Time Management Tip 22: Hold A Family Work Bee


(post contains affiliate links see disclosure)save time cleaning by holding a family work bee(For the record I googled work bee and nothing came up but this is what my family has called our semi-annual top to bottom house cleaning days for years)

Perhaps yesterday you read my post on how having less will make more time and thought but our house is so out of control it will take forever to declutter it all.

One person decluttering a home from top to bottom is a huge undertaking and yes it will take significant time. However, 5 people decluttering a home from top to bottom will take less time.

Why 5? well that is how many people in my family, you might have more or less helpers available.

If your helpers are too little to help in such and undertaking, have them cared for else where while your husband helps you declutter your home.

For instance my husband and I once enlisted the help of family and friends to watch the kids for a period of 2 days when they were very little, while we decluttered our home to get it ready to sell.

In those two days we removed 2 truck loads of no longer needed items, and cleaned and organized what remained.

After such a clean up I felt like my days were longer. They weren’t, I was simply no longer spending time sifting through,¬† digging in, and cleaning around piles of clutter.

If you have older kids declare a few Saturdays each year to be “Work Bee days” and work from 9 to 5 cleaning and decluttering¬† your home from top to bottom. Make dinner take out pizza.

We do this in our home with great success.

  A few tips for holding your own family

1. Make sure you have enough supplies on hand for everyone

I like having two brooms and dust pans and enough spray bottles for everyone. I also make sure I have plenty of clean rags.

2. Announce the family work day several days in advance

This helps the children know that Saturday won’t be a play day.

3. Go over the rules and who does what before you start

I give each child a written list of chores, and tell them that they may be asked to do more if needed. I also give them a firm cut off time so they know when we will be stopping. Lastly I announce the prize for the day. Usually it is pizza at their favorite restaurant, followed by a Netflix movie enjoyed with dollar store candy.

4. Make one parent in charge of overseeing the child’s work

I am usually the director on working bee days. I clean too, but I also take time out to check the children’s work or show them how to clean something correctly, or get them back on task if they are starting to get distracted.

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Not sure how to attack a top to bottom cleaning day? Organized Simplicity does a good job of explaining just what should be cleaned and decluttered in each room of the home. Also great inspiration for living a simple life too.

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  1. Because I don’t have clutter and am able to clean in no time I almost feel guilty that I have time on my hands for fun. I have to stop and look to make sure I didn’t forget something. I have always been an organizer and clutter free so this is second nature to me. I am also lazy so it would take to much to clean.

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