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Clean and Organize Your Home: 2 Easy and Fun Family Cleaning Games

Updated on November 7, 2013


“Help! My house is a complete mess, and I don’t know where to start!” Have you ever felt this way? This can usually cause you to lose all motivation to clean, because you feel overwhelmed. You may feel like even a small effort would not make much of a difference in the mess.


However, you can motivate yourself and even have fun cleaning by trying one of these simple cleaning games. With these games, you can start anywhere and actually make a difference in the disaster. They take a short amount of time, making them easy, and they can be fun, which may help motivate you.


Cleaning can be fun!

Make cleaning fun and stay motivated with a cleaning game!
Make cleaning fun and stay motivated with a cleaning game! | Source



The “party” cleaning game is one in which you can involve the whole family. It is perfect for when you have a few minutes to do some non-stop cleaning. You need a little energy, but it will not take long. Since you are limiting yourself, you will not feel overwhelmed, because you are only cleaning for a few minutes.


The numbers game is perfect for those times that you absolutely feel like doing nothing – when your motivation level to clean is at a zero. Instead, you just do a bit of counting, and you will be surprised at what a difference you can make in a messy area by only doing a few cleaning or organizing chores. This cleaning game may seem effortless, but you will make progress by doing it.


Each of these cleaning games has:

  • A Full Description
  • A Pros and Cons Matrix
  • Step-by-Step Instructions
  • An Example or Illustration of the Game
  • Additional Tips for Each Game
  • Pictures Illustrating the Game


Two Fun and Easy Cleaning Games
The 15-Minute Picking Up Party Cleaning Game
A Counting Cleaning Game: 25 Items per Room
Consistently play one of these two cleaning games, and have your entire house cleaned!


The 15-Minute Picking Up Party Cleaning Game


What is the 15-Minute Picking Up Party Cleaning Game?


My mom used to have her children join in her “picking up parties.” She would excitedly say, “Time for a 15-minute picking up party! Everyone is invited!” Then, the four of us would help her for 15 minutes while the kitchen timer counted down the 15 minutes.



It was easy, and we accomplished a lot, because we would clean without stopping since we knew the timer would let us know when the 15 minutes was up. Since it was only 15 minutes, when she asked us to do that rather than nagging for us to “clean our room” or “help her clean the whole house,” it did not seem like an evasion of our time or too much to ask of us.


The Pros and Cons of This Game

Pros
Cons
Fun, easy, and motivating to play
May not get the whole house cleaned in one “party”
Does not take much effort
Need to explain the fun to convince others to “attend”
Make a big difference in a few minutes
Takes trial and error to find best number of minutes
Can get family involved
May take a few “parties” until you get the hang of it

Involve the Family!


Ask your spouse and children to join the cleaning “party,” and offer a “prize” of a special dessert or movie rental. Explain how easy it will be to clean for only 15 minutes!


Just Set the Timer!

Just set the kitchen timer for 15 minutes to play this cleaning game!
Just set the kitchen timer for 15 minutes to play this cleaning game! | Source

Easy Step by Step Instructions:


1. Pick an area of your home that needs some de-cluttering or easy cleaning.


2. Set the kitchen timer or your watch for 15 minutes or however long you can “speed clean.” Figure out what time works best for you, or adjust the time for how much time you have available on a certain day.


3. Until the timer goes off, “speed clean” that area without stopping. (Move on to another area if you have time left in the timer).


4. When the timer goes off, stop and rest. If you have a couple items left to do, finish up. If you still feel motivated, set the timer again for another 5 minutes. Believe it or not, you can make a small difference in 5 minutes. Each 5 minute party adds up to an eventual clean house!


5. If you have the stamina and motivation later, repeat these steps. Do not wear yourself out cleaning, but do as much as you can in a time frame. If you feel up to cleaning and organizing more, just set the timer. The key here is to not overdo it, and burn yourself out from cleaning and organizing. By setting a time limit, you will not get “lost” cleaning for hours.


An Example of How the Game Works


Below is an example of how this game works with before and after pictures of a 15 minute cleaning party.


