10 Tips to Get the Family Involved in Spring Cleaning
No one wants to do spring cleaning alone. However, you may be standing there looking at your family thinking, “Yeah, there’s no way they are going to help without kicking and screaming.” The truth is you may be able to get them to help without having to threaten them with being grounded or sleeping in the doghouse.
The following are just ten tips to get the family involved in spring cleaning.
Make It a Game
You need to make the whole event into one large game. The type of game will depend on what gets your family going. Is your family competitive?
Then you could each compete to see who gets more done or it could be girls versus boys, etc. If your family likes doing stuff together, do chores that can be done together. Just make it fun.
Create a Chore Board with Prizes
A chore board is sure to get everyone involved. A chore board has a list of chores and each chore comes with a prize. For smaller kids, you can get away with small toys or candy. For older kids, money is the way to go.
Each type of chore will have a different value. For example, washing the baseboards would be worth more than dusting.
Discuss the Importance of Donations
If you have small children in the home, you need to sit down and discuss the importance of donating their unused toys to children in need. Many children will pick up right away on why this is a good thing and will be willing to help sort through the massive load of toys.
Treat It Like a “Real” Job
If your children are getting close to work age, try treating the cleaning like a real job. “Hire” your kids to take on different tasks and set an hourly wage. If they don’t do anything while “on the clock” don’t pay them. If they work hard and get the chores done ahead of time, give them a bonus.
Spring cleaning doesn’t have to be boring. For example, play music while everyone is cleaning or put in a movie while you’re all working to clean up the living room. In other words, take everyone’s mind off the work and make it all about the fun.
Promise Something Fun After a Hard Day of Cleaning
Each day, wake everyone up and promise them that you’re going to do something fun after all the chores are done for that day. It might be going out for pizza or going to the movies – whatever your family likes to do.
Choose Chores Each Person Will Enjoy
Each person is good at different things. If your daughter enjoys organizing things, put her in charge of decluttering. If you husband likes fixing things, put him in charge of doing all the handyman jobs on the list.
Ban Video Games and Internet Use Until Chores are Done
If you want to see your children work faster, take away their video game, internet access, and phone access until the chores are done.
Let Them Work for That New Smartphone They’re Wanting
Another great way to get kids involved is to offer to help them buy the new phones they’ve been wanting. You can do this by putting a price on each chore, paying a daily wage, or just having to them help out with each project.
End the Day with a Family Favorite Meal
After the spring cleaning is done, do something special for your family by making or ordering their favorite meal. Everyone has worked hard and it’s time to relax and enjoy those efforts. By the way, this is definitely a great time to break out the disposable plates. After all, who wants to clean after all that hard work?
Getting your family involved in spring cleaning doesn’t have to be difficult. You just have to know how to get them interested in helping. Whether it’s by paying them an hourly wage or banning internet and phone use until the chores are done, you can get them involved.