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A few simple steps to create a toy rotation strategy in your home. This will help to reduce the toy clutter.

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  • Abbie

    Thank you for this post.
    We have HUNDERDS of toys as Grandma is a giver for sure.
    Having so many toys isn’t so bad in our house but when other children come to play the house gets trashed and some toys even broken!!
    I keep meaning to rotate them, but never really know where to start.
    There are some good ideas here. But just wondering what you may do with Dressups and Matchbox cars and Animals?
    Is it worth separating these also? Say 50% stay out. (Think I just answered my own question.. haha.) Or just put the whole Dressup box away?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      If you have too much yes Abbie for sure put some away. I remember when my son was younger he had a set of matchbox cars for inside use and a set that were always kept outside in the sandpit (in a plastic container so no spider or insects could get in).ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Abbie, Yes i think leaving half out and putting the rest away and then rotating them every few months. With the dressup’s i have them in a seperate box under their beds only because i know that they go through stages with their dressup’s. And by storing them under their beds they can get to they easily and put away just as quickly.ReplyCancel

  • Uroos Qindeel

    Wow!!! What a great idea to swap and rotate toys. I found the article very beneficial is really convinced to adopt it very soon. Thank you!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hope it helps to organise your toy clutter :)ReplyCancel

  • Molly

    i have just unpacked our large storage tubs i used to move house with, they were what we used as toy boxes but were better for bulky kitchen stuff then cardboard.
    so tomorrow we (kids and i) will be sorting toys out and i will be putting half of them away! we have more room in our new house but still want to minimize the mess and clutter. looking forward to some sorting and tidying. love these ideas.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Sounds like a fantastic idea, Molly.:)ReplyCancel

  • Joanne

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing this. I’ve been trying to do it for a while but have lacked any real plan of attack and as a result most of it ends up back in the living room. These tips have helped me to see the changes I need to make.
    Thanks again for your great website.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh that is wonderful! I am so happy this has come at the perfect time for you.:) xReplyCancel

      • Joanne

        It’s done! Thanks again for the post :-)
        I was going to add a photo to show you, but can’t work out how.ReplyCancel

        • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

          Awe that is fantastic! Nice work, Joanne.:)ReplyCancel

  • I love this idea but never get around to doing. I so have to do it soon.ReplyCancel

Step by step instructions – how to clean walls, using natural homemade cleaners.

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  • Amber Rhodes

    These are great tips. My walls are terrible! Four kids will do that I suppose! AmberReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It is very easy for the walls to get grubby quickly, i find mine still do even with older ones in the house.:) ~ KateReplyCancel

  • Karin

    any advice on getting felt pen off wallpaper please.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Karin, I would try using some sugar soap and if that doesn’t work hairspray. Let me know how you go.:)ReplyCancel

  • jasmine

    love your website Kat, thanks for the natural cleaning solutions. i need to write the recipes and put them where i can see them so i use them! thanks for the cleaning inspiration. i need it, i do my daily routine but need to do those extra things like cleaning walls and scrubbing the white tiles in my bathroom! jasmineReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      it’s these little jobs that just get forgotten, or if not forogetten left because we don’t have time. Glad you like the cleaning recipes :)ReplyCancel

  • I love how you use an old white sock! It just proves you don’t need any fancy equipment! I’m off to make a batch of your natural cleaner – what a fab idea!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      You’ll love it Lucy, save you money. And the sock… what can I say, best cleaning tool!ReplyCancel

  • Kylie - Mummy Tips

    For large wall surfaces I use a microfibre mop (one that has a flat head) with sugar soap, it makes a tedious task into a quick one :-)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Great idea, Kylie.:)ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    I use a squeegee mop to do the walls. I keep one just for walls.. You can do a larger area that way a lot quicker than by hand.ReplyCancel

  • It’s quite funny to know that a tea tree oil can be use for cleaning the wall. Also I have baking soda in our house most of the time they are just being wasted when not in use. Truly your tips are amazing and very useful. I will try these tips in times of needs.

    Keep up on posting great post. It’s my first time reading your blog and all I can say is perfect you have a clean beautiful design and informative.

