We call tidying up the house a Cleanup Campaign. I’ll say, “Okay ladies! It’s time for a Cleanup Campaign!” I always stress that we are a team to get them to buy into the end result – a tidy living space. Here are five ways to hold a clean up campaign:
2. Beat the Clock: I set a timer and expect a certain area to be cleaned by the time the beeper goes off. You can use a microwave, or a timer. Whether it’s beating the clock or knowing they only have “X” amount of time, this technique works like magic. In fact, I use this method for myself! I hate doing the dishes, so I set the time on the microwave for 10 minutes to make this household chore less painful.
3. Play Your Cards: I pull playing cards out and fan them. Each child plucks a card. The rule is they have to pick up the same number of items as the number on the card. If she draws a 2, then she finds two items that need to be put away. If a child pulls a face card then I get to choose how many items they need to put away!
4. Keep it a Secret: Choose something to be the secret toy, set a timer, and whoever picks up the chosen item wins a prize.
5. I Spy: I say, “I spy a dog!” and the girls will rush to be the first to pick up the dog to put it away. This works best on my four year old. My oldest daughter still gets involved, but she is more motivated if I offer a reward for being the fastest to put away a certain number of “I spy” items.
If all else fails, get their attention by setting a timer and announcing that “I’m setting a timer and anything left on the floor when the beep goes off is mine for a week!”