Part of getting your family “in shape” is learning to communicate better and spend more time together. While you clean, you’re together for the most part; but why not combine cleaning with a nice reward that involves together time, such as a game night or movie and pizza night, or a special family trip to an amusement park or other family fun activity.
Make cleaning into an active game. Set up homemade hoops over trash bags, recycling bins, and/or trash cans and encourage everyone to make baskets with trash…trash that can’t make a mess if someone misses! You can even keep score.
You can make this a daily or weekly event and encourage your kids to move and clean – laundry, toys, personal items into a backpack – all kinds of things can be approached with the item-through-the-hoop idea.
Another word on music. Even if you don’t get into the dance thing, playing music can really help motivate everyone and get them moving. Why not let your kids pick the music? Each child gets to take turns choosing his or her favorite music for that day’s/week’s cleaning session, regardless of age or type of music (as long as it is not music that is offensive and/or against your household rules).
Don’t forget Mom and Dad get to choose music, too. You’ll get quite a variety this way! And if you’re “playing your song” you might want to get moving a lot more.