Joanna Wilkins of Top London Cleaners Finchly shares with us some tips on involving the whole family in daily chores while keeping things fun for everyone!


It is an out-dated perception that the cleaning chores should be performed by the woman in the house. Everybody should participate in that process, regardless of age or gender. That's the right formula to balance between the duties and leisure time. For quite a long time, it has been a moot point if the kids should be included in the cleaning at home, but you may be surprised at the benefits of doing that. Don't be afraid at the thought that your family will hate you from asking them to be included in the cleaning. If you have the right approach of how to do it, everything will go smoothly and you will have even a lot of fun. This article will provide you with some useful tactics to make everybody participate in the cleaning chores and keep them happy.

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So, you may be wondering why my 31 Days of Cleaning series skips from Day 7 to Day 31.  Well...about that...  This month's cleaning challenge I set for myself did not go nearly as well as I had hoped.  After AWANA, worship team practice, a rally, 4 days of revival at our church, followed by AWANA and worship team practice again, I lost my will power.  To be honest, I was just too tired to clean.

But, the month wasn't a complete loss.  My family hosted a party at our house which meant we had no choice but to get the main living area clean for our guests.  This may have included lots of 'disappearing' items to get rid of the clutter, but it's still nice to walk into the house and see a clean kitchen, dining room, and living room.  And it consolidated the mess to just a few rooms where we can continue to work on eliminating the mess.

Here are a few things I learned this month:

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31 Days of Cleaning:  Day 7 | Higdons' Happy Home

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This weekend was a crazy one!  It started with me waking up on Thursday to realize I had pink eye (boo!).  Now this is not the first time pink eye has come to my home.  My daughter got it right before Christmas and learned to play hide-and-seek every time we were ready to put in her eye drops.  It was miserable for everyone.  So I was determined not to pass it back to her.

Que the Clorox Wipes (affiliate link)!  My daughter actually helped me with this one.  We wiped down all the door knobs, remote controls, and anything else we thought might be infected.  I had to stop her when she went to wipe down our Super Nintendo, but let her go right ahead and sanitize all of her puzzles.

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31 Days of Cleaning: Day 1 | Higdons' Happy Home

So I know I can't be the only one with this problem, but my house is either spotless (because company is coming over) or completely out of control.  There is  no in-between.  I had someone once tell me that I didn't need to stress so much about cleaning my house, because if I skip doing laundry today it just means I'll have to do two loads tomorrow.  I'm not sure they understood my problem.  If I skip doing laundry today, my family will be wearing dirty underwear tomorrow.

And I hate it.  Everytime I get the house back under control I promise that I'll never let it get that bad again.  But, within a few days it usually does.  So, for the next 31 days I'm going to challenge myself (and my family) to not only get the house back under control, but to keep it that way.  With another baby on the way, I don't really see how we have much choice!

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This morning I opened up my devotional to find this verse:

Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law.  The commandments, "Do not commit adultery," "Do not murder," "Do not steal," "Do not covet," and whatever other commandments there may be, are summed up in this one rule:  "Love Your neighbor as yourself."

-Romans 13:8-9 (NIV)

This is very timely for my husband.  We recently sat down review our debt and plan our repayment.  We've been working on this for years, but life changes and family situations have caused our debt load to increase to the point that we needed to revisit our plan.

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Dear Daughter, You're Missing Out | Higdons' Happy Home

Dear Darling Daughter,

You know that I love you dearly and I am so proud of the things you are learning.  You haven't started school yet, but you can already count to 20 and know your colors (except for Orange--that one's tricky).  You're making great progress with your ABCs and you're even learning how to pedal your tricycle!  But I am a little concerned for you.  You see, I'm worried about all the things you're missing out on.

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Let's Talk About Respect | Higdons' Happy Home

Around Valentine's Day we hear a lot said about love.  My husband and I will probably have a special dinner together to celebrate how much we love each other.  Sometimes, when things get busy, we skip the dinner and just exchange gifts to show our love.  I'm sure my husband knows just how much I love him, but it's more important to me that he knows how much I respect him.

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I love that Gymboree (Affiliate Link) has started offering clothing based on classic children's books.  First, there was "The Pokey Little Puppy", "The Fuzzy Duckling", and "The Shy Kitten".  Now, there's "Peter Rabbit".  I remember this book from when I was a kid, and it didn't take long until someone gave a copy of the book to my daughter.  Now, she can dress to match the story!

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This Parenting Style Has Got to Go! | Higdons' Happy Home

Everyone has their own unique parenting style.  There are Helicopter Parents, Tiger Moms, and Free-Range Families.  However, I'm a little concerned about the newest style of parenting I've noticed.  Let's just call it "Furious Parenting".

You've no doubt witnessed this parent in your social media feeds.  Usually their stories are covered by bloggers using headlines that sound a little something like this:  "Her child was sent home from school.  When she learned why, she was furious!"

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I know there are a lot of strong feelings towards letting children watch TV.  Some people think it's great, some think it's harmless, and some parents think it rots kids' brains.  Personally, I'm not too concerned about my daughter watching TV.  I ultimately have control over what (and how much) she watches and I sit with her so we can talk about what she watched.  I've also noticed that even after I've turned the TV off, there are some benefits to her watching her shows.

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