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Episode 8 Summary: “Spring Cleaning: Teaching Teens Responsibility and Routine”

In this episode of “It’s Not About Money,” hosts Matt and Charla McKinley, the Artisan of Adulting, discuss the significance of spring cleaning and the benefits of establishing a schedule for household tasks. Charla provides seven big tasks that parents can assign to their teens, fostering a sense of accomplishment and purpose.


Introduction to Spring Cleaning Ritual:

Matt and Charla highlight the importance of spring cleaning and the value of rituals in maintaining structure and routine.  Charla shares her strategy of running errands and cleaning on designated days, providing predictability and motivation.

Benefits of Establishing a Schedule:

Charla emphasizes the benefits of having a schedule, including increased efficiency, better time management, and a sense of predictability.  The annual deep clean becomes a shared activity that reduces stress and renews the family’s sense of comfort and well-being.

Seven Big Tasks for Teens:

Charla introduces seven significant cleaning tasks suitable for teens, such as cleaning baseboards and scrubbing tile grout.  She suggests rotating these tasks and implementing a chore draft to engage the kids in the cleaning process.

Turning Spring Cleaning into Special Projects:

We discuss the possibility of turning the spring cleaning tasks into special projects that teens can undertake for extra money emphasizing the difference between these tasks and chores.  Charla recommends aligning this with a structured cleaning routine and using it as an opportunity to teach financial responsibility.

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