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Michelle Duggar Shares Her Housecleaning Secrets!

duggarsKeeping up with the dust, spills and general chaos in a house is challenge enough when you have one or two children. Wouldn’t you expect a larger household to be a total disaster area?

Not at all. In fact, families with lots of kids learn to be more organized than their smaller counterparts out of sheer necessity. Everything from meals to laundry to after-school activities has to be planned, delegated and carried out in order to avoid a total home meltdown.

Michelle Duggar explains her household cleaning techniques in her newest blog post for TLC. With 19 children (all but one of whom still live at home), establishing a system is a must – especially for keeping their home in order.

Answering a fan who asked about her spring-cleaning routine, Michelle explains that she used to do a thorough seasonal scrub back in the day when she had only a few little ones in the house. Now, she says, “We clean continuously throughout the year. It’s a non-stop process.”

With the expansion of the family, the Duggars now tackle housekeeping by dividing their house and the chores into “jurisdictions.” Each child is assigned to a jurisdiction and is responsible for keeping his or her area tidy. Some of the larger chores are tackled by teams; for instance, the dishes are washed by 14-year-old twin sons Jedidiah and Jeremiah, while Jason, James, Justin and Jackson (ages 12 to 8) do the drying and putting away.

It helps that some of the children prefer doing certain tasks. For instance, 15-year-old Joy-Anna “just can’t stand it when things aren’t organized,” so Michelle has her keep the laundry room in order. (Grandma Duggar – mom of Duggar dad Jim Bob – does most of the family’s wash.) And the children are “all really good” about helping each other out when their jurisdictions get untidy.

Staying on top of the cleaning helps keep the Duggar home looking presentable – though Michelle admits that “sometimes I have to chime in, especially when it’s time for a deep clean.” And the kids know that work comes before play; Michelle has said that the penalty for slacking off on chores and homework is missing out on the weekly family movie night.

What do you think? Do you use a similar system for getting the kids involved in housework?

[Photo: via TLC]

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