Day 14 - Second Bedroom! Plus, The Simple Way I Get My Kids to Clean Their Rooms (No Fuss)! - Sarah Mae
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Day 14 – Second Bedroom! Plus, The Simple Way I Get My Kids to Clean Their Rooms (No Fuss)!

Today is a great day for the second bedroom, because it’s my son’s room and he is quite capable of cleaning it himself!



Remember, I’m not showing pics of my kids rooms because I want to keep that space private. But I will show a few up close pics when he’s finished!

The Simple Way I Get My Kids to Clean Their Rooms (No Fuss!)

Over the summer I ordered Dave Ramsey’s book Smart Money Smart Kids. One of the ideas in the book was something I was initially completely opposed to. The advice? Pay your children to clean their rooms. Now listen, I am of the philosophy that children take care of their rooms and help with the home because we are a family and we all have jobs to do. Also, they are going to have to learn to clean and care for their things because no one is going to pay them to clean up their homes one day, they will just need to have the self-discipline to do it. BUT, after pondering it more, I decided to try paying my children to clean their rooms so I could teach them about how to manage their money. Because the reality is, we don’t do allowances, and I don’t have enough extra jobs around the house for them to do to earn a consistent income. So here’s what I did (I tweaked what Dave did with his family) and what has been working wonderfully since:

My children can each earn 5 dimes a day. They get a dime for each job they do in their bedrooms:

  • Make their bed
  • Pick up the toys
  • Laundry in basket
  • Books on shelf
  • Trash in the trash can

Once they earn their five dimes, they put one in their save jar (a simple cheap bell jar), one in their give jar, and three in their spend jar. At this point, I’m not messing with the 10% thing because it’s too complicated, and dimes are easy and get the point across. (At some point I will up the amount, but for now, dimes keep me not broke.)

Bada bing, bada boom. Rooms get cleaned and mama is happy.

And just as a sidenote, my kids have other jobs they have to do around the house just because they are part of the family. 🙂

So, what works for your family? Share all your secrets!

After Pics!



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Or something like that.

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Love, SM

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  • saversavvy

    I use 3 part formula holders for my kids dimes. I bought cheap at the dollar store or second hand store. The dimes slide right in the top and I write: save, spend, and tithe on the sides. All they have to do is turn the lid around and drop the dimes in the correct spots. I keep them in a drawer in the kitchen where they are easy to get to. Works great, doesn’t spill, and they are plastic so they won’t shatter if they hit the floor. If your child is not old enough to read you can draw a bank, a wallet, and whatever you want the tithe to go to. My kids save for buying items to put in Samaritain’s Purse Christmas Shoeboxes at Christmas time. So I drew a box with a bow. If MY dime container runs out I turn the dimes into bills and fold and put them back in the right slot. If you put them in right they can just keep putting dimes right on in until they decide what they are going to use them for. Some of my children kept saving until they had worked their way up to a $20.00 bill and some want to spend as soon as they work their way up to $5.00 or less . Anyway it has worked for us. Just thought I would pass it on! 🙂

  • acmurphy

    My kids are teens now, but we started a similar system when they were little. I, like you, did not like the idea of paying them to do things, but some wise mamas with older children helped me see the value in doing as you did…a little of both types of chores. It has been a great system that has morphed as they entered different ages/abilities/developmental stages. Today, they pretty much operate the way an adult would in that they do many chores because they love their family and are thankful to have a home. They also earn money through their “jobs”. Like adults, if they do not do their work, they do not get paid. Not only that, the job still has to be done, so as an adult, if you do not do the job, you must pay someone else to do the job. This is an option for our teens as well. We have seen it as a way to help them manage their tithe, savings, spending as well as a way to learn what it takes to keep house, negotiate, plan and make decisions of how you will take care of your “job” and its responsibilities.

  • Felicia

    My oldest is 7 and I don’t think she’s motivated by money just yet (she never spends the money she already has in her bank!) so, I’ve never considered paying her with real money. BUT … what she does like is watching TV! So, I “pay” her with plastic gold coins that she can use to buy TV time 🙂 Here’s how we do it … 2 gold coins = one show, 4 gold coins = a movie. It’s just for doing her morning routine (making bed, tidying room, brushing teeth, etc.) so she can only earn one coin per day – so that’s one show every 2 days, or one movie after 4 days, if she saves up. I started doing it to encourage her to do her morning routine without complaining! and to help cut back on TV (which she used to watch a lot) and it helps with me having to decide “yes” or “no” regarding watching TV … now all I have to do is ask, “do you have enough coins”! P.S. Any educational show we watch for homeschool is free, which makes it more fun for her 😉

  • Nancy

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