How does a large family get the kitchen cleaned up after mealtime? Where there are no oxen the manger is clean, but we have a LOT of oxen around here.
Here I'm going to share how we get it all done. Everyone in the family has a job to do and completes it to keep the dishes clean and the kitchen ready for the next meal.
When age appropriate, children get "promoted" to a harder job after they are trained by the child currently filling that position. We are about to make promotions again and that is one reason for this post. I want to remember "how it used to be" because pretty soon, we'll change it up.
This is how we make it work for now:
- Monday thru Thursday I prepare breakfast, usually something simple.
- Stephen (6) takes the dishes to the sink, wipes down the table and sweeps the dining room and kitchen.
- Silas (4) pushes up all the chairs.
- Sarah Grace (8) empties and loads the dishwasher and starts it again. She wipes down the counters. (This takes her a good while, about 45 minutes sometimes--but she is so encouraged when she gets a big job done like her sisters can do! :)
- On Friday and Saturday, Savannah (16) and Shelbi (17) cook breakfast and clean the kitchen, including mopping it and cleaning the microwave and other extras like cleaning out the pantry, etc.
- I prepare lunch every day once we finish school projects.
- Sarah Grace (8) clears the dirty dishes from table, wipes it clean and sweeps the dining room and kitchen.
- Savannah (16) unloads and loads the dishwasher, wipes down counters and often bakes something delicious.
- Seth (12) takes out the garbage.
- I cook supper every night with Shelbi and Savannah assisting me. They cut up vegetables, make dessert, whatever I need them to do.
- Seth (12) clears the table, wipes it down, sweeps the kitchen and dining room and takes out the trash.
- Savannah (16) unloads/loads the dishwasher, wipes down counters.
How does it work in your house? Do you try to even out the kitchen chores?