1) Using play money, I offer the kidlets $5 per job (the pink one). I make a list of all the jobs that need to be done in a certain amount of time (usually 2-3 hours). If needed I will assign certain jobs based on their age levels. I also tell them what jobs My Man and I are working on and we clean right alongside them. We turn up the music and just go! This is different than their regular job charts or daily jobs. This is a great Saturday afternoon activity. I rarely get whining from them when we do this.
2) The more jobs they complete, the more bucks they earn. When they complete a job, I'll go check it, and if it is done well they get $5. I pay them right away so they can get a visual idea of how much they are collecting and it motivates them to go faster. They love the notion of getting paid $5 to sweep the floor.
3) When the cleaning time is done I open a Movie Concession Stand and we'll watch a family movie that night. They get to spend their movie bucks at the stand for treats during the movie.
In the end, the kidlets love being able to choose what to "buy" for their own dinner and having candy as a option is a huge plus. They work really hard and will usually earn about $20 in Movie Bucks each. That's enough to get them a corn dog, drink, and 2 candies, plus some free popcorn. Movie Bucks are only good for this one night.
Then we all sit down and watch a movie together in our sparkling clean house.
Hope you find a way to enjoy Spring Cleaning with your family this year!
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