Okay, we are strange. That’s O.K. Strange is okay, sometimes.
Oh, and whenever the little ones are in the bath (they get washed in my master bathroom) this is the time that I put all my laundry away (my closet is in our bathroom) and I the clean sinks, wipe the mirrors, and clean the toilet. And the kids have sponges in their collection of bath toys, and one of their favorite things to do while in the bath is wash the bathtub. I put body soap on the sponges and just let them go to town, washing the tile and the tub. I let the water run out of the drain while they are still in there, and they continue wiping down the tub until all the water is gone. Then I give them a final rinse, and everyone is clean — even the tub!
Other things I do to make life just *that much easier around here:
1) We keep a box in our van full of flip-flops of various sizes (because someone always gets into the van without shoes on…and doesn’t realize it until we are at our destination. And even I’ve done that a couple times, myself!
2) I keep a phone in the house that is actually plugged into that wall and you cannot walk around with it (you know, the old fashioned kind) because we always lose our cordless phones around the house (in between the couch cushions, under beds, in the laundry pile…) and this way, we ALWAYS have a phone that we can use, if the other two are MIA.
3) I have a lock on our pantry door (the kind that needs a key!) and I keep the key on my person all day long. This might sound a bit overboard, but I’m in and out of the house all day, sometimes leaving kids in the house by themselves…and if mom ain’t watching, they will eat just to be eating — even after they’ve just had a meal. Also, I am upstairs a lot, and if the pantry is left “open” they will sneak food. Not because they are hungry — but just because it’s there. If you’ve seen pictures of my kids, you’ll see that they aren’t starving. But they do like to snack. I have to control that….or there will be no food left!
4) I play classical music while they are doing homework or while we are in the middle of our homeschool day. Good for the brain
5) We turn the dishwasher on at night…and then whoever has the chore of emptying it will do so the next morning before school. I LOVE that! There’s nothing better than starting your day with a clean kitchen and an empty dishwasher!
6) I have a basket for clean laundry per bedroom, 5 baskets: The Boys, The Girls, Afton, Audriana, Mom, Dad & Aria. (Anthony does his own laundry and doesn’t require a basket) I have 3 of the boys sharing a room, so their clothes go in The Boys basket. Avery and Aislynn share a room, so their clothes go in The Girls basket. Afton and Audriana have their own rooms, thus their own baskets. And me and Rich share our room with Aria, so we all share a basket. The baskets STAY on the top of the washer and dryer, all lined up in a row. And as I fold, I put the clothes into the correct basket. Then, each morning, everyone grabs from the baskets and takes them into the bedrooms, regardless if it’s their clothing or not. They all just grab stuff and take it up, then place it on the beds in the room they belong in. Again, the baskets STAY on the washer and dryer and never go upstairs (if they go upstairs, then they don’t come down again…and the next time I go to fold laundry, I have no place to put the clothes)
Well, I think that’s about all I can think of. If you have any tips you want to share, just go to Missy’s Blog at It’s Almost Naptime and link it up!