My children (all 14 and above) and I have very different ideas of what it means to “clean” a bathroom.
This isn’t new though. For years I would send them to clean the bathroom, only to find soap scum on the sink, water spots on the mirror and gross stuff in other places. This is after we had worked together multiple times in what I thought was a teaching routine. Apparently, even then, “clean” is subjective. That’s when I decided to create a bathroom cleaning procedure.
So I didn’t miss anything, I took a notepad with me to clean my own bathroom. I wrote everything down, in the order it was done. Then I tweaked it, and made sure the language was specific and simple enough so there no misunderstanding.
The first time they had my list, I stayed close in order to clarify. Because somehow, “clean all parts of the toilet” still was open to interpretation. Hence even greater clarification. You’ll note I clearly say not to clean the bowl. This is because I don’t want my children leaving the cleaning solution in the bowl and forgetting, then having the dog drink it. (Yes, that happens daily in my house! – both the forgetting and the toilet drinking)
Once the procedure list was complete, I put it in a plastic page protector and attached it to a clipboard and keep it by the cleaning supplies. Here’s what my page looks like:
This idea can be applied to any situation where clarity comes in handy.
I’d love to hear any of your funny stories about miscommunication with kids about cleaning. Or how could you use a procedure list like this? If you are reading this in an email, click here to be taken back to my blog to leave a comment. I’ll select one person at random to receive a cute Mary Englebreit clipboard to keep track of your own lists.
Thanks for joining me this week. Check back next week for more great Spring Cleaning tips.
Grace & Peace,