Cleaning House {Book Review}


Cleaning House: A Mom’s 12-Month Experiment to Rid Her Home of Youth Entitlement by Kay Wills Wyma is a book that parents or caregivers of children is going to want to get their hands on. I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect when I started reading through this title myself but my hope in getting the children to help out more instead of always being served has gradually started happening with implementing some of the ways and actions mentioned in this title.

The book itself is from the personal experience of a mother of five children ages ranging from four to fourteen. She finally decided she had enough of the entitlement attitude displayed by her kids and set out on a 12 month experiment to basically rid her home of that sorta of thinking and behavior. There are also snippets of testimonials of other parents included through out to back the topics and tasks mentioned through the book.

This book is more than about getting your children to do chores around the house or act a certain way. It’s more about teaching your children to be more self confident, aware of others, be responsible, and to learn to have a strong work ethic.These are the life skills every person should have since it obviously doesn’t always come naturally. And in doing all this they’ll be able to utilize and recognize the gifts God has given them in their work place and in their future families life.

No one said work is fun but in doing it together, our family functions better as a unit. And as a unit, things run much more smoothly. The kids need to learn life skills so there’s no time like the now to start getting them engaged into growing into the man or woman they’ll eventually become. This is something us parents really need to make sure happens. This book is life changing for both kids and their parents, in my opinion. I like that there are views from the author as well as other people on all sorts of things pertaining to the experiment.

Here’s a list of the tasks covered over a years time by the author and her family…

Task 1 – Operation Clutter Control (Making Beds and Picking Up)
Task 2 – Kitchen Patrol (Cooking)
Task 3 – Grounding Time (Outdoor Duties)
Task 4 – Working for a Living (Employment)
Task 5 – Domestic Dirty Jobs (Cleaning Toilets)
Task 6 – Roll Tide (Laundry)
Task 7 – The Handyman Can…or Can He? (Fixing What’s Broken)
Task 8 – The Entertainers (Hospitality)
Task 9 – Team Players (Working Together)
Task 10 – Runner’s World (Errands)
Task 11 – It’s About Other’s (Service)
Task 12 – Lades and Gentlemen (Manners)

I highly recommend picking up a copy of this book. It’s been very inspiring for my family and I imagine it will be for others as well.

You can read the first chapter of Cleaning House here.
For more info and to learn how Kay’s journey began you can visit her blog here.

If interested in purchasing, you can get a copy of Cleaning House: A Mom’s Twelve-Month Experiment to Rid Her Home of Youth Entitlement on for around $10.00!

*I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.*