Spring cleaning is a chore that (almost) no one looks forward to, ever. However, it does need to get done. One of the best and quickest ways to get the task accomplished is to get the whole family involved. This feat need not be as ridiculous as it seems on the surface. Here are some fun and creative ways to get the whole family involved and have no one realize they’re actually doing work.
Make it a contest
Nothing motivates kids like a little, spirited competition between siblings. The trick is making the competitions creative as well as functional. Unfortunately, kids can easily see through the transparency of the, “The one who makes their bed the fastest wins,” trick. Instead, make the contest tie into the quality of the work, to assure a good job is done. For example, assign a different sink to each child and state that the one who cleans theirs the best wins a prize. This tactic will not only get the sinks clean, but the kids will put care and effort into the job as well. Be sure to offer a desired and worthwhile prize such as getting to choose where the family eats for dinner or what movie to watch when cleaning day is over. Also, be sure to praise all of the participants to show appreciation and to assure everyone they did a good job even if they didn’t win the prize.
Kids will invariably feel better about a cleaning task if they feel that they’ve chosen what to do rather than being told what to do. Everyone has chores they tolerate better and some they despise. By offering choices of various tasks that need to be accomplished, kids will be more willing to get involved and feel like they have some input on the entire process.
Get everyone involved
It’s easy to get the older kids who are more self-sufficient involved in spring cleaning, but it’s not quite as simple with little ones. Little kids like to mimic big kids and adults, so use that to your advantage. If you’re dusting a bookshelf, give your little one a rag too, and let them work on the lowest shelf. Another option is to have them work at removing the books before dusting and replacing them when the task is finished. Spring cleaning day is also a good time to let the little ones practice putting their own toys away.
Make it fun
There are tons of ways to make cleaning the house a little less terrible. Play some fun music and allow everyone to let loose and engage in some singing and dancing while they work. It’s also fun to play group games such as 20 Questions to make the time go faster.
When the entire family gets involved with spring cleaning, it can easily become a time of family fun and a bonding experience rather than a drudgery and chore that everyone tries to avoid. Taking some simple steps to make the process more fun might just result in the kids asking to clean the house on a regular basis!