10 Cleaning Methods That Work! (At Least For Me)
I haven’t posted a regular list in a while because I have had so many giveaways! The stack of DVDs I have sitting next to me will have to wait, because here is a post about cleaning! I have a love/hate relationship with cleaning. I hate thinking about it, but end up kind of loving it when I get started! I have so many different methods and, depending on my mood, I use them all! Sometimes I am home alone (that method required blasting music) other times my family gets to hear me singing at the top of my lungs at 1AM with my headphones on. My response? “If you don’t want to hear me sing, than help me clean!” They will turn usually just around and go back to bed. It sometimes works. My 6-year-old daughter is usually the only one that will say “Okay!” and start helping, at which point I show her the clock and remind her she has school the next day. Even though I never stick to one method, they all accomplish the same thing…a clean house!
Here are 10 cleaning methods that work for me:
1 – The List Method (*no help): This is my favorite method I use because I am a list freak! After all the kids are in bed, I sit down and make a list of everything that needs to be cleaned in the whole house. By each item, I write the amount of time I think it will take. I add up all the times and see how long it will take (usually about 3 hours). I then set the timer on the microwave and try to beat it! Seeing the length of time helps me realize that 3 hours of my time is totally worth waking up to a clean house! If you don’t have 3 hours, make a list of items you can finish in 1 hour.
2 – The Party Method (***lots of help): When every room in the house is demolished we have cleaning parties! We use the same method as #1, but I set a timer for each room. We all clean as fast as we can before the timer runs out and then move to the next room. Music and dancing are a must! (I am actually getting excited just writing about this because we really do have a lot of fun!)
3 – The “Things Method” (***lots of help): Instead of “chores,” I sometimes tell my kids to clean up a certain amount of things in one room. It sounds better than “clean your room!” and they usually end up competing and doing way more than I asked!
4 – The Bribing Method (**some help): I think of an AWESOME reward (that is also cheap). Redbox movie, popcorn and ice cream? Going to pick a treat out at the store? Making cookies? I get my kids all hyped up about the reward and tell them as soon as the house is clean, they can have the reward. You can use this method with the “Party Method” it works wonders! It’s not a new idea by any means, but it usually works!
5 – The Other Bribing Method (*no help): When I am not in the mood to clean, I will think of some kind of reward for myself if I can knock off all the things on my list. A cheap pair of clearance shoes at Kohl’s usually gets me moving! I very rarely buy anything for myself, and if I do it has to be super cheap! I usually set a limit of $10-$15 and see what I can find. Last time I found some gorgeous, black, Rock & Republic 5 inch heels for $14! (80% off and I had a coupon) Totally worth a few hours of cleaning while I was tired!
6 – The Game Method (**some help): I love this one too! I use this when there are more than a few messy rooms. I will write down a list of rooms that need to be cleaned. We count up the rooms and pick that many board games. If there are 5 rooms, I will let each of my kids pick one since they never agree. Or I will let them pick one each and I will pick the rest if there are more than 5. We work together to clean the rooms and take a break to play a game after each room!
7 – The “Store, Clean” Method (**some or lots of help): This was a random idea and it ended up being my kids’ favorite method! Here’s the story behind it… One day when my youngest came home from preschool I asked him to help me clean up the toys he had left out all over the house. He of course threw a fit, which was expected, so I tried to think of an idea to make it fun for him. We hadn’t eaten lunch yet so I took him the grocery store and we took turns picking out different snacks (some healthy, some not) and assigned a room to each. We went home and made a list of all the rooms and the snack we were going to have after each. We had popsicles, apples, yogurt, fruit snacks and a bunch of other random snacks. He still will say “Store, Clean?” after getting home from school! Now that all 5 of my kids are in school, this has turned into a Saturday activity.
8 – The Music Method (any amount of help): I use this when I have less than an hour. I give each of my kids a paper and pen then let them pick 1 or 2 songs on my iPod. I make a playlist with their songs and have them clean up as many things as they can during each song. They make tally marks on their paper and we add them all up at the end. Whoever has the most tally marks, gets to pick the prize
9 – The Commercial Method (any amount of help): This is the method I use when my kids are being lazy and sitting in front of the TV after they’ve left a disaster for me to clean. I tell them they can either turn off the TV and start helping, or they can clean at commercial breaks. This doesn’t really work when they are watching from the DVR because they will just fast forward when I am not looking! I sometimes use the same tally mark method as number #8 to make it a little more fun and whoever wins gets to pick what to watch next or I’ll let them pick a movie at RedBox.
10 – The Pile Method (***lots of help): I just started this method after being extremely frustrated when I come home to a pig sty last week! I had cleaned the entire downstairs before I left and when I returned 2 hours later, there were things everywhere! My kids trashed it then thought it would be cool to leave it all and go outside to play! So, I went through each room and put everything that was out of place into a big pile in the middle. Shoes, wrappers, cups, clothes, toys, etc… I brought my kids in from outside and showed them the piles. I told them that anything left in the piles (or not put away in the right place) after 30 minutes would be thrown in the garbage. They furiously starting grabbing their stuff and putting everything away. I came back 30 minutes later with a garbage back and was very happy to find just a few pieces of trash left in each pile. I would much rather clean up a few pieces of trash than an entire room! This method wasn’t the most fun, but it was very effective!
*No Help – Cleaning by yourself!
**Some Help – You have a few helpers.
***Lots of Help! – Everyone is ready to pitch in!
Hopefully this list is somewhat helpful and gave you an idea or two! If you have another method you use, please comment below. I would love to get some more ideas!
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