Monday, November 19, 2012

How to Clean Your House (with kids)

1. Make a pan of brownies.

2. Grab a timer.

3. Give each kid a chore per room. Hopefully it's something meaningful like picking up clothes or toys, but if the room is pretty clean resort to the wet-wipe method: grab them a wipe and show them something to scrub! Doornobs, wall spots, mirrors, etc. Anything to keep 'em busy while you ACTUALLY clean.

4. Set the timer for 10 minutes per room....aaaaaaannnnnnd... GO!

5. Clean as much as you possibly can in 10 minutes and demand that the kids do the same because if you work really hard, when the timer rings, you get...   BROWNIES! (really little ones)

6. Repeat 3-5 for as many rooms will hold their attention, or as many brownies as their tummies will hold.  You could sub cookies or M&Ms, too.

This saved me tonight when I needed to clean house but often find that I clean one room, move on to the next, only to walk back in and find that room #1 has already been destroyed.  This way the kids did NOT destroy as I cleaned AND they helped!  Chocolate-y motivation never fails :)


Kathy said...

Great idea!!! I love it. You also made it fun.

Elsha said...

Excellent plan. Also, I'd probably be more motivated to clean if there were brownies at the end.

Kari and Jonathan said...

Great idea! I'm always willing to work for chocolate!

Eric and Amy said...

Just don't forget to wash the chocolatey hands and faces before you send them back for round 2!!