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My daughter and I spend a lot of time in the car together.  She's my little tag-along.  I drop her off at daycare and then pick her up again.  She goes with me to run errands and attends meetings, practices, and a lot of other events with me.  Sometimes on our drives she stares out the window hoping to catch sight of an airplane or a train.  Other times I can look back and see her little head bopping along with the radio.

Recently, on our way home from the library, I heard Hawk Nelson's song, "Live Like You're Loved".  If you haven't heard it yet, it goes a little something like this:

 

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Joanna Wilkins of Top London Cleaners Finchly shares with us some tips on involving the whole family in daily chores while keeping things fun for everyone!

 

It is an out-dated perception that the cleaning chores should be performed by the woman in the house. Everybody should participate in that process, regardless of age or gender. That's the right formula to balance between the duties and leisure time. For quite a long time, it has been a moot point if the kids should be included in the cleaning at home, but you may be surprised at the benefits of doing that. Don't be afraid at the thought that your family will hate you from asking them to be included in the cleaning. If you have the right approach of how to do it, everything will go smoothly and you will have even a lot of fun. This article will provide you with some useful tactics to make everybody participate in the cleaning chores and keep them happy.

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So, you may be wondering why my 31 Days of Cleaning series skips from Day 7 to Day 31.  Well...about that...  This month's cleaning challenge I set for myself did not go nearly as well as I had hoped.  After AWANA, worship team practice, a rally, 4 days of revival at our church, followed by AWANA and worship team practice again, I lost my will power.  To be honest, I was just too tired to clean.

But, the month wasn't a complete loss.  My family hosted a party at our house which meant we had no choice but to get the main living area clean for our guests.  This may have included lots of 'disappearing' items to get rid of the clutter, but it's still nice to walk into the house and see a clean kitchen, dining room, and living room.  And it consolidated the mess to just a few rooms where we can continue to work on eliminating the mess.

Here are a few things I learned this month:

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31 Days of Cleaning:  Day 7 | Higdons' Happy Home

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This weekend was a crazy one!  It started with me waking up on Thursday to realize I had pink eye (boo!).  Now this is not the first time pink eye has come to my home.  My daughter got it right before Christmas and learned to play hide-and-seek every time we were ready to put in her eye drops.  It was miserable for everyone.  So I was determined not to pass it back to her.

Que the Clorox Wipes (affiliate link)!  My daughter actually helped me with this one.  We wiped down all the door knobs, remote controls, and anything else we thought might be infected.  I had to stop her when she went to wipe down our Super Nintendo, but let her go right ahead and sanitize all of her puzzles.

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31 Days of Cleaning: Day 1 | Higdons' Happy Home

So I know I can't be the only one with this problem, but my house is either spotless (because company is coming over) or completely out of control.  There is  no in-between.  I had someone once tell me that I didn't need to stress so much about cleaning my house, because if I skip doing laundry today it just means I'll have to do two loads tomorrow.  I'm not sure they understood my problem.  If I skip doing laundry today, my family will be wearing dirty underwear tomorrow.

And I hate it.  Everytime I get the house back under control I promise that I'll never let it get that bad again.  But, within a few days it usually does.  So, for the next 31 days I'm going to challenge myself (and my family) to not only get the house back under control, but to keep it that way.  With another baby on the way, I don't really see how we have much choice!

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