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Mrs. Clean Jeans' housekeeping with kids : family pickup lines (and household routines) that work with less work from you
Aronson, Tara.
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Publication Information:
[Emmaus, Penn.] : Rodale, [2004]

Physical Description:
x, 276 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Includes index.
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TX147 .A7597 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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From staying sane while sharing a bathroom (whether with teens or with toddlers in the throes of toilet training) to getting the kids to pitch in on laundry day (and keep the darks separate!), Mrs. Clean Jeans brings a wealth of tried-and-true tactics to the rescue. Her motto is "You didn't make this mess all by yourself, so why should you have to clean it up?" So she's figured out all the ingenious ways to get your kids to help you do the chores--or even do them all by themselves!

Mrs. Clean Jeans starts with strategies, including involving the whole family, letting kids pick their favorite chores, having a set chore time so everybody's working together, and keeping chores reasonable, plus, of course, giving suitable rewards for jobs well done. Then she takes readers room by room, showing how to create kid-friendly storage, make sure things get picked up, avoid fights and confusion, and see to it that everything gets done--including the dishes.

Packed with firsthand tips from the author's years of cleaning with three kids (now ages 3 through 13), Mrs. Clean Jeans' Housekeeping with Kids is the ultimate household help book

Author Notes

Tara Aronson, aka Mrs. Clean Jeans, knows whereof she speaks when it comes to kids, cleaning, and getting it all together. She's the mother of three and her "Coming Clean" column has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle since 1995

Table of Contents

Introduction: Housekeeping with Kidsp. 1
How to Use This Book: A Field Guidep. 5
Part I Getting Started
Chapter 1 Gearing Up for a Family (Cleaning) Affairp. 11
Chapter 2 A Home for Everythingp. 31
Part II All Around the House
Chapter 3 Lightening the Laundry Loadp. 49
Chapter 4 Kitchen Synep. 67
Chapter 5 Boffo Bathroomsp. 87
Chapter 6 Making Living Areas Livablep. 107
Chapter 7 Sweet Dreams Are Made of Thisp. 135
Chapter 8 Home Workp. 155
Chapter 9 Grungy Garages No Morep. 177
Chapter 10 Taking It Outsidep. 189
Part III Guests and Getting Around
Chapter 11 Mastering the Minivanp. 213
Chapter 12 Be Our Guestp. 229
Part IV Cleaning Around the Year
Chapter 13 Mrs. Clean Jeans' Housekeeping Routinep. 253
Mrs. Clean Jeans' Resourcesp. 261
Indexp. 263