It’s “Spring Cleaning” time – a task that’s even more important when your home is for sale. Cleaning a home from top to bottom is a big job, but since many hands make light work, why not make an annual chore into something that will leave your family wanting more? Spring cleaning day can be a fun family time. Don’t believe me? Read on…
Best Laid Plans
Step one to Spring cleaning success is to plan ahead! Make sure all family members know when the big day will be. Put it on the family calendar, issue a few friendly reminders, and maybe even make some fun and silly invitations that contain individualized to-do lists as well as a list of games, prizes, and special treats that will be available (or earned!) throughout the day.
Make sure they all know it’s a family event and that it’s not a family if everyone isn’t there! And make a list of supplies and do the shopping in advance so you’re not spending time running to the store. And make a rule that all cell phones are turned off for the day!
Good Clean Fun
Create a Spring cleaning soundtrack by inviting each family member to bring a favorite CD or iTunes playlist. Draw straws to determine the order in which they’ll be played and then take a vote at day’s end as to who had the best and worst cleanup music.
Serve up a Spring cleaning smorgasbord by fixing your family’s favorite snacks. You might even survey them in advance to see what they’d like on the clean-up menu. Set break times and snack together!
Turn the clean-up into a contest by dividing the family into teams. Give each team the same basic amount of work (and make sure the teams are fair too) and see who can get done first. Reward the winners with an extra treat.
Make memories by taking pictures throughout the day. Your kids can take the Spring cleaning scrapbook to school to show teachers and classmates how hard they worked….and how much fun they had!
Don’t forget to celebrate by planning a family night of fun once the job is done! Head out to dinner or to the movies. Or stay at home and eat pizza in your sparkling clean kitchen, just make sure you keep it that way!
Lara Taylor – Realtor/Broker
Twitter – @AskForLara