    Congratulations. Cheers! :)ReplyCancel

Weekly meal plan family friendly recipe Ideas to help you work out what to cook for dinner

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  • Kirsty

    Thanks to you Kat I have started meal planning and making quite a few of your recipes, my family have really enjoyed them and helped me so much as I am just not creative in coming up with dishes to feed the family, I’ve really enjoyed following along and eating yours, thank you for bringing back your meal plans.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh yay!! I am so excited to hear you are loving the meal plans! It think it does make life so much easier especially with busy after school activities.ReplyCancel

  • Lyndall

    Ooh yum the Roast Pumpkin, Spinach and Chicken Pasta Bake with salad sounds delicious, I’m happy to try anything with roast pumpkin.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      it is very delicious, Lyndall! I am sure you will love it.:) xReplyCancel

  • Mel Bell

    Kat, I have followed your journey and your site for so long. Just wanted to say a big thank you for inspiring me to be a better me. To be more organised, to try new ideas and to be a better mum. Life can be so busy, but I wanted to take a moment to acknowledge you and all of your hard work!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh Mel thank you so much.It really means so much to me when i hear back from my readers and read lovely comments such as yours. It just makes what i do a little bit more special.:)ReplyCancel

  • Kylie

    Glad this is back, love Meal Planning, it makes life so much easier. Our plan this week (we start on Saturday):

    Sat: Pork Chops with Port & Cranberry sauce with Potato bake
    Sun: Greek Chicken Gyros
    Mon: Ham & Cheese Quiche with Salad
    Tue: Home-made Sausage Rolls with Veg
    Wed: Oven Baked Fish & Chips & Salad
    Thur: Indian Chicken & Tomato Curry & Rice
    Fri: Lasagne & saladReplyCancel

    • Kylie

      Oh and my baking was a Cherry Buckle (like a tea cake).ReplyCancel

      • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

        ooh that sounds really good, that would make a nice and light afternoon tea!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Yum, this plan sounds delicious, I have never heard of gyros, I’m off to google!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I love your meal planning Kylie.:) Some delicious recipes here.:)ReplyCancel

On facebookand in our daily newsletterI share a task each day to help you create a clean and organised home. Please find February2015’s summary below. Prepare for the month ahead, purchasing all gifts and cards Tidy and declutter your pantry Tidy your dumping zone Purge all unused and out of date items from your bathroom […]

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  • Nicky

    Hi Kat!

    Love your site, thanks for the regular ideas and inspirations! I would love to know where you got your spray bottles from for your cleaning kit? The one’s I purchased in the past never seem to last for very long.

    Thanks, NickyReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Nikki, I picked these up from a hair supply store very similar to hairhouse warehouse, which I know also stock them. The store was at my local westfield shopping centre. Hope this helps.ReplyCancel

The kids will enjoy these healthy after school snack ideas, some can be baked ahead and others prepared in minutes.

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  • Kirsty

    I always forget to consider after school snacks when grocery shopping, this is great thank you, and so easy but some things I just wouldn’t think of.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Kristy, I think what i love most about these snacks is not only are they a healthy after school snack but also so quick and easy to whip up.:)ReplyCancel

  • Naomi

    ooh my kids would love the apple slices, fantastic idea. I also bake muffins and biscuits like you suggest for lunchboxes but for afternoon tea as well. So we always have something yummy in the freezer too.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It works so well having yummy snacks in the freezer ready for when they walk in the door.:) And all so delicious.:)ReplyCancel

  • Sue

    Our quick favourites are:
    *ham, cheese and tomato flat bread toasted sandwichs
    *popcorn (done in the air popper and a bit of melted butter mixed in)
    *Pikelets
    *fruit salad and yoghurt (pre made Mason Jar style)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Yum! They sound delicious, Sue.ReplyCancel

  • I saw the apple slice and toppings idea on another website. Here is the link with a few additional ways to dress up the apple, savoury and sweet… All of them look yum!

    http://www.movenourishbelieve.com/recipes/cronuts-fauxnuts/ReplyCancel

  • I’m always battling during the afternoon, home from school, totally ravenous period. Thanks for the great ideas!ReplyCancel

  • We love peckish rice crackers here. My boy is starving after school and often just wants dinner so we have early dinners heheReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh yes they are a favourite of mine too.:) ~ KateReplyCancel

  • Karen

    I spread vegemite and sprinkle some cheese over mountain bread and bake in the oven. Once crispy, break into chip size pieces. They are like a healthier version of chips, and will keep for a little while in a airtight container. Very moorish for adults and kids.ReplyCancel

  • These look great. Love the sultana sandwich.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Aren’t they fantastic, Julie!.:) And the kids love them.:)ReplyCancel

