Tip #7: The 15 minute pickup.
This is a technique, again derived from Fly Lady. Here are the rules:
- Set a timer for 15 minutes.
- Ask everyone in the house to clean whatever they want for those 15 min. Provide more direction for little ones.
- No one stops working until the timer goes off.
I recently tried this before going to bed. It was amazing how much stuff you can pick up in 15 minutes and our house looked great when we went to bed.
Some other suggestions would be to play cheerful music, so that kids will find it fun. Or to do mini sessions instead (5 min long) throughout the day to clear the clutter. If you play the same cheerful song every time you clean, kids will begin associate it with cleaning time.
I highly recommend getting kids involved as soon as they can put something in a bin.
Just remember to keep it fun. If you do this every night before bed, it will gradually be easier to motivate people to do and result in better quality cleaning.
My husband particularly liked this technique, because he could chose what he wanted to clean. This is a major plus in my world. Any cleaning is better than no cleaning. 🙂
One final idea: You could also make a simple list of the top three to five things that need to be cleaned that night, so that you can focus your family’s cleaning efforts.