Thursday, June 14, 2012

Parents with children at home for the summer - listen up!

 Look what I woke up to?  A clean kitchen.  Now why is this such a big deal?  I set a new rule this summer... Mom cleans the kitchen only every three days.  My four girls pair up and in pairs they take a day and clean it all day - dishes, floor, refrigerator, pantry... the way I clean.  I said I wasn't spending my summer picking up after them.

They found out I meant it when they made plans and I nixed them.  I pointed to the kitchen which looked like a hurricane had swept through and I picked up my keys and left for the horse barn (yes, I smiled the whole way there :)

This morning I came upon the above.  I have condensed it into a poem that (to me) is more like an answered prayer:

Kitchen Rules

Wipe, wash, rinse
thrice daily,
scrape your plate
napkins in trash,
take it out
remember recycling
scrape, wash, put away
pans, cooking bowls
(don't ever leave
peanut butter on a knife).
A friend visiting?
Clear their spots,
rinse their dishes.
Popcorn, snacks?
Check for crumbs!
Put stuff away,
and don't forget,
dining table
is part of kitchen;
wipe it up.

If rules aren't followed,
you will be sole
kitchen cleaner
for the summer!

I'm watching...


a "concerned" sister

by Margaret Bednar, Art Happens 365


Karen S. said...

Lovely- kitchen, adorable poem! You go girls! :0
My son just reminded me of a note that I hung at their father's work once, it read:

"Your mother doesn't work here
you'll have to pick up after yourself!"

TexWisGirl said...

way to go, margaret!

Kerry O'Connor said...

Don't you love it when a plan comes together?

Haha! You have a lovely home, Margaret.

Lisa Gordon said...

I LOVE it!!!!
Good for you Margaret! :-)

Anns Art said...

They can always come and clean my kitchen since they are so good at it! Lol

Log Cabin Studio said...

Lovely kitchen...and your girls are doing a great job...thanks to a wonderful Mom!!!!

Sreeja said...

This is cool...and beautiful kitchen....

Ginnie said...

HA! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this, Margaret. Good for you. DUH!

Altax said...

Nice kitchen and great pictures!!!

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Laurie Kolp said...

Looks like you got the message across... love your kitchen, Margaret!

Daydreamertoo said...

Haha...good for YOU mom!~!