It's Spring Break time for the kids. I have planned a couple of fun activities for the kids: 2 days at camp, a play date for the boy, and maybe a trip to SeaWorld before we're all back in school. We will have fun.
I, however, am most looking forward to some serious spring cleaning. My kids are getting enlisted because it's time they learn some basic survival skills.
1) Mirror and Window cleaning - each will experience the miracle that is Windex and paper towels while removing their sloppy wet mouth and hand prints from glass surfaces in our house.
2) Washing walls - a bucket of soapy water and a small rag will become their new best friend as they remove grimy hand prints from assorted vertical locations.
3) Organization - shared areas like the art cabinet, kids' closets, and toy boxes will be restored to their former glory where a tool or toy could be found easily in minutes.
4) Dusting - I "Pledge" they will dust every horizontal surface in their bedroom; seriously dusted, as in pulling books off shelves and dusting behind them dusted.
5) Floors - At minimum, they will vacuum their own bedroom. If a toy or two get sucked up, it's a valuable lesson and a removal of unnecessary crap from the house. Win win! If they're extra lucky, they get to clean some floors "Cinderella style" (down on their hands and knees with a rag).
If all goes well this whole process should take less than three hours. But I know my children, which is why I have allotted two whole days. Now I'm wondering if I can build this up as a form of martial arts camp ala Mr. Miyagi - "Windex on, Windex off". Just call me the Ninja Master.
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