Any Helper Is A Good Helper
Preparing for showings can be tough, especially with a family. But here are some tips on how to make cleaning as a family fun, so everyone can be on board to help out.
1. Get your laundry basket and walk around the house: Anything that is not in its place, add it to your basket! Now the trick is, once the kids get home from school, they have to separate their stuff from the basket and put it back where it belongs BEFORE they can do anything else!
2. Have the kids grab a grocery bag and set the timer for one minute: Everyone runs around the house looking for things that are not in their place and adds them to their bag (whether the item is theirs or not). Everyone gets a penny or a dime for each thing in their bag once it’s put back in its place!
3. Use a color game: Tell the kids to look for everything white. Pick it up and put it away, then come and report to you. Then look for everything green, pick it up, put it away then come and report to you. Works like a charm for little ones, and it helps them learn their colors.
4. Use a sorting game: Tell the kids to pick up everything you can wear on your body. Next, anything you can eat with. Next, anything that you can play with. It’s like a scavenger hunt!
5. Set a time limit for the room they are cleaning: Reward them if they finish before the timer goes off.
6. Use checklists. You cannot expect your child to clean a room exactly how you would clean it: You have to clean the room with them a few times and show them what you expect. Use a checklist as you go so the child knows what each item on the checklist needs to be finished to be checked off.
7. Reward them. Kids love being rewarded for good behavior and hard work: so how do you reward them without giving them tons of sugar? Reward them with play time or letting them pick the next movie for family movie night.
8. Use pictures: Young kids are very visual. So why not use pictures to help them with their chores? For instance. When loading the dishwasher the kids can look at the picture to figure out where the dishes go in the dishwasher. This way you won’t get any dirty dishes coming out with the clean ones because the kids shoved the dishes in the wrong place.
9. Give them the right tools: Wouldn’t your kids love to clean with a broom or mop that’s their size? How fun would that be? There are plenty online and in stores that can make cleaning easier and more fun for them. Also, have them help you mix up some all natural cleaner themselves. They will be eager to use them after making them. Check out our previous post on Natural Cleaning for some tips on what to make.
10. Do a speed clean every night: Every night before bed, gather the whole family together in the kitchen and set the timer for 5 minutes, or turn on a song. See if the family can beat the timer or the song by getting the kitchen clean, then move from room to room finishing the living areas of the house. You will all feel better about going to sleep with a picked up house. It’s much easier if everyone helps too.
Using these tips and tools will help your family have a pleasant experience when it comes to getting the house clean. No crying, screaming or constant reminding. Cleaning can be a fun time the family spends together and preparing for showings just became so much easier!