Good Housekeeping: It's for Kids

You may recall the second law of thermodynamics: “Every system left to its own devices moves from order to disorder.” When my third child was born I realized I was outnumbered in my efforts to keep my home ordered. I had three kids but only two hands, one lap, and only so much time and energy each day for cleaning, tidying, cooking, feeding, laundering, diapers, potty-training, shopping, errands, paperwork, and oh, yeah… homeschooling. I needed a system to thwart entropy and to maintain my home and my sanity.

So I enlisted my kids.

This inspiration also had something to do with my five-year-old bounding from his bedroom one afternoon announcing disgustedly with his hands on his hips, “Nobody made my bed!” After picking up my jaw from the floor, I decided it was time to teach my kids how to make their beds.

Plus, when we began homeschooling, I wanted my kids to have both a morning routine and a sense of contributing to our household. Enter: “morning chores.”