  • Frozen grapes! What a cool idea (i hear they are good at keeping wine cool too!) ;-)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      LOL they could well do, Dana.:) They are a super yummy snack and so perfect for those really hot days. xReplyCancel

  • Jo Kemp

    they all look fantastic, but there’s a huge lack of protein in there. I am always conscious of getting my three kids to eat protein when they get home so that they aren’t snacking on carbs that just don’t fill them up. They eat plenty of fruit at school but not alot of protein. So my kids favourites are chilli con carne with tortilla chips, chicken and cheese quesadillas, quiche and anything yummy I bake.ReplyCancel

I’ve been making a few bite sized balls lately for the kids lunch boxes, they are agreat healthy snack. My Miss 12 wanted something a little different than the apricot balls I have been making lately. Looking through the pantry I had some muesli that I wanted touse up which added a nice little crunch […]

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  • Ooh! These look really good, Kat. Might have to make some of these for Mrs R next time I make her gluten-free granola! Yum. xReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh what a lovely idea Mr R.:) They are so yummy and make the perfect snack.:)ReplyCancel

  • A lovely flavour combination Kat! I bet you could use coconut oil too which would add a nice flavour :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh yes great thinking! I have just started using coconut oil.:)ReplyCancel

  • Oh yum! I love the sound of these balls. So healthy and delicious. Gosh I think I need to try your Raw Chocolate and Coffee Bites too – they look amazing!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh thank you Lucy.:) Oh my gosh the Raw chocolate and coffee bites are divine!! And oh so addictive LOL.:)ReplyCancel

  • Elodie

    Hello. Just wondering cam you freeze the apricot, coconut and muesli balls?ReplyCancel

On the weekend I shared a picture of my sliced up watermelon and received a few enquiries. When I get home from the grocery store I cut up most of our fruit and vegetables, which you can read more about here and here. Basically I find that by pre-cutting the fruit and vegetables it is […]

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  • Judy

    I love the lego idea and absolutely going to use it for my son, his school doesn’t allow cakes, this is perfect… love how you find these ideas for us Kat thank you.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Judy, Aren’t they just adorable! Yes the kids school don’t allow cakes either so these ideas are just perfect.:) ~ KateReplyCancel

  • Donna

    So many great ideas, thanks!

    I just want you to know that the ‘home’ link, and the link in the logo takes readers back to December last year. The only way I found this most recent post was by typing in Feb 2015, and clicking on the next post link at the bottom of each post… I love your blog but can’t afford to waste time searching through weeks of old posts to find a new one.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Donna, I’m sorry to hear it isn’t working for you. I have double checked from our end and everything seems to be running ok. I hope it works for you in the future. Thank you for letting me know though. ~ KateReplyCancel

Step by step instructions – how to clean windows, using a natural homemade window cleaner.

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  • With a newly turned three year old and an almost two year old I’m certainly in that ‘hopeless caus’ phase! It doesn’t help that our living area is made up of two walls of bifold doors and they are ALWAYS covered in little finger and hand prints! I do try and give them a good clean down at least once a month, just so I can enjoy clean windows for a good 10 minutes or so! I will certainly be giving this homemade glass cleaner a try – thanks!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      LOL, that’s it Lauren, 10 minutes of clean before fingers are on them again :)ReplyCancel

    • lexi

      Can u give them a spray bottle and cloth to help?
      I used to when my son was about 2.5yrs
      I ended up with lovely clean floorboards :)ReplyCancel

      • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

        Fantastic idea, Lexi.:) ~ KateReplyCancel

  • Joyful

    From when my children were about 18 months old I taught them to “look with their eyes”, not their hands, thus clean windows! One does not need their hands to see through a window! This also applied in shops, so they never touched anything on display and I’ve never had to panic about paying for breakages.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Great tip i do like it.:)ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer B.

