>> Dec 19, 2012
1.Do everything together, at the same time. You know, the more, the merrier. While you clean and chat to each other, time will pass faster.
2.Try to separate the duties into separate tasks, which are to be taken care of a couple of different teams. If you are a big family, form three or more teams. Otherwise, split into two teams and deal with different duties. For example, one team can clean the attic, while the other ones is taking care of the living-room.
3.Turn cleaning into some sort of a game. After all, everything is more fun when looked at as a form of an entertainment. Making a competition out of it is still a good idea. With small, complementary prizes for the winning team. And if the 'teams' involved love competing and have their eyes on the prize, the process will be sped up dramatically.
4.Put some music on! Everything is better when you have some nice music playing. If you can't compromise on exactly which tunes should be played, take turns choosing the bands/singers. While singing along to the music, you will not even notice when you will have already cleaned your whole home.
However, making the children help is tricky and a bit more difficult. Actually, the younger they are, the easier it would be to get them to join the cleaning brigade. Just find the proper approach. In most of the cases they will be glad to help, once they know they are relied on and treated like adults.
A good way of making the children involved is to offer them a small treat in return for what they have done. Nothing TOO big, though, for they need to learn that cleaning is their duty. Going to the movies or a trip to the zoo will do just fine. Extended PC/TV time or a chocolate bar is also a smart option. In order to be sure that your son/daughter will stay safe while cleaning, do it all together. This will also work good on your parent-child relationship.
Cleaning does not have to be a tedious chore. You just need to know how to approach the task and think of ways how to entertain yourself even while doing something as monotonous as cleaning the bathroom.
Philis is a stay at home mom and a devoted wife who loves to indulge her beloved men and who galdly provides tips and ideas on how to deal with the pesky household cleaning.