Got spring fever? Get spring cleaning! Here are 4 tips from Domestic CEO to help make spring cleaning easier and less time consuming!
Turn on your favorite upbeat music during cleaning time. You’ll be surprised how your mood is affected by a peppy song. If the whole family is helping out, create fun dance steps to incorporate into the clean-up effort. Everyone will have more fun and what could be a tedious chore transforms into a great time (giggling might even happen!).
Step #3: Get Organized
Want to make that family 15-minutes cleaning time even more efficient? If you break down the cleaning jobs into visual, manageable steps, suddenly the task doesn’t seem overwhelming. Create “cleaning cards” for each room of your house. For example, cleaning the living room at my house involves:
Cleaning light fixtures and the ceiling fan
Vacuuming the furniture
Cleaning the windows
You can write these steps on 3x5 cards and store them in an index card storage box. When the family tackles a specific room, you’ve got all the chores spelled out. You can each take one item from the list and get it done in your allotted 15 minutes. Once that room is completed, the card goes to the back of the file. You can also create separate cleaning cards for individual jobs like “wiping down baseboards.”
This system assures all rooms and cleaning chores take place on a regular basis. It's also a great way for the entire family to understand what is involved in keeping the house clean and why one person shouldn’t be responsible for handling all the chores.
Finally, if you really want to amp things up, one night take a single cleaning item card and see what can be accomplished in the timed 15 minutes. You may find that a cleaning competition begins!
Step #4: Create Incentives
We all work better with an incentive dangling like a carrot in front of us, right? Home cleaning is no exception. When you do your job, you get a paycheck. When your child works hard on a school project, he gets a good grade. Why shouldn’t cleaning chores get the same treatment? Even if it’s just you and your spouse handling all the home cleaning, why not treat yourselves for a job well done? If a family is involved, rewarding with a special treat like ice cream or watching a favorite TV show is a good incentive. If everyone pitches in to handle a big job, maybe a night out at a restaurant is the reward.