The rule of any house is that everybody pitches in. However, sometimes that rule is ignored or not enforced. When that happens, you can get angry and that leads to stress. A better approach is to get everyone onboard with helping out. Here are some ways to motivate your family to help with the cleaning.
Explain the Job
You might have been cleaning for a lifetime but these tasks will be new to the kids. Yes, they’ve watched you clean but until they snap on the rubber gloves and experience it for themselves, they won’t really know what is expected. When you assign them a task, it might help to work alongside them for the first few attempts. The older kids would probably prefer a checklist of instructions. Be specific because kids are famous for looking for ways out of doing something on a “technicality.”
Don’t Over Schedule
Between school, after school activities, homework and hanging out with friends your kids have a busy schedule. Now you want to add to that schedule with some cleaning. No wonder they’re grumbling. The goal would be to leave the scheduling to you. Find some time when they’re not doing those things like on Saturday or Sunday morning. Part of the scheduling is also setting the allotted time. If they know they only have to clean for an hour, then it might take the “sting” off the task.
There is nothing wrong with rewarding your kids for a job well done but that doesn’t mean a trip to the toy story every time they pick up their room. You could make some fresh cookies or brownies as a treat or let them pick what’s for dinner. Above all, praise them for a job well done. Let them see how much you appreciate the help by spending more time with them. That’s when they’ll understand the concept of pitching in for the great good.
It will also help to start with a proverbial clean slate. That means getting rid of all the things you complain about that are cluttering up the house. This is a perfect job to Junk King Miami. Your kids won’t be able to load up an old sofa and get it disposed of but Junk King certainly can. Help your family keep the house clean with a junk clearing session from Junk King Miami.