We all know what happens when you tell your husband to do the laundry for you or ask your kids to tidy up their room? You feel like you’re talking to the hand and the results are nil. Asking more politely turns out to be futile as well. Probably because your family associates house chores with obligation. To change all that, turn cleaning into a group activity. First and foremost everyone should participate in the process. This way you will be done before you realize it and no one will get bored. The following suggestions can transform cleaning and tidying up your house into a fun and easy game.
The Inspector Game
Tell your entire family they should prepare themselves for a cleaning inspection. Here’s how it goes: take one of your kids’ toy whistles and blow it to announce the beginning of the game. Everyone should run to their own room, close the door and spend ten minutes inside cleaning. The aim is to get as much work done in the shortest amount of time. The beds should be made, the toys should be picked off the floor, the clean clothes – hanged in the wardrobe while the dirty ones should be placed where they belong, that is in the laundry basket. Once the ten minutes pass, you blow the whistle again to announce the time is up. It would be a good idea to wear gloves or an apron when you go on your inspection. Go from room to room to evaluate the end result. The person who has done the best job should be rewarded depending on their age.
The Delivery Man Game
This game is more suitable for younger children. It will help them establish a habit of collecting their toys and clothes and placing them where they belong. If someone fails to put their belongings in the right place, you collect and store them in a special basket – you are the only one to have access to it. Every evening you appoint one of the kids to act as the Delivery man – his or her task is to take the items from the basket and distribute them to their rightful owners. Needless to say, this will save you a lot of time and efforts going up and down the stairs. Besides the game will prevent you from constantly tripping over your kids’ toys.
The Dance & Clean Game
We are sure each and every member of your family will appreciate this one as most people enjoy music greatly. Here are the rules – first every family member should pick their favorite song. Then you play the songs one after the other for about ten minutes. Meanwhile each person is dancing to the music but cleaning at the same time. Whoever is caught not dancing must clean for another ten minutes. It turns out dusting and shimmying at the same time is not as hard as you thought it would be, right?
The Spinning Bottle Game
We all have played “Spin the bottle” when we were in high school. Here the principles are almost the same and it could be as much fun. Make sure you make tiny cards first though. On each card the name of a household chore should be printed – cleaning the refrigerator, mopping the floor, dusting furniture, throwing out the trash and so forth. Put the cards in a box, jumble them up and ask a member of your family to pick one out. The rest should stand in a circle. Once a card had been picked, spin the bottle. The person to whom the bottle points when it stops spinning, should do the chore from the card.
Once you’ve turned cleaning into a game, no one will fret and your house will always be spotless and tidy. What’s more – kids will probably beg you to play! Who says cleaning your home should be a cumbersome and tedious task?