Cleaning. It’s one of the most dreaded chores within many households. Convincing family members, housemates or anyone else living at the home to pitch in with the cleaning can be harder than pulling teeth. Children will often much rather play with toys than give you a hand tidying up, and adults aren’t much better. If you’ve been struggling to figure out how to get your household motivated to help out, this is the blog post for you! We’re going to let you in on our top 3 secret tips to creating a foolproof cleaning schedule that’s engaging, easy to use and works every time.
Make it fun
When it comes to creating a cleaning schedule, there are a few things you can do to get everyone on board. Rewards are right at the top of the list. Outings, treats, TV time, access to the car and other rewards can be quite convincing for kids and adults alike, when used in conjunction with a cleaning schedule. For younger kids, a star chart attached to the schedule can also go a long way.
Make it clear
Keep your cleaning schedule clear and easy to understand. If you look online, you’ll be able to find a range of schedule templates to help ensure you’re getting the message across loud and clear. It will be much harder for household members to question their chores or not understand if all tasks are clearly allocated, defined, and written in a way that everyone will understand. It may also help to attach a reference sheet to the schedule that outlines which cleaning products are needed for each cleaning task.
Display it in a noticeable place
Ensure your schedule is placed somewhere that everyone in your home will see it. Household members are then reminded of the chores they need to do whenever they see the schedule. The fridge, the back of the bathroom door, next to the calendar – these are all good places to set up your schedule.
Following a schedule certainly isn’t for everyone, but it can be a great step towards helping to get your household members involved in the cleaning. It’s not fair that one person should have to take on all the responsibility!