Time Management Tip 22: Hold A Family Work Bee

(Links in this post are affiliate links. I will be compensated when you make a purchase by clicking those links. See my disclosure page for more information.)

(Links in this post are affiliate links. I will be compensated when you make a purchase by clicking those links. See my disclosure page for more information)
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.

Looking for time saving tips? Follow the Goal Setting & Time Management Tips board on Pinterest.

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.

Dig Into The Time Management  Series Using The Links Below


Introduction: 31 Days Of Time Saving Tips For The Work-At-Home Mom

Day One: Perform a Time Audit

Day Two: Night Owl Or Morning Bird?

Day Three: Where are Your Largest Windows?

Day Four: Making the Most of Small Windows

Day Five: Daily To Do Lists

Day Six: Maximizing The To Do List

Day Seven: Say No

Day Eight: Eliminate Poor Yes Choices

Day Nine: Put Your Time Offenders On a Budget

Day Ten: Combine Joy

Day Eleven: Making Effective Use of Waiting Time

Day Twelve: Making Use of Travel Time

Day Thirteen: Making The Most of Mom Taxi in Waiting Time

Day Fourteen: Take Time to Rest a Few Moments Each Day

Day Fifteen: Tag-Team

Day Sixteen: Involve the Kids

Day Seventeen: Mechanical Slaves

Day Eighteen: Outside Help

Day Nineteen: Timer Magic

Day Twenty: Take a Rest Day

Day Twenty One: Less Stuff, Less Mess, More Time

Day Twenty Two: Hold A Family Work Bee (you are here)

Day Twenty Three: Keep Gatherings Simple

Day Twenty Four: Saving Time in The Kitchen

Day Twenty Five: The Self Cleaning Home

Day Twenty Six: Streamlining Your Homeschooling day

Day Twenty Seven: Create an I Did It List

Day Twenty Eight: Create a Simple Cleaning Routine

Day Twenty Nine: Create To Go Bags

Day Thirty: Making Minimum Standards

Day Thirty One: Treat Life Like a Marathon Not a Sprint


Get snail-e-mail in your inbox each week!

A weekly email with the feel of snail mail. A peek into my week, a few deals so good I just have to share, and links to all of Snail Pace Transformations latest posts!

We won't send you spam. Unsubscribe at any time. Powered by ConvertKit


  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.

Speak Your Mind