Hi. I’m Rosemary and I’m in charge of cleaning services for a large university. It really is a challenge. From graffiti on walls to chemical spills in science labs, I ensure that anything unsightly is cleaned up quickly and safely. In the course of my job, I’ve learnt that choosing the correct cleaning service for a task is the key to efficiency. I employ a general services company to do everyday cleaning, however, we regularly hire specialist carpet cleaners and definitely use qualified services for problems like chemical spills. Lots of my family members and friends call me when they have particular cleaning problems in their businesses. I figure that the knowledge I’ve collected over the years could be helpful, so I’ve started this blog. Do let me know if it’s useful and may your surfaces always be bright!
In cultures around the world, small children chop firewood, sweep huts and help their families, but in much of the western world, children seem to hate chores. Want to get your kid involved in the chores without arguing, bribing or forcing them? Here are five tips on cultivating kiddos who want to help:
1. Make clean the norm
Many kids defer to the default. If your home is constantly dirty, if you have piles of clothes around your room or if you leave dirty dishes sitting out, your kids will likely follow suit. Since your house is also inconsistently clean, it can be hard for your kid to know if today is a "leave things lying around and dirty" day or a "let's clean the house" day.
2. Get the whole family involved with a set cleaning time
Remove inconsistency and loneliness from the docket by cleaning as a family during set times. If your kid knows that the entire family cleans up the house before leaving for school, after dinner or on the weekends, he or she will expect it. It will be less of a shock and easier for your kid to comply. Plus, if everyone joins in, it makes cleaning feel more like together time than drudgery.
3. Welcome little helpers
If you have little ones in the house, do not crush their early cleaning spirit. Yes, it can be annoying or even make a bigger mess when little ones help, but allowing them to help now will benefit you in the long run. As they get older, they will see cleaning as a natural part of life, something they have always done.
4. Allow kids to pick their chores
Like adults, kids all have different passions. One kid may love the feather duster, while another feigns allergies to dusting but loves to replace the vacuum belt or set the table. Allow your kids to pick their chores, and be open to the possibility that they may choose chores you didn't even know needed to be done like polishing all the shoes in the house or rearranging the cutlery.
5. Offer to pay them or professionals
As kids get older, you can pay them to clean. If they do not like that arrangement, tell them you are using the money to hire professional domestic cleaners. They may appreciate the choice, and rather than being a bribe, this is simply real life consequence to their decision on whether or not they want to be your cleaner.