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Tired of doing all the cleaning yourself?? Check this out!

Submitted:Oct 18, 2008    Reads: 127    Comments: 5    Likes: 5   

Our bellies are full, our Friday night buffet of left-over's are all eaten. We sit at the table, relaxed from a full week of school and work. "Who wants to help pick up?"
"Me! Me!" The two girls practically fight over who gets to pick up my plate and glass. Quickly, the three of us clear the table, put dishes in the dishwasher, and wipe off the counters. I give one of them a Swiffer to do the floors, the other a wipe to clean the dining table.
Okay. Pause. I know what you're thinking….Those kids must be crazy to really like helping clean up. Well, maybe so, but at least it gets done. And I'm not doing it all by myself. Here are some simple tips to make picking up fun and easy for a whole family.
First of all, get in on the fun! Kids see what their parents do. We are their role models. If we wait a few days to do those dishes (yuck, I know), then our kids are going to wait a few days to clean out their lunchboxes. Doing it together counts as quality time, and it gets done much quicker. For little ones, don't worry if they didn't get that ketchup smudge off the table just right. At least they're making the effort.
Next, make it fun! Get excited about cleaning. Turn on some Aerosmith…. Or whatever music gets you up and moving. Did you know that you can actually burn calories moving around a kitchen? Yep!
Get organized. I have a rule in my house: kids toys stay in their rooms, adult toys stay in our rooms (yes, I do mean those kind of toys, too). If a toy finds its way into the living room or another room, it gets put into a box for a week. That toy is in "time-out". Let's just say not many toys get put into time-out very often. Get plastic shoe boxes to organize things. Clean out clutter. It's never fun to clean up after someone else. If it's there for more than a day, it gets put into the time-out box.
Do a little every day. Even if it's just for fifteen minutes, get something done each day. A load of laundry, doing a quick sweep of the floor, or even just random picking up around the house.
For those big-day clean ups: Ugh, it's time for the dusting, vacuuming, and toilet cleaning. Depending upon a kids age, they're big enough to help with most of these big chores. Give them a baby wipe. Yep, a baby wipe. Those things can actually clean quite a bit. I buy those things in bulk. Put on the music, open the windows to air things out, and have fun with it!
There are kids who don't like to clean their own rooms. I have two of those. They're quick to help around the house, but their rooms look like they've been hit by a tornado. I have two rules about that. Play with one item at a time. When you're done, you must pick it up before going on to another toy. Two: What you don't want to pick up, goes to the Salvation Army. About once a month, I usually have a good trash bag full of stuff going to the Salvation Army. Apparantly they didn't really like those toys anyway.
So, how about it? Get off your butt and go get some cleaning up done! Get the whole house in on it. It's not as bad as you think it is, and it's actually fun for the whole family. Think about the quality time you get to spend together when it's all and done with.


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