I grew up in a family where cleaning was something we did together. Since I was very young, my sisters and I had basic chores, and we had to help my parents with cleaning around our home. We took turns doing the dishes; we kept our rooms clean and tidied up the house. As a child, I always saw cleaning and taking turns with chores as something you did when you belonged to a family, doing your share.
As an adult now, cleaning makes me happy. I keep my home clean, and I love the feeling of a clean kitchen and clean floors. I work from home, so having a clean, clutter-free home also helps me keep my mind free of mental clutter. I find it easier to concentrate and get work done when everything is in order.
Recently, my mom was going through some health issues, and she had to have surgery. I flew to Calgary for a few days to be with her and help a bit during her recovery. I spent time cleaning her kitchen, doing dishes and helping tidy up her house. I remember her smile when she came down to the kitchen and saw everything clean and organized; she was so happy and grateful! Seing the house clean and organized helped her relax and allowed her to rest without worrying about it while she healed. She even told me that helping her was the best gift I could have given her, above any material gift. I love that cleaning can make you so happy!
Keeping my home clean and helping others clean means using the right tools for the job. I remember as a child using Scotch-Brite™ Brand products to help my mom clean dishes. I love how their products have been around for many generations, and we continue to trust them and use them daily. One of my favourites is the Scotch-Brite™ Heavy Duty Dishwand
because it keeps my hands out of the mess and because you fill the handle with dish liquid, it is always ready to use. We also use the Scotch-Brite™ Heavy Duty Scrub Sponge
and Non-Scratch Scrub
Sponge every day.
Nowadays, I get my own children involved in the cleaning process and get them to help keep our home clean. I love how happy they are when they feel like they are contributing to the family, and I am a happy mom when I see them help me do dishes with a smiley face.
I try to make cleaning fun with the boys. We usually put music on, or an audiobook or podcast and we get silly. We clean every Sunday together, and it is a bonding experience for us. The boys also have a chore chart that we follow, and they have age-appropriate jobs they help with.
Do your children help you with chores at home too?
Disclosure: This is a partnered post with Scotch-Brite™. However, all opinions and views on this post are 100% my own.