Our Version of the Riley Challenge

My intention when I wrote about modifying the Riley Challenges for my kids was that, for each posted Riley Challenge, I would come up with a corresponding challenge that applied to my family. That way, I wouldn’t have to totally re-invent the wheel and develop a rotation pattern for the different challenges. We would just be prompted to complete our corresponding challenge when we saw the posted challenge.

As you probably have surmised, my original intention did not come to fruition. However, we have come up with and even better solution to help the kids develop the habits of tidying their spaces every day and deep cleaning on a rotating basis. Here’s what we’ve come up with for Eleanor’s room, for example:

We blocked off some time on a Saturday to thoroughly tidy the room. This included getting everything out from under the bed, clearing the flat surfaces, sweeping, etc. Then, she took photos of each area of her tidied room. We printed them off and she made a booklet with a check list beside each photo of what to look for in that area, so she had a photo clue as well as a written clue of what “tidying” that area of her room means.

This is really just a Hot Spot Drill for her on a daily basis, as well as a reminder to make her bed. She has a specific time set aside to accomplish this task each day. I hope to add a deep-cleaning rotation plan to her little booklet to help her keep her art supply containers and her bookshelves clear of clutter,too.

I’m hoping this will help develop some Flylady habits for life!

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One Response to “Our Version of the Riley Challenge”

  1. Riley Challenge Re-visited « 365 Days with Flylady Says:

    […] it as an additional motivator for helping the girls keep their bedrooms tidy. Eleanor had made the photo album of photos of her tidied room for comparison each day, but things still seem to slip through the […]

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