and running and clean as a whistle so that come the 17th, I’ll be able to start doing the Fly Lady routines to keep it all up. I’m also hoping that I get the upstairs knocked out with enough time to spare that I actually get the unseen areas of my “office” knocked out of the way.
Wish me luck!