    Here’s the Lazy Window Cleaner’s recipe – obviously just for the outside of windows as you’ll see…

    2 litres of warm water
    2 tablespoons laundry detergent (1 tbsp Morning Fresh)
    1 tablespoon of rinse aid

    Wash the windows with a sponge with this solution, HOSE THEM DOWN working from across the top and down and then walk away!
    The water ‘sheets’ down to give a streak free finish just as it does on glasses in your dishwasher.ReplyCancel

    • Molly

      i think i have used morning fresh and rinse aid and washed windows just like this!!! today at our old rental my mum cleaned my windows with a dustpan brush and hot soapy water (dish liquid) and the hosed off….worked a treat…lots of finger prints from little 21month old!!!ReplyCancel

      • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

        Great ideas, Molly!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh i like the sound of this! I am going to try adding the rinse aid, thanks for sharing a great tip, Jennifer! ~ KateReplyCancel

  • We have avoided cleaning our windows since we moved in as we still have so much dusty sand to cover. They are so bad now im paying a pro to come clean them tomorrow. I still have to keep these tips to keep them cleanReplyCancel

  • Kelly

    Just wondering about the vinegar, i used to clean my floors with it but my husband didn’t like the house smelling like vinegar, is there a particular vinegar to use maybe i used too much? Can you smell the vinegar?
    ThanksReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Kelly, I only ever clean with vinegar. Maybe try again, to give you an idea i use 2 litres of water to a very small dash of vinegar ( about 1/3 cup) i just use the coles homebrand vinegar. I hope it works better for you.:)ReplyCancel

  • Lilian Dolan

    You can add either fabric conditioner or essential oil of your choice to mask smell + to feel like uve had a treat too xReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh i like your idea, Lilian! Some of the fabric softeners smell so good.:)ReplyCancel

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Round 2 of the 20 Days to Organise and Clean your home challenge starts Monday 2nd March Early bird special to save $20 was meant to finish last night, however with the terrible cyclones/rain here in QLD over the weekend my kids school daywascancelled and I wasn’t online to properly remind you of it closing, […]

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  • Beth

    I have joined the 20 day challenge but have lost the pre challenge tasks. Could you please forward them. I am looking forward to the challenge.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Beth, you should be able to log in and access the prechallenge tasks on the website, email me challenge at theorganisedhousewife.com.au if you have troubles.ReplyCancel

  • louisa

    How much is the 20 day challenge if you missed the special?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Louisa, The Basic package is $69.95 and includes lifetime access the Premium is $89.95 and includes lifetime access and 6 week facebook support and accountability group and the Deluxe is $119.95 includes lifetime access, Deluxe printables Bundles (retails at $120) FREE access, 6 week facebook group and accountability group.ReplyCancel

  • Karen

    Hi Katrina,

    ive lost my link to the 20 Day challenge, i know my login details but could you tell me where to login?ReplyCancel

Bento lunches are fast becoming a popular way of creating a healthy school lunch in a fun and exciting way for both parents and children. And it isn’t hard to do!

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  • Fantastic idea. Bought some Bento boxes in Japan and also a tiffin container. Kids love it, gobble up their lunches AND as you say, it is quick! MxReplyCancel

  • Cool these look great. I am a newbie to the lunchbox gig. I bought an egg model, just need to use it now to see if it works without me destroying the egg.ReplyCancel

  • Meg

    love the whole idea of creative bento lunches but haven’t really tried much. Mainly because to fit in the school bags our lunch boxes need to sit on their side. Any tips to overcome this problem so I can let my inner-bento go mental???ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Meg, I do understand what you are saying! Mine sit on the side of the kids bags too. They have never complained though and they do eat all their lunch.:) ~ KateReplyCancel

  • This looks like a brilliant way to pack lunch. I like the variety. I’m so old school, I normally just pack a sandwich, some fruit and a muffin or biscuits.ReplyCancel

  • Angela

    Looks great. ….interested on how apple doesn’t go brown???ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      A use a little lemon juice to stop the apples from going brown ~ KateReplyCancel

  • Alysha

    Does anyone know where you can buy the plastic sushi rice presser like in the videoReplyCancel

Kids are so good at creating messes and accumulating clutter, which usually sends us a little crazy, giving us the illusion it is impossible to declutter and organise your home. However, with a few simple rules it is possible to have kids, a tidy home and keep it that way.

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  • Lisa

    great tips Kat! With a toddler and a baby my house is a constant disaster zone!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Oh thank you Lisa! .:)ReplyCancel

  • I’m inspired to get onto our clutter, but one of our biggest problems is the toys. Do you have any tips to get kids to part with outgrown toys? Or do you just get rid of them without their knowledge? Thanks.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Shell, Depending on how old your children are, i sat down with mine and asked them to donate toys they had out grown and or no longer played with. If your children are quite young you could consider storing them away. Kids like the idea of donating and giving to charity.ReplyCancel

    • My mum tried to smuggle all my soft toys to vinnies when i was in my teens. I caught her and was horrified! I saved as many as i could carry lolReplyCancel

      • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

        LOL i love it, Jacinta.:) x ~ KateReplyCancel

    • Laura

      Leading up to Christmas and birthdays we have a little clean out and ask the kids (5 &3) to pick a few toys they feel they have outgrown or no longer play with to donate to kids that don’t have toys. They are happy to do this as we explain it is a really good thing to do and it will make room for the new toys they will get. We let them pick what to donate so they don’t feel like we are just getting rid of their toys.ReplyCancel

      • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

        A wonderful idea, Laura! I also do the exact same thing. It teaches kids so many wonderful qualities.ReplyCancel

  • I would love to declutter but my house has zero storage space! Will be getting my litte man into cleaning as soon as he can walk though lol Start em early, a cloth and some water.ReplyCancel

  • Shelley R

    My daughter has not started to like polly pocket, Lego and barbi all with some very small bits! I’m walking round the house finding barbi shoes in the carpet! What’s the best way to keep these bits together so they are easy to find and so she knows what item goes with what toys…ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Shelley, I hear what you are saying! Barbie shoes are so little and tend to get sucked up in the vacuum cleaner if not stored away correctly. I have kept all of mine in a plastic container that way they are all there and not like to get lost or misplaced.ReplyCancel

  • Deanne Shannon

    Just wondering if by any chance did anyone else see somewhere a thing about letting kids know what we expect them to do when cleaning their rooms???? I have a nine year old and she just doesn’t get what I mean when I ask her to tidy her room.

    Thanks in advance

    DeanneReplyCancel

    • son

      Deanne, you go in with them the first few times and do it with them. Explain what you are doing or what things are called, I asked my 7yr old to wipe the skirting boards last week and he did his, the hallway our bed room and the kitchen! He said it was so much fun he just kept going!!ReplyCancel

      • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

        LOL i love it! Good on him.:) ~ KateReplyCancel

  • Molly

    i will be taking on board so many of your tips and ideas over the coming weeks. we have just today moved house and i am so overwhelmed by how much stuff we have, even though over the past couple of years i have been culling so much…i have no idea where to start!!!
    im sitting here looking at all our ‘stuff’ and wondering why we have so much. really do we actually need it…i need to get tough and get rid of some. thanks for your wonderful tips!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Molly, I totally understand what you are saying, it can be very overwhelming. Try starting in one room and then moving on to the next once that room is completely finished. I think once the beds are set and made the next room i would concentrate on would by the kitchen and go from there.ReplyCancel

      • Molly

        thanks Kat! i have almost finished the kids rooms now, just a few things to put away and create a school bag nook. started the kitchen and feeling a little more like i have some control. have been cleaning our old rental, so tomorrow i am so ready to tackle our new place and will create a list of what storage i need to get.ReplyCancel

        • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

          WOW you are doing a wonderful job! I bet it looks just beautiful.:) ~ KateReplyCancel

  • Yvonne

    Hi Kat, we are on track with most things but just wondering if you could help with this one. Our granddaughter lives with us, she knows to do her bedroom etc. She isn’t to bad, so yesterday I decided i would get her to do something else and watched her also supervise her clean her bathroom and toilet. Because she has done something extra she wants pocket money. How much should we give her?…she is 12 in July. Should we pay her more for doing extra. What do you do with your twins. ThanksReplyCancel

    • Emma

      Hi Yvonne, as pre teens we started with the bathroom cleaning and pocket money started at $3 per week and went up 50c per year. My parents did buy all necessities. Chores also went up every year. I.e cook a meal do ironing etc.ReplyCancel

      • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

        That is fantastic, Emma!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Yvonne, Okay firstly i want to say it sounds like you are doing a great job raising your grand daughter. With my children i give them $10 a week pocket money, $5 of which goes straight into their bank account and the other $5 is for them to spend. In saying that if they fail to do one of their chores i take 50 cents off them. I personally wouldn’t give extra money for extra chores as i believe at the age of 12 (same age as my daughter) they need to have some responsibility around the home and with every extra chore they will want extra pocket money. Maybe it is something that can be revised every 6 – 12 months. I hope this helps you. ~ KateReplyCancel

  • All great ideas, but have you tried making cleaning games so as to engage your kids in the cleaning process? Recently I came across something called “game theory” and was wondering if anyone has given that a try. My kids are 4 and 6 and me and my wife are looking for a way to make home cleaning a bit more appealing to them. All input will be greatly appreciated, tnx!ReplyCancel