Saturday, February 9, 2008

Scrolling Saturday

Today, since cleaning is on the agenda, I thought this post was appropriate for Scrolling Saturday. And, I think Maddie is on to my game.

Oh, The Games We Play

I really don't like to clean. Most specifically the bathroom. No, wait- dusting. No, folding laundry. No, I think I hate vaccuuming most of all. Oh, screw it. I hate it all. I don't get that warm, fuzzy feeling from a clean house. All I can think when I see it is that in about an hour it will be back dirty and I'll have to clean all over again.

One Saturday morning, I had half- heartedly cleaned some of the rooms. All I really had left was the kitchen. Scrubbing countertops, cleaning out the fridge, and the floor. Maddie came to the kitchen and wanted to watch a movie. She was on a Cinderella kick and loved anything to do with her. And I swear, my very own fairy godmother put a thought in my head.

"I have a better idea. Let's play Cinderella." "Okay," she said "I'll put on a princess gown and you can be the prince."

Well, that didn't work. Let's try something else.

"How about I'll be the evil stepmother and you can be Cinderella before she got bibbity-bobbity-boo'd? Now, Cinderella- GET TO WORK!!"

She ate it up. I fixed her a mop bucket with sudsy water, gave her a scrub brush and let her go. She even started singing the sing sweet mockingbird song that 'rella sings in the movie.
It took her a little while, but my floors looked great.

I have to admit, we play this game as often as I can convince her to. After all, practice makes perfect. It works for dusting, scrubbing the sink, sweeping (swiffering). I haven't found any tapestries for her to clean, but I have hopes.

I hate to think of what I would be cleaning today if my fairy godmother hadn't been on my side that day.

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Kathryn said...

HAHAHA!!! That is too funny! You are an evil genius! Hilarious!

I love a clean house. So I clean. But I really HATE to clean because like you said, it is dirty again in less than an hour. :(

Thanks for reposting this for SS. Love it!

suchsimplepleasures said...

that's so great!!! i'm going to have to try that here. except, my kids aren't into princesses anymore. if i made them pretend to be some sort of video game character, perhaps that would be fun for them...hmmm...
hey...i have an idea! why don't you bring your daughter here and play cinderella!! because, today is cleaning day for me, too...(sadly, every day is cleaning day).
you are a funny, funny chick!

secret agent mama said...

Oh my, Chelsea, that is absolutely perfect. I put all three of my kids to work. Davey better watch out! LOL

Laura said...

perfect...except it doesn't work so well with boys! That was inspired! Happy cleaning!

Tara R. said...

I love this! I wish that would work with my kids... I really hate housecleaning too.

via Scrolling Saturdays

lattemommy said...

You rock! I am *so* using that one!

Kellan said...

What a cute post and what a fun game!

Have a great weekend - see ya. Kellan

Sniz said...

HAHA! What a great game! You're a genius!

Thanks for your comment on my SS!

Amy said...

That is the smartest thing I have ever heard! Genius!

Tasina said...

That is completely freakin' evil. I'm wildly jealous that I have a son who probably won't fall for this. Brilliant!!!!

Sarah O. said...

What a riot!

TheVasquez3 said...

YOU. Are. My. Hero.

i don't think my 12 yr old daughter will fall for it but i am totally gonna try!

jenipooh92802 said...

When you first told me about this, I had Victoria be Cinderella the very next day!! It really works! She loved it!!

Amy said...

It does work! It is quite the brilliant idea!

Irene said...

Hey smart idea! But I don't know how much longer you will get away with that. Kids are smart...they figure things out very quickly!! But enjoy it while you can!

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