(for the Kids – but it works for adults too!)
Sometimes you can get quite a bit done and have it done properly if you work from a list. The list idea can be presented to your children whether boys or girls (it does actually work for boys). The list can help you to get more done as you bring in the support of others. It also helps you to have it done properly as the checklist is a step-by-step approach that ensures things are done in the proper way.
What am I referring to? What is the magical list that helps you to get more done and done properly? Why of course it is the bathroom cleaning checklist.
This is a printable (see below), focused list that is a detailed “how to” clean the bathroom – the bathrooms of your house. It is wonderful for children as it can teach them about a process and how getting things done sometimes means doing things in order. It helps them to learn how to follow instructions.
You will not forget something if it is on the cleaning list.
When children are ready to help cleaning the bathrooms they have already encountered some level of school and they have been in settings where they have had to listen and then follow instructions. This ability to pay attention, focus and then follow instructions is an important lesson to learn.
To get help from your young humans with tasks which contribute to a cleaner more organized home is valuable. Show them how to learn and follow a process and help them to develop into fine adults and get a clean bathroom too!
Now there is a psychological aspect to this as well. If you are going to use this with your children here are three things to consider:
1. Start off Easy
To start off easy. You may have your children clean every other week and then move to once a week. When moving to once per week you can also explain how the cleaning is easier if done more frequently.
2. Set Expectations
The bathroom cleaner will know the time involved by using a well-defined bathroom-cleaning process. Let them know that if they follow the list then it only takes 20 minutes to clean the bathroom. Any person will be more comfortable knowing how long it will take to reach the end.
You want your children to feel good about doing things just for the sake of doing them and doing them well. Therefore, be careful with rewards. Also note that a nice reward for one may not be as nice for someone else.
A nice way to get around the variation in what is the “best” reward is to have a box of rewards and the child – upon completion – can select a reward. The box could contain both short-term immediate gratification rewards as well as long term (saving up for the future) rewards.
I think it is important to have both short and long-term rewards as one child may lean towards immediate gratification and another child may not. Moreover, it is important, I feel, to instill in our children more than not that everything needs to be immediate – to delay gratification is a good lesson to learn about in life.
OK – Here’s the Bathroom Cleaning Checklist
You can extend the support of bathroom cleaning to all the bathrooms in your home.
Here is a link to download the Bathroom Cleaning Checklist.
This list is short. Well, I suppose that 25 items is not short but it is to the point. It defines the order. It outlines what to use and when. It will get your little ones to understand that a process and a checklist can help them to achieve things more quickly and more efficiently. This is an important life lesson with the bonus of a clean and tidy bathroom.
One last note, you also want to make sure that your cleaning products are kid-friendly and that you provide them with rubber gloves. A little bit of supervision, particularly during the first few times they use the bathroom cleaning checklist is good practice. Supervision, of youngsters, (and to respect their supervisor) is good for them.
Now, if you need a bit more help than you can plan on from your little ones or if your little ones no longer live with you then you can count on A Clean Vision. We know the cleaning checklist well and will ensure a spotless and tidy bathroom and no supervision is necessary.
Give us a call at 802-295-6085. We have a passion for cleaning homes all over the Upper Valley. We enjoy providing home cleaning service to Hanover and Lebanon as our cleaning staff is in the Hanover-Lebanon area often.