One Month Down…

This is what my youngest’s room looked like almost every day in September without me having to say a word. Wish I had started this with them years ago!

Hey friends!

Today is an update for my 12 Month Experiment to Rid My House of Youth Entitlement inspired by Kay Wills Wyma’s book “Cleaning House.” If you don’t know what I’m talking about, click here to read my original post.

Well, I have to say I’m impressed with my youngest two. You would have thought they would be the ones to struggle with daily making of beds and de-cluttering of floors. But no. As a matter of fact, “Eight” and “Ten” each missed only one day (not counting the day that I completely overslept…past the bus arrival and everything! I gave a freebie on that day. My bad, after all.)


And the score is…Little kids kicked big kids’ butts!

The teens…well…they were another story. “Seventeen” started off strong. As I mentioned in a previous post, she was up at 5:40 a.m. on the first day of school to make sure she had her room clean. Impressive start. And she did well for a while but fell off the wagon two thirds of the way through. “Fifteen” had a slow start…strong middle and then fell off again until the last day of the month when dad saw his pig-pen…I mean bedroom…and suffice it to say that Bill’s scary eyebrows made an appearance and I passed the message along. It went something like, “Tell Fourteen that if he wants to celebrate his fifteenth birthday tomorrow, I’d better be able to see his floor when I get home from work tonight.” And as if by magic…it was clean by bedtime. I was waiting to let the money (or lack thereof) do the talking. But Bill’s scary eyebrows did the trick.

In the end, the youngest two have made bedroom maintenance a habit. The older two are working on it and probably didn’t like their brothers getting significantly more money than they did this month. And I have to add that even on the days when Seventeen didn’t get credit because her bed wasn’t made or there was laundry on the floor…her bedroom was cleaner this month than it’s ever been and that is a success story, even if it doesn’t show up on the chart. (Nice job darlin ;)) Now we are on to Kitchen month.

They still need to keep up with bedrooms but now we are adding kitchen jobs. I chose 4 after-dinner jobs that I wanted them to work on and I will rotate them through-out the month…one job for a week then switch. Next week we will add meal planning and prep to our tasks. The first time they each make a dinner, I will partner with them. The next week they will be teamed up (Seventeen with Ten and Fifteen with Eight). The third week I’ll let most of them do it solo. Should be interesting and I’ll keep you posted.

I know a number of you are doing this along with me so please feel free to update us on your progress or share any ideas you have!

I’m off on a 4-day get-away with hubby (long over-due and greatly anticipated!). Fall foliage…here we come! I’ll check in when I get back. In the meantime, hope you’re enjoying crisp fall weather, pumpkin spice lattes and maybe even some football (or at least the football snacks…that’s what I show up for ;))



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  1. Wow Rebekah … so wonderful (love the bed!), such an inspiration to me to keep it up with my kids, too.

    The teens seem to be such a challenge, but I know it’s a phase. A mom with older kids (mid to upper 20s) stopped me yesterday to offer encouragement. She said that she expected her kids to practice independence and responsibility in their home – that it was a long road at times – that she never considered any other way – and that when her oldest was in college, he (yes he!) actually wrote her a letter… thanking her. He was the only kid in his fraternity that knew how to do his own laundry, to clean his room, make dinner, etc. He told her he couldn’t believe she loved him so much as to put up with all his push-back and stayed the course.

    Anyway, hope that puts wind in your sails like it did mine…. and THANKS for sharing. Love your idea of pairing the kids together. Can’t wait to hear how it goes.

    🙂 K

    • Thank you Kay! What a blessing to hear from you. I love what you shared and yes, it’s very encouraging. I always joke that the Proverbs 31 Woman must be middle aged because your children usually don’t “rise up and call you blessed” until they have their OWN children. That’s when they finally get it. So if ours “get it” by college…we’ll be ahead of the game 🙂 I’ll keep you posted on the Meal Month!

  2. Good Job Mom, doing good!

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