Here is the rule: When you have a healthy home, you have a happy home. It doesn’t matter how quiet and serene or loud and hectic your home may be, the same rule applies.

This post is for parents who manage a busy household of children and pets – where it’s not easy to keep your place clean.  In fact, it can feel like an impossible feat with beds that need to be made, floors that need to be mopped, and dishes that need to be done!  Don’t do all this work on your own!  It’s time to instill some responsibility in those kids.

Here’s how to do it in a few easy and simple steps—no ‘period of adjustment’ required.

Get Your Toddlers Involved (It’s Never Too Early!)

When you have toddlers to clean up after, bedrooms can get messy and shared living spaces can look like a disaster.  Do you have a toddler who impersonates the Tasmanian devil? Great! Use it to your advantage! Teach them to be responsible for one small chore, such as tidying up their bed or putting away their toys after playing with them. Just implementing a ‘one small chore’ rule on a daily basis, and you’ll notice the time it saves you.

Implement a Reward System

Yes, just like our pets, we can be trained. Rewards at any age help us stay on track!

Here is one idea for kids: you’ll want to head to your local school supply store and buy some markers, stickers and a large sheet of cardboard or whiteboard. Make a list of the chores each week that you need done and assign each family member’s name to a few of those chores. Just make sure to keep the chores age appropriate. After all, you want each child to feel good about themselves, not frustrated because the task at hand is too difficult to complete.

Then, together as a family, come up with a reward for a week’s worth of chores accomplished. Maybe it means you go to your favorite burger place. Maybe family night is spent playing mini golf if all the chores are done. Perhaps individual rewards would work better for your family. Just make sure not to go overboard and spoil. You don’t want to max out rewards before the work increases as they get older.

You’ll see that rewards have a much better outcome over time than punishments. Implementing rewards will motivate your family to do a great job taking care of their personal belongings, and you’ll have a family that cleans together, sticks together, and makes happy memories, together!

Turn it Over to the Professionals

Of course, there are some deep cleanings that the kids just can’t do: re-sealing tile, deep cleaning carpets, and other professional jobs.

We’re here to help you live in a happy, healthy home with affordable, trustworthy home cleaning. Chem-Dry of Lafayette can can clean your carpets, rugs, tile, upholstery and more.