It has been a wonderful summer here in Calgary. So wonderful, in fact, that it seems like a shame to waste any time indoors cleaning. If you’ve found your list of things to-do ever-growing, you’re not alone! How can you possibly be motivated to stay inside and clean while the sun is shining and the garden is growing?
We say, put those kids to work!
Before it’s time for them to start school again, take their seemingly endless bouts of energy and put it to use by teaching them how to help with basic house cleaning chores. Not only will it save you time and energy, it will also teach your kids to respect the work that you do day in and day out. Bonus: if you can get them excited about helping Mom, they may even continue helping after school starts!
So, what does it take to get those kids up and cleaning?
Listen To Music
I’m sure you’ve found cleaning to be much more enjoyable when you put on your favorite playlist – whether it’s upbeat music that you can dance to or romantic ballads that you can sing your heart out to, you can’t deny that music makes cleaning almost fun! Your kids will think so too. It may be the latest Disney movie soundtrack or a country music album you’ve always played, but whatever it is, make sure to play it loud and proud!
Make Homemade Cleaning Products
What kid doesn’t like mixing together ingredients to create something? It’s exciting and rewarding, and a great way to get your kids more excited about using those products to help around the house. Besides the obvious benefit of not having to worry about these products coming into contact with your children, you can also start to teach them at a young age the importance of natural products and the danger of toxic chemicals.
Children love to play pretend. Encourage their creativity and shorten your to-do list by helping them start their own cleaning company! “Cole’s Cleaning Company” or “Miranda’s Maid Service” could very well be your new go-to cleaning solution!
Color Enhance Your Chore Chart
Instead of the boring chore chart that gets forgotten on so many fridges, create a new and exciting chart with color coded descriptions and let your children put stars next to each completed task (what child doesn’t love stickers?!). Your kids may even start checking the chart first thing in the morning!
Reward Their Efforts
Determine proportionate rewards for each cleaning task, or for a day’s worth of cleaning. Remember not to go overboard, but there’s nothing wrong with making them their favorite snack or taking them to the water park for having completed their chores. As they get older, you can even consider giving them a dollar for every task completed, or a set amount for each room cleaned.
Show Your Appreciation
Last but not least, let your children know that you appreciate their hard work. Kids like to see their mom happy, especially if they know that they had something to do with it. Don’t hide your enthusiasm when they proudly declare that they’ve made their bed or wiped down the kitchen table – make sure they know just how proud you are.
While kids are great for on-going chores and general upkeep, if you need an extra hand with deep cleans or stubborn jobs, give ComPro a call!