When spring rolls around, cleaning is on everyone’s mind. If you have a house full of kids, it can sometimes be difficult to get them into the spring cleaning spirit.
However, this doesn’t mean that it can’t be done.
If you have a house cleaning list and want to figure out how to get your kids to get through it with some diligence, we can help. Use these tips so that you are optimizing your home cleaning work as a family.
1. Lead By Example
If cleanliness and tidiness is part of your life, your kids will pick up on it.
When you lead the charge, they’ll follow. So set aside a day or weekend where everyone is cleaning up.
Break down the project into tasks, and make sure that your kids know you’re doing the same. Once they see the results that you are getting with your project, they’ll feel inspired to keep working hard.
However, you can’t always be expected to clean at the same time, all the time. For projects that you are assigning to your kids, let them see you do the work first so they know how to handle it correctly.
From there, they will be more likely to follow your example and get some cleaning of their own done.
2. Give Them Doable Tasks
Your kids will get frustrated or bored if the project is too much for them. Break it down into little chunks that they can accomplish, and let the momentum build.
Setting goals and tasks is all about making it plain and making sure that you have clear deadlines. The better you plan the cleaning project, the better results you’ll get.
3. Make it Something Fun That Everyone is in On
Never make the mistake of thinking that getting work done has to be some dull, boring chore that everyone dreads. There’s nothing wrong with throwing some fun into the mix — as a matter of fact, it can be helpful.
When we play, it helps our brains, builds teamwork, and helps to get things done.
You know your kids — some might love songs, while others might rise to the occasion of a challenge. Figure out what everyone likes and put it to use during the cleaning project.
4. Let Them Know That Their Contributions Matter
Your kids will be more likely to work without you twisting their arm when they can see how their contributions matter.
Never hesitate to let them know what a big help they are. This praise goes a long way, and if they see how their contributions matter, they are more likely to work hard.
5. Dish Out Meaningful Rewards From Time to Time
You can’t spoil your kids with treats every time they clean up. At the end of the day, this is a responsibility, so they can’t always expect to be rewarded for it.
However, a reward every now and then will let them know that they did a great job, which builds successful habits.
Put Together a House Cleaning List
Now that you have your house cleaning list, use these tips to get your kids involved. This way, your home will be better for it and your children will have quality habits.
Don’t hesitate to contact us when you need some cleaning work.