How many times do you need to make a request for a task before it gets done? It’s amazing how the amount of times you ask really doesn’t seem to be impacted by age. You could ask a toddler and a teen to make their bed the same amount of times and it still becomes a showdown. Maybe it is time to change your approach and to find a better way to motivate your family to help clean. Here’s what you can do:
Set Realistic Cleaning Goals
We all like things a certain way. For some, that “certain way” is spotless. Others take a more relaxed approach to clutter. To motivate you family, you have to meet them somewhere in the middle. Yes, you can have a standard for cleanliness but it doesn’t have to be “hospital clean” all the time. It also helps to match the task with the appropriate age and skill level. The older the kid, the more challenges they can take on. That’s realistic.
Get Everyone On Board
No one should escape cleaning duties. It might be hard to set aside a time and day when everyone is able to dedicate time to the tasks at hand, but everyone needs to pitch in. You already know that with siblings, if one isn’t pulling their weight, then the others will revolt. It might help to have a kitchen chart set up where the family can “check off” when an assignment is done. That way everyone can see each other’s progress and know that everyone is working towards the common goal of keeping the house clean.
When it comes to motivating your family to clean, you have to pick your battles. There are times when your kids will come home from school and will be genuinely exhausted. Allow them some decompression time. If they’ve been assigned a cleanup duty and they haven’t completed it, then you can give them options to when it gets down. This doesn’t mean you put up with procrastination or laziness. Just be flexible. If they need a break, then let them have it knowing they’ll make it up at a later, agreed upon time.
Start Junk Free
It also helps to start out in a junk free home. That can become your standard and it’s when you might want to bring in Junk King Fort Lauderdale. Your family can do a lot of cleaning but might not be able to remove old furniture or get electronics recycled. Those are perfect tasks for Junk King. Once Junk King Fort Lauderdale has cleared your home of rubbish, your family will have an easier time cleaning up.