Cleaning

How to Get Your Family to Help With the Spring Cleaning

Spring cleaning is a big job. While it’s certainly something you can do on your own, you don’t have to. In fact, there is benefit to having your family help with the job. It alleviates some of the work you have to do. Children can learn the value of hard work. They can contribute to the care and keeping of your home. And perhaps they’ll discover a little bit more about what you do to keep your home nice.

Getting your family to help isn’t always easy. Here are seven tips and ideas to help you enlist their help.

  1. Bribe them. Money talks. Or if your children are young then stickers, treats or even an afternoon at the movies can motivate people to help. Come up with a reward before you approach them with their jobs.
  2. Make it fun with music. Music makes any job easier. Find family friendly, fun, and motivating music for the entire family to enjoy.
  3. Make it a game. Consider making the spring cleaning task a game. Everyone likes games, right? Consider timing each person. The person that gets their job done the fastest wins. Or the person that gets their job done the best wins. You might also make it a game of speed and skill. For example, finish a task and then run to a designated place in the room and take a token. The person who collects the most tokens wins. Of course their work needs to be checked. If they didn’t do a good job then they lose tokens.
  4. Celebrate after. Have a post spring cleaning party. Order pizza take out and watch a movie together. Have a family game night. Go out to your favorite family restaurant. Or do something fun like go bowling, skating or to your local indoor amusement park.
  5. Give them choices. Consider making a list of all of the jobs that need to be accomplished. Then ask your children or family members to each choose three tasks. This way they have some control over the process. And they have chosen tasks that best suit their preferences.
  6. Provide guidance. Create a step by step procedure of how you want the task to be completed. For example, if one child is cleaning out a closet list everything that goes into the job. Consider creating a checklist for them. They can easily follow the list and you know everything will get done.
  7. Make it age/skill appropriate. Make sure each family member has age appropriate tasks. You wouldn’t want to ask a five year old to clean out the refrigerator. You might find that they throw everything away! If you’re letting your children choose which cleaning jobs the take on, consider grouping them by age. That way your child can choose from a list of jobs you know they can complete.

When you enlist the help of your entire family, spring cleaning can be completed in no time. You’ll feel as if you have all accomplished something together. And you can celebrate your success when you’re done.

Simplify Your Life With Easy Home Cleaning

When it comes to keeping your home in a condition that you’re proud of, it seems that there’s always something that needs cleaning, repairing, or maintaining. It’s easy to become stressed or overwhelmed by the overload of chores.

However, the good news is that there are some great strategies you can use to make maintaining your home simpler, less time-consuming, and easier to handle.

Take Care of Cleaning Each Day
Cleaning a home can be a never-ending chore, but the pride and satisfaction you’ll feel is well worth the effort. You can make cleaning a lot more enjoyable if you don’t try to do it all in one day. For example, clean your bedroom on Monday, your bathroom on Tuesday, and your living room on Wednesday. Pick whatever schedule works for you.  If you do small cleaning tasks each day, you won’t get overwhelmed, and you won’t spend all day trying to clean your entire house.

There’s another big benefit, too: When you clean frequently, dust and dirt can’t build up, so cleaning stays quick and easy.

There are a few other ways to make cleaning better, faster, easier, and more enjoyable, too, like:

  • Keep cleaning products in the rooms you use them most
  • Use a schedule instead of only cleaning when you feel like it
  • Put things away immediately when you’re done with them
  • Use a dishwasher instead of doing the dishes by hand
  • Use self-cleaning appliances like ovens or automatic shower cleaners

You can also listen to music or your favorite TV show in the background, put on a funny movie, dance with the broom, sing, or do anything else that makes you smile while you clean.

Rewarding yourself after cleaning with a hot bath, a good book, or something else that brings you joy helps make things easier, too. Simplify as much as possible to make cleaning faster and you’ll be enjoying your reward before you know it!

Avoid Clutter
One of the reasons some people have such trouble cleaning, cooking, and getting everything done in their home is because they have too much stuff to work around. There are books, toys, knickknacks, and all types of things everywhere, so there’s hardly room to do anything!

By putting things away when you’re done with them, you can avoid this situation. If you’ve already got the clutter, block off time to sort it and put it away or remove it from your home. Simplify your tasks by establishing convenient places for the things you want to keep.

If you don’t need it, use it, or love it, it should leave your life. Yard sales and thrift stores are great ways to get rid of the clutter in your life.

Know When to Hire a Professional
Another great way to simplify your life is to know when something isn’t very simple. If it’s too complicated for you to handle, get a professional to do it.

The same is true for things you don’t have time for. Engage the services of a cleaner to free your time.  Hire a Professional Organiser to help you complete those decluttering jobs.  Then it is done, you are more organized and you can maintain your new system.

By keeping clutter at bay, cleaning as you go, and getting professionals to help you complete your declutter projects, you’ll be well on your way to a simpler life. Living more simply can mean lower stress levels and better health, too, and those are things you can’t afford to compromise on!