Oh the mess! Juice spills, toys scattered all over the floor, food dropped, crumbled and even thrown… it’s all a part of having kids. But, does having kids mean that your house is always a mess? Every time you clean up one spill, it seems like another mess magically pops up in its place. It is almost like a mythical monster that re-grows two heads after one is cut off.
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- Try using your laundry baskets as basketball nets. Or pretend you are bulldozers and bulldoze the clothes into the basket.
- Make it a race and see who can do it the fastest.
- With colored masking tape, tape out a one foot square and have the kids sweep everything into that square.
- Super soft socks are great for sweeping. Or get them a little soapy and skate on the hard floors.
- Play Clean Up bingo! Make a bingo card with chores and give them stickers over the squares when they get done with one chore. First to bingo wins! Set fun together activities as a prize!
The following tactics were suggested by you, our readers!
Reverse psychology. They’ll want to help!
There are many ways to create a fun job chart kids will love. List out the chores in the first column and the days of the week in the next. Each time one of the chores is completed the child gets to pick out a sticker to put in that space. After 10 stickers are earned, kid gets to pick a gift from a treasure chest of stuff you bought at the dollar store like coloring books, magnets, tattoos, nail polish and other toys.
Or you could write a specific chore on a piece of paper and stick it to the fridge with a couple of dollars behind it. When the chore is done, the child get to keep the money!
These types of charts are REALLY motivating. There is nothing more satisfying than seeing stickers lined up across a page. Even for adults! My gym had a fitness challenge during January. If i went for 30 days i would get a free month. Every time I came to a class they gave me a sticker to put up there. I was determined not to miss a day, and I didn’t. I got the free month!
One of our favorite tactics a reader told us was “With 4 kids, this one always works: Change the password of the WiFi and I tell them that WiFi will be back after the house is clean. You won’t believe how fast the house gets clean. ????”
Set a time everyday that you are going to go through the house with your big bag. Any toys left on the floor are going in that bag and will stay there for 3 days. The important thing is to stay consistent, which is often difficult.
Set up a ‘behavior bucks’ system that also rewards helping others, good grades, good deeds and more. You set up a store every week/month where the kids can redeem their bucks for things you have purchased. The trick here is that your store has to have things the kids really want!