If you manage a busy household of children and pets, then you know how hard it can be to keep your place clean. Beds need to be made, floors need to be mopped, and dishes need to be cleaned.
Don’t do it all on your own! Having your kids get involved will help them learn to be responsible and to take pride in their living space. Here’s what you do:
Get Your Toddlers Involved
Even when you have a hectic home, the same rule applies: when you have a healthy home, you have a happy home. That’s easier to say than do, we know. When you have toddlers to clean up after, bedrooms can get messy and shared living spaces can look like a disaster.
Do you have a toddler who impersonates the Tasmanian devil? Great! Use it to your advantage! Teach them to be responsible for one small chore, such as tidying up their bed or putting away their toys after playing with them. Just implement a ‘one small chore’ rule on a daily basis, and you’ll notice the time it saves you.
Implement a Reward System
Psychologically speaking, everyone needs reasons to stay on track. And kids are no different.
Now, a reward system doesn’t necessarily mean you have to give money to your kids.
Instead, head to your local school supply store and buy some markers, stickers and a large sheet of cardboard or whiteboard. Make a list of the chores each week that you need done and assign each family member’s name to a few of those chores. Just make sure to keep the chores age appropriate. The reward of being able to check things off before their brothers or sisters might be enough.
A better idea is to come up with a reward as a family for a week’s worth of chores accomplished. If everyone does their chores maybe you go to the movies on Saturday. Maybe you all have a favorite burger joint you can go to. These kinds of rewards will motive your family and allow you to spend quality time together.
After all, a family that cleans together, sticks together!
Turn it Over to the Professionals
Of course, you and your toddlers can’t do it all. To provide clean and healthy carpets and furniture for your family, have them professionally cleaned regularly. That’s why we’re here! Give us a call for all your upholstery, tile, and carpet cleaning needs.