Mum-of-10 shows off her immaculate home with a games room & homework station & everyone’s saying the same thing

WHEN you’ve got kids it can be hard to keep your home tidy, so spare a thought for mum-of-10 Alicia Dougherty.

The busy mum gave TikTok users a tour inside their family home, and it looked surprisingly immaculate. 

Alicia and husband Josh, from Pittsford, New York, adopted six kids – as well as having four biological babies of her own.

But despite the chaos of having so many kids under one roof, the parents refuse to let them help with chores.

In her house tour on her @doughertydozen account, she showed how all 12 of them cram into their 3500sq ft, which has seven bedrooms and four bathrooms. 

The beautiful home has a hallway storage area lined with hooks for their coats, and is decorated with rainbow paintings.

There is also a huge dining area and open plan kitchen, along with a huge homework room, with alphabets and charts lining the walls.

Impressively, Alicia showed how all their papers and games were neatly organised and put away in units.

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Upstairs, the family has made the most of their bedrooms, by adding bunkbeds so more than one child can go in each room.

And there is also an impressive games room with mini trampolines and a treadmill for the parents or older kids. 

Alicia joked at her clean home: “Now nobody move cuz the house is actually clean.”

People were shocked at her tidying, with one saying: "Omg so organised. How does it stay that way?"

She previously explained why she and her husband bear the brunt of the chores alone.

Alicia said: "They didn't ask to be a part of a large family so they shouldn't have to do extra chores just because they are."

The super mum added that six of her kids were adopted from foster care which means they "already missed out on a childhood due to their traumatic past."

Instead, she wants them to just "have fun and be kids" – and besides, "acts of service is my life language," she explained, so doing things for others is what she likes to do.


In a 2018 interview with People, Alicia and Josh explained that all six of their adopted kids have behavioural issues and suffer from Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) – making family life a little more challenging.

Although they weren't aware of this when adopting their first son Alex – who was four at the time, the parents threw themselves into helping him – and went on to help other kids with "difficult behaviours."

"We became known as the parents who could handle the difficult behaviours," Alicia said, and now, the power duo share insight into their hectic family life in TikTok and Instagram.

Although the kids aren't expected to do chores, they do have some responsibilities, Alicia explained.

To help manage the hectic family schedule, each child's daily activities are written on a white board in the kitchen, which has their entire day broken down into time slots.

The boys play football in a team with their dad as the coach, while some of the older kids take music lessons.

In summer, all of the kids swim daily for hours “to burn off excess energy, and because water is a calming, therapeutic source.”

With 10 kids aged between two and 15, arguments between siblings are plentiful, so the parents have fitted every room of their six-bed home with cameras.

Not only is this useful for the parents to keep an eye on everyone, but Alicia and Josh use the footage to keep the kids accountable when they do something wrong.

And that's a lot of food the parents have to hide as Alicia regularly shares exactly what a grocery haul for a family-of-12 looks like.

From huge cartons of chips and condiments in bulk, a typical shop often involves multiple trolleys full and comes to roughly $600 (£424) – but it varies week to week.

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