It’s difficult to keep a home clean. It’s especially difficult when you have kids, who tend to make messes. If not everyone in the family is involved in helping keep the home clean, it can be an impossible task. Here’s some tips to make sure that the whole family gets involved in the effort to keep things clean.
Create a Schedule
One of the most important ways to get everyone involved in household chores is to assign chores to everyone. It’s hard for kids to look around and know what needs to be done in the house, but if you assign them a chore that they need to regularly, it’s easier for them to remember and help out. Make a list of everything that needs to be done in the home, and assign them out. You might assign each family member a room that they are in charge, or specific chores. Maybe these chores will rotate monthly, or maybe they will be permanent. You know your kids better than anyone and know what they can handle. However, keep in mind that you might have to try out a few different methods before you find one that works best for your family.
Get Your Toddlers Involved
It may seems like toddlers are too young to clean. However, getting them started young will help them develop good habits for when they are older. Try to find simple tasks that toddlers can be in charge of, such as putting their dirty clothes in a hamper or picking up their toys. If you give them tasks in a shared room, like dusting in the living room, you will want to make sure that they do an acceptable job. As they get older, give them more age-appropriate chores. Starting them young will help you maintain a clean home and help them develop responsibility and good habits.
Implement a Reward System
No matter what age you may be, everyone could use a reason to stay on track. Head to your local school supply store and buy some markers, stickers and a large sheet of cardboard or whiteboard. Make a chart of the chores each week that you need done and assign each family member’s name to a few of those chores. When each chore has been accomplished, the kid can stick the sticker in the appropriate spot on the chart.
Now is the fun part. Together as a family, come up with a reward for a week’s worth of chores accomplished. Would your kids like to head out to their favorite burger joint? Or, would everyone enjoy a round of miniature golf? Decide on a reward together, and decide when you will have earned that goal, based on the sticker chart. Maybe when the chart is completely full you’ll earn the reward, or maybe you’ll get a smaller reward every week when every chore has been done.
Implement a reward that will motivate your family to do a great job taking care of their personal belongings, and you’ll have a family that cleans together, sticks together, and makes happy memories, together!
Turn it Over to the Professionals
There are some chores that you might not be able to do on your own, or that you really don’t want to do. One way to handle these is to have a professional take care of them. We’d be happy to come and clean your carpets!