Friday, December 28, 2007

Clearing out & Cleaning up

Fridays around here are lovingly called deep clean Fridays. We wake up early and get to work to make the house shiny clean by sundown. The kids stick with their regular zones, they just have a much more in depth list to check off. We also do outside chores on Fridays as well. Here is an example of the difference between a regular zone day and Deep clean Friday.

Example: Devon/Living Room
Regular Day:
  • Pick up all things that don't belong (toys, trash, cups, shoes etc. ) and the "I didn't put it there" line doesn't work...everything is cleaned up by the zone keeper...even if they did not contribute to the mess. Its fair though because this is the rule for all zones, so everyone is picking up everyones mess.
  • vacuum at least once a day.
Deep clean Friday:
  • Dust all furniture (entertainment center, coffee tables, end tables and stove) tops sides and bottoms.
  • Dust walls, doors, windows (we have really tall ceilings and a very dusty house with lots of woodworking detail, and if its not dusted it piles up)
  • Wash walls and door trims as needed (all fingerprints)
  • Clean out from under all couches, tables and anything with an "underneath"
  • Windex windows and doors
  • Dust drapes
  • Clear shelves and organize as needed.
  • Wipe down fan, light fixtures and picture frames.
  • Vacuum and clean wood floors.

So as you can see through the week each zone is kept up with general "pick up" and then Fridays it gets a good deep cleaning. This is also a great time to purge any areas, as we are doing today. We finish up before supper and enjoy the rest of the evening as well as Shabbot (Saturday) Once the children are trained in each area and know what to do its a breeze. We don't switch zones very often either, the older ones graduate out of a zone as a younger one moves up. They must train the replacee to my liking before graduating.

So there you have it an example of "Deep Clean Friday" Now I'm off to continue!


motherofmany said...

Cool idea! That way you are all ready for the Sabbath. I'm gonna borrow that.

Robyn said...

Sounds like you have a great little cleaning crew!

I'm so amazed at how helpful children can be, even at young ages, like my three. Our dd3 is upset if she can't help with the dishes every night, and dd5, and dd6 are little cleaning whirlwinds, already.

People who don't want any children don't know how good we have it, do they? LOL! :-)

Tanya said...

Wow, you get alot done on your Friday cleaning! We also clean house here on Friday's for Sabbath too. :) I don't quite get as much done as you do, though.

Oh that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever! Duet 5:29