This seriously isn’t genius. I just thought I’d share this cleaning thing I do with my kids. I remember my mom doing it with us when we were growing up.
A few Sundays ago, I came home from a walk to a house that looked like this:
Yuck. It was time for everyone to go to bed, but I did not want to clean it all by myself. It was time for 10 Minute Clean Up.
The rules are pretty simple: We set the timer for 10 minutes and tell them that all they have to do is clean fast for 10 minutes and no matter what it looks like, we are done when the timer rings. I took some pictures this particular time for some Before and Afters, to show them how much we can get done in a short amount of time. We put on music and run around (while parents help and shout encourage comments and reminders). It’s usually really effective; look:
Pretty good for 10 Minutes, huh?
So there you go. Cleaning tips from the girl who just wants to go to bed.
(Your kids might want to talk you into 10 minute practicing or 10 minute homework, but don’t fall for it…slightly less effective, I’m thinking.)