I knew that change needed to happen in the Campbell house. We needed some new things put in place. If you have spent time here at all, then you are aware of this. And if I were to be honest, the chaos that comes always begins because of me. Jen Hatmaker has a new post about what she calls, Stuck in The Duldrums . She says there, "...the very efforts to lift out are the same things you've lost energy for." Isn't this the truth! I have lost the energy to meal plan every week. To grocery shop. To clean the house and clean the house. To wipe the kitchen table for the 18th time before 10am. To empty the dishwasher for the 5th time. To fold laundry. To put laundry in washer. To forget laundry in washer. To re-wash previous noted laundry. To put laundry in the dryer. To FOLD said laundry! "For the love of Mary Magdelene!!" (another quote of Jen's. I heart you.)
So where did I turn?
So back to the advice. We do not have chores. Everyone has routines. And by everyone that includes me! Morning routine, afternoon routine, before bedtime routine. (those are what you see clipped up. Routines) Once you finish your routine you get to put a stone in your mason jar. Once the mason jar is full, you get to choose a reward! The girls came up with the rewards and we wrote them on popsicle sticks. But let's say that we are having a moment with back talk, or fighting, whining, etc....then you lose a stone. We are also holding fast to the "feel free to keep the toys you pick up" mantra. I am still giving them this reminder but I already see some fruit from it. They are learning to pick up before moving on to another activity. I really don't mind them making a crazy house, just need that to be put back together! So far this has worked great! So what are their routines?
Morning Routine: Make bed, dress to shoes, brush teeth, eat breakfast
Afternoon Routine: Set dinner table, pick up morning toys
Before bed routine: Pick up, lay out clothes to shoes, dirty clothes to hamper, brush teeth, read, pray
How do you do it? How do you make order happen around your casa???