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Welcome to the January 2015 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Household Chores
This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama. This month our participants have shared stories, tips, and tricks on tackling household chores. Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants.
They certainly aren’t fun. Sometimes they’re manageable, overwhelming, or stress inducing. Other times, chores can be stress relieving. Sometimes they’re a good way to release pent up energy or anger. Sometimes a good way to be one with oneself or sort through an issue.
Around our place, we’re still a bit in the midst of figuring out the division of chores. Before we moved into our house, I did most of the cleaning. I also did the majority of the cooking, the bill paying, the organizing, and the managing of the household and family activities. Hun did most of the more “manly” tasks, like fixing our family vehicle. He also pitched in by washing dishes many nights, giving me some time for a small break, and helping pick up around the apartment. And, one of his most important contributions for our home running smoothly, is going to work every day.
Since moving in and working on improvements to the house, we’ve continued to share the chores. Hun has done the biggest projects requiring certain skills. He’s laid tile, installed flooring, and cut anything that needed cutting. I’ve stuck to more basic and differently skilled tasks (i.e. sewing curtains, painting walls). I’ve also stuck to the cooking and the cleaning up of cooking/eating. Hun has continued to go to work, providing for our needs.
As the arrival of guests came, I started to organize and clean up. Now that our house guests are gone, we’ve had a chance to move in a little more. Next, we have quite a bit of organizing and cleaning to do. Right now, I can’t be sure what it will look like in even 30 days. What I do know is that Monkey Boy is (and has been) helping around the house with things.
Monkey Boy helps pick up his toys. He helps as I organize things into rooms. Of course, he also creates more disorganization, but that’s what being a toddler is all about, no? Monkey Boy will bring me the broom and dustpan and throw trash away. He likes helping put the pots and pans away, too.
We fully anticipate Monkey Boy’s continued help as he grows and ages. I expect he’ll be helping with cleaning in a more active way, if even of his own space. I also expect that he’ll continue to work right alongside Hun and I as we work on other minor house improvements and repairs. I’m sure he’ll also help with gardening, clothes washing/drying, and other household tasks.
In all this, I am continuously learning that I’m not the only one in our space. Things do not have to always go or be my way. Other ideas and suggestions can even make things better than I have them. I’m also learning that it is OK to ensure all members of our family are held accountable for keeping the household running smoothly. Yes, that definitely includes myself.
Besides, when we all pitch in, we all enjoy more free time to spend together or in pursuing other goals, tasks, or hobbies.
How are chores managed in your house? Do you use chore charts or other methods of tracking chores? Do you split chores evenly in some way or are things more haphazard and done when needed?
As an aside, I want to just say thank you for reading this post. I’ve certainly missed being part of the Carnival of Natural Parenting community and topic posting these last few months. I’m glad to be back with everyone, bloggers and readers alike!! And don’t forget to click through to the other topic posters this month to see how they get things done.
Please take time to read the submissions by the other carnival participants:
- Seven Tips for Decluttering with Your Clutterbug — Do you have a child with hoarder tendencies? Help them declutter before the Legos and stuffed animals take over your home. Charlie of Three Blind Wives, guest posting at Natural Parents Network, offers some expert advice.
- Chores, Chores, Chores — Life Breath Present talks about how her family divides chores, and how Monkey Boy joins in to keep their home clean and running smoothly.
- Of Toddlers & Housework — Holly at Leaves of Lavender talks about some of the ways she lets her not-quite-3-year-old son help out around the house.
- Whistling While We Work: On Kids and Chores — Dionna at Code Name: Mama realized recently that she often feel resentful when she carryies more than her share of the household load. And so several weeks ago, she brought a laundry basket upstairs and had the kids start folding. Thus began a regular series of household responsibilities for her kids.
- The 4-Day Laundry Plan — Becca at The Earthling’s Handbook line-dries all of her laundry, including cloth diapers, and stays sane while also working full-time outside the home. She’s sharing her tips!
- Chores Don’t Have To Be Drudgery — Jennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama discusses how she gets the whole family motivated in the daily care and maintenance of maintaining a home. After all, chores do not have to be drudgery.
- Morning Chores and Weekly Chores — Kellie at Our Mindful Life can get anything done, so long as she gets her morning chores – and her weekly chores – done!
- A place for everything and everything in its place — Make it easy to tidy up by having just enough stuff for the space you have. Lauren at Hobo Mama talks about this goal in her own home and gives tips on how to achieve it in yours.
- Cleaning With Essential Oils — What essential oils could add a boost to your cleaning routine? That Mama Gretchen has a round up of what you might like to consider!
- Montessori-Inspired Sweeping Activities — Deb Chitwood at Living Montessori Now tells how her children helped keep their house clean and shares ideas for Montessori-inspired sweeping activities.
- 9 Natural Cleaning Recipes for New Mamas — Dionna of Code Name: Mama, guest posting at Mama & Baby Love, shares recipes for safer, natural homemade cleaners that parents can make with ingredients they trust. Leave a comment on the post for a chance to win a copy of Homemade Cleaners – a book packed with tons of natural cleaner recipes!