Thursday, October 26, 2006

How to clean a bathroom with two toddlers in 7 easy steps

1. Assemble all supplies (you don't want to leave toddlers alone, unsupervised in a bathroom.)
2. Find simple time consuming jobs for toddlers. For instance, a wet rag and something to "clean" is sufficient. For our experiment they were directed to clean the door. When they tired of that we moved on to the door frame, and the cabinet doors.
3. Take advantage of the time that they are distracted. During this time I was able to clean the mirror, walls, countertop, sink, faucets, and most of the toilet. However, cleaning the toilet suddenly looked like fun to them. Hmmm, what to distract them with next. How about an Aunt Cathy who showed up at just the right time? Worked great.
4. Have toddlers take naps while you try to finish cleaning the bathroom.
5. When the toddlers wake up, return their cleaning rags to them, and point them at a wall.
6. Desperately try to finish job with the cleaning of the tub while fending off "help" from toddlers. Quickly move all cleaning products from within their reach. Have them read to you, pick up toys, get you a ball, move the step stool.
7. Give them cheerios and put on a video tape for them while you finish cleaning the bathroom (which as you might note has taken all day.)


At 27 October, 2006 08:12, Blogger wen said...

the title kinda sounded like instead of using 409 and some sponges you were going to employ the toddlers as cleaning implements. that, and the whole post, made me smile. :)


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