I always tell my kids, I'm your mom not your maid. I have them clean up there stuff, there 5 and 3 and still to young to help wash dishes and things like that but they can def help clean up there toys and things that belong to them. I explain to them why it's soo helpful for them to even pick up a towel for mommy, my youngest daughter is 3 and she will tell my husband, my oldest daughter and my son, "mommy just clean up this house!" she doesn't like when people make a mess. I would def set some chores and tell everyone in the household to pick up. When we have visitors like my husbands little brother comes over, I tell say hi and welcome him in and politely tell him that we came up with a new system and that is for everyone to clean up after themselves like picking up there stuff and washing there own dishes once there done using them, I feel alot better now because they do it and it helps me alot. Good luck.
at 2:33 AM on Aug. 25, 2010