As a new school year begins, smart math is essential to getting off on the right track. It is a great time to plan ahead with a solution in place to help restore peace when chaos knocks at your door. Every Queen knows things happen that sometimes turn a peaceful palace upside down. It could be an illness, an injury, a baseball tournament, unexpected guests, or just a busy school year that turns your home into a cluttered castle in a renaissance minute. Chaos moves in and the peace moves out while the mote overflows. That's why this month I wanted to share an idea that has worked at our house for canceling out unplanned upheaval. We call it Power Hour, and it is one of my favorite tools to use for putting a house back in order quickly.
Power Hour is a fun, effective, and an easy way to rescue a damsel in distress from a chaotic mess by getting everyone involved in a rescue plan. First, hold a family meeting, maybe one night during dinner, to explain what Power Hour is. There are some speed cleaning tips at the bottom of this blog for you to use as a part of that meeting. That way, when the need arises, your power team is ready to roll and they know what to expect..
Here's how the equation works. When something happens and you need an emergency cleaning plan, announce to the family you will be having a Power Hour. Then set the date on the family calendar a few days in advance so everyone is home and ready to help. On the day of the scheduled Power Hour, as the queen of the palace, walk through the house with Post-it notes and visit all the major rooms that need cleaning. On the Post-its, write what needs doing in that room to effectively get it back in order. Then post the Post-it on the door frame of that room. During dinner remind everyone that all hands are on deck for the power cleaning. After dinner, everybody names which door they want. Remind them that the goal is to set a timer for one hour and beat the clock by having all the Post-its completed before the timer goes off. When the timer is set, someone says “Go” and everyone races off to get busy with the things on the list for their selected room. If you have younger children, it's OK to fudge a little on the timer until they get a bit older, but don't tell them or it will spoil all the fun. If there are more rooms than people, some older family members may have more than one room assigned. Remember this is a team effort. If everybody works together to beat the clock, everybody wins. If someone finishes their room early, they should be encouraged to help someone else finish their room. This ensures that the amount of work is balanced for everyone.
If your family finishes their rooms before the timer sounds, it's cause for a great celebration! Either go out for frozen yogurt, or have a special desert at home to celebrate your accomplishment. The great news is, in just one hour, the house is back in order and the peace is restored. It's also a great teaching tool for team work, shared responsibility, and instilling a work ethic in the character of your children. This power plan is an easy way to manage a household without feeling like you are Cinderella on her hands and knees, scrubbing and cleaning up a cluttered castle of chaos. Even during a busy school year, you can enjoy the peace that comes with a power plan in place.
Speed Cleaning Tips for Power Hour