Make cleaning fun (and cheap!) and get the kids to help too!
By Julie Smart for Ideas That Spark
Here are my top four tips on getting — and keeping — your house super-clean without much effort.
1. Have a basket contest.
Are you playrooms and bedrooms messy and completely disorganized? Give each of your children a basket and have a contest to see who can get the most items in the basket in two minutes. Reward the winning child with a small prize.
2. Sing, dance and clean.
Put on a sing-along, and have everyone sing and dance while cleaning. For young children, try the Barney cleanup song: Itâ€™s fun and short enough for a young child to learn.
3. Reward donations.
When children clean out a toy box or room, it may be hard to get them to depart with things they donâ€™t really need. Set a number of items for them to get rid of, and reward them for donating a certain amount. It teaches them to depart with items they donâ€™t really use, and it cuts down on clutter.
4. Give a child a spray bottle.
This tip worked great for my own kids, since every child wanted to help and not feel left out: For children that are too young to help with cleaning, give them each a clean paper towel and small spray bottle filled with water. Ask them to help you by cleaning the refrigerator door or something in the area that you are currently in.
I recommend buying a new, empty bottle that didnâ€™t previously have cleaner in it in case your children spray it in their eyes or mouth. When youâ€™re done, children can put away their â€śspecialâ€ť spray bottle of cleaner until next time.
Julie Smart is the mother of five wonderful children and a blogger at