If you think that your home is clean, you may want to check again. In a recent study of over 1,000 U.S. households, it was found that the average home has more than 2,000 different species of fungus and 7,000 species of bacteria. While some of these microbes may cause no harm to your health, common household germs such as staph, mold, Salmonella, E. coli, and fecal matter can make you and your family sick. As these germs can affect your health, it is important to get everyone in your family to pitch in when it’s time to clean up your home.
Reasons why your family won’t help you clean up
Many people feel that their partners and children don’t do enough to help out in the house, especially during cleaning up time. However, there are valid reasons why your family doesn’t want to pitch in. It could be that they don’t know how to clean, or they don’t know what methods you use for every chore. They may also not be aware of the health repercussions and inconveniences that your family will experience if they don’t do certain tasks. But perhaps, the most common reason why your family won’t help you clean is that nobody has the time to clean up. If you want your family to pitch in once and for all, here are some tips to get everyone in your family to clean up.
Everyone can do something around the house - in fact, even the youngest member of your family can contribute if you assign age-appropriate tasks. For instance, you can teach your teenager your best vacuum technique while your toddler can pick up toys and books and put them back in their proper places. Your partner can clean up and disinfect the refrigerator while you work on the bathrooms. The idea is to get everyone to do one task by himself so the cleanup process gets done as soon as possible.
Have a home cleaning schedule
While sweeping, dusting, and taking out the trash can be part of everyday tasks, you’ll also want to designate certain days to tackle heavier tasks. The key is to create a realistic cleaning schedule that works for you and your family. Teach your children that they should make their beds, put dirty clothes in the hamper, and return toys where they belong every day. Other tasks such as cleaning out the garage or organizing closets can be done once every few months or as needed.
Teach them how to clean
It’s important to teach your partner and older children how to do certain tasks, especially if they involve numerous steps to achieve the kind of clean that you want for your home. For instance, cleaning the bathroom requires using different implements and cleansers for disinfecting the area, so do a side-by-side cleaning tutorial the first time around. Next time, they can do the chore by themselves. Remember to not be too critical when you’re training your loved ones to clean in order to encourage them to help out more around the house.
Offer family rewards
While some kids are motivated by treats or monetary rewards in exchange for helping out in the house, you can do even better by extending the reward to include your partner and yourself. For example, you can offer a night at the movies for everyone once you’ve all accomplished the weekend cleanup. You can also motivate your loved ones by promising to order a pizza or a favorite takeout dish for dinner once everyone has completed their chores. It’s a good incentive for everyone to work as a team as they can only get the reward if everyone finishes their tasks.
Getting your loved ones to pitch in during clean up time may be difficult at times, but with a little patience, organization, and some creativity, you can surely get them to help you clean up. Not only will your home be spotless, but a clean home will also help to keep everyone healthy.