Families lead busy lives nowadays with so many activities to cram into a dwindling amount of time, and cleaning the home can sometimes seem to come right at the bottom of the to-do list. And, even in these enlightened, modern times, whatever cleaning does get done is too often done by just one person, leading to tiredness, frustration and resentment.
If you’re in this situation, then don’t manage it alone a minute longer - it is possible to embark on a new regime – a cleaning schedule for the entire household that actually works.
List the Chores
Start by listing all the household chores separately, from doing the laundry and shopping to putting out the bins and walking the dog. Then break these down into those that are daily, weekly and monthly tasks. Make notes on which are the best days and times for each task to be done. At the same time, you could make a note of which task could be best suited to which family member. Print this out so everyone can see it.
Get the Family Together
It’s important to get all the family members on side in order for any cleaning schedule to work so try not to make this meeting a rant where you complain loudly about how you do all the work while they don’t! Allow everyone a say in which tasks they’re happy to do and when; for instance, the kids may be out most of the time so their chores should be those they can easily fit in in-between school, homework and seeing friends.
Work out a reward and incentive scheme. This works especially well with younger children who always appreciate gifts and treats and will take pride in having won something for a job well done. Older children could be incentivised with the promise of their favourite dinner or a sleepover at a friend’s house. Bribery often helps, but it doesn’t have to cost much.
Mix It Up
Doing the same chores over and over can become robotic and boring and eventually means them not getting done at all, so try to switch things around every so often so that everyone gets to do different chores occasionally.
Make Friends with YouTube
Instead of insisting that everything be done the way you’ve always done them swallow your misgivings and allow the kids to take some tips from online tutorials. They’re more likely to engage if they can follow advice from a YouTube star like Mrs Hinch!
Finally, try not to be too critical if things aren’t done perfectly. Patience, rewards and a simple thank you goes a long way towards making everyone want to make the effort.