Hello there! I can tell it's the New Year, 'cause I've got cleaning and organizing on my mind. Every night, before bath and bedtime stuff, the girls clean up their playroom and bedroom (with some Mommy and Daddy help usually…). Since it is part of our routine, there is usually no fuss about it. Sometimes, though, we need a little something extra to make the cleaning-up not such a chore. Here's a few things that we like to do:
- Use a timer: Set a timer and see if you can complete the clean-up (or a portion of the clean-up) before the timer goes off. We usually can get it done in 15 minutes. Some kids love this, but others find it too stressful (like my 6-year-old!).
- Roll the dice: If it looks like a game, my girls are ready to play! Write 6 jobs down on a piece of paper, such as put away the stuffed animals or tidy the art table. Everyone rolls the dice and does their job. You could also assign each number to a certain area of the house or room.
- Spin the spinner: Same concept as the dice game — make your own spinner and fill the spaces with rooms, jobs, or chores. Everyone spins and gets busy!
- Music: This is probably the easiest and most effective around here — put on some happy music and dance your way through clean-up. I'm thinking the girls and I could even put together a clean-up time playlist for the iPod.
I'd love to hear about the ways you have fun during clean-up time!
Happy playing & cleaning!