Today’s WFMW has a Cleaning Tip theme. (Excuse me for a minute while I step away to laugh and make something up.)
Ok, I’m back, and I actually do have a tip that works for me : a cleaning competition! I use this little trick when it’s time for a major house cleaning.
I walk around the house and make a list of every little thing that needs to be done. I make it very long and detailed so there are plenty of choices for everyone. I give the kids a minute to look over the list, and then everyone chooses one thing on the list and writes his/her name beside it.
And they’re off!! It is now a race to complete that chore, check it off, and get your name down again beside another task.
We do have a few rules:
- You can only have your name by one task at a time – no dibs on the next.
- The job must be done neatly and correctly.
- Older kids cannot claim all of the easy jobs & leave the hard stuff for the little ones.
My kids love this game because they get to choose what they clean. I love this game because the work gets done quickly with little whining. There is no time for lollygagging about because someone else might claim the job you want next!
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