Before the 15-Min Cleaning Party

 As you can see in this picture, this is a before picture of an area that was out of control. Then, the timer was set for 15 minutes, and non-stop cleaning was done for 15 minutes.
As you can see in this picture, this is a before picture of an area that was out of control. Then, the timer was set for 15 minutes, and non-stop cleaning was done for 15 minutes. | Source

After the 15-Min Cleaning Party

Look at the after picture. It only took 15 minutes, a small amount of time when you are unmotivated to clean, to transform this mess into a neat area that is now easy to organize. Plus, if you have company over, this area looks much better.
Look at the after picture. It only took 15 minutes, a small amount of time when you are unmotivated to clean, to transform this mess into a neat area that is now easy to organize. Plus, if you have company over, this area looks much better. | Source

A Counting Cleaning Game: 25 Items per Room


How Does This Cleaning Game Work?


When I find myself feeling overwhelmed because the whole house is messy, I enjoy using this method. It makes the concept of making a “dint” in the mess seem possible. It is actually fun to clean and organize this way. It is basically a counting game.


For each room, I “pick up and put away” or clean in a minor way (wipe down a table) 25 things. Also, if you do not have many things to pick up and put away or clean, you can use the counting game for “spring cleaning” an area or for organizing a drawer or cabinet. You will probably find that not every room has 25 easy things to do.


As an example, if you find there are only 10 items that are easy to clean or tidy in the spare bathroom, take the extra 15 items for that room, and put them in “reserve.” Now, when you are in the kitchen, an overwhelming mess, put 15 more dishes in the dishwasher or something. Basically, carry the numbers over onto another room that needs the attention.


Do not rack your brain with math. Make it fun for you and your family, if they join in. Just do not overdo one room, burning yourself out. Once you reach your easy things to clean or organize for that room, if you still have more numbers to get to your 25, use the rest of those numbers in another room.


The Pros and Cons of This Game

Pros
Cons
Make a difference when you do not feel well
Usually takes several games to get all cleaning done
Easy and not exhausting to clean or organize
May take a while to understand the math
Motivating and helps you clean up a lot
May make you “clean” only what you want
Fun because you are distracted doing math
May only clean or organize small things
This is my favorite game, because I am always able to do it no matter how unmotivated I feel.

Easy Step by Step Instructions:


1. Pick a room, and begin tidying up or cleaning 25 items per room.


2. If you do not find 25 things in a room to clean, carry over the leftover number to another room.


3. Continue until you have cleaned a count of 25 items per room for the entire home.


4. Stop and rest even if everything did not get completely cleaned unless you are overly motivated.


5. If you get too tired cleaning 25 items per room, stop after 1 or 2 rooms, and then go back to the cleaning game the next time you are up and around or feel motivated to do so.


Example of the Math For the Cleaning Game

Room That Was Cleaned Up
Items/Chores Done
Spare Bedroom
20
Spare Bathroom
5
Dining Room
25
Master Bedroom
45
Master Bathroom
25
Living Room
25
Kitchen
30
Total
175
As you can see, 5 additional items were done in the kitchen in lieu of 5 things that were not done in the spare bedroom. Since only 5 things were done in the spare bathroom, 45 things were done in the master bedroom.

Before the 25 Items Counting Cleaning Game

Here is a before picture of an area that needed to be de-cluttered. I was overly tired so I counted my "25 items of cleaning" to be putting away 25 clothing items away out of the laundry basket (which was all the clothes).
Here is a before picture of an area that needed to be de-cluttered. I was overly tired so I counted my "25 items of cleaning" to be putting away 25 clothing items away out of the laundry basket (which was all the clothes). | Source

After the 25 Items Counting Cleaning Game

Since I did not feel up to doing much, I put away 25 clothing items. This made a dint in the mess, and I completed a chore. The area looks better, and our laundry was put away. The game helped me de-clutter and make a difference with little effort.
Since I did not feel up to doing much, I put away 25 clothing items. This made a dint in the mess, and I completed a chore. The area looks better, and our laundry was put away. The game helped me de-clutter and make a difference with little effort. | Source

Can you try one of these cleaning games?

Are you willing to try one of these cleaning games in order to begin to clean up your home?

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Conclusion


You now have the tools to use one of these cleaning games to start away on the cleaning of your messy home. Depending on how often you use a game, it may require you to use it more than once in order to get the whole house clean.


Are you feeling too sick to clean? Just play the numbers game. Only once, and then rest. Do you have an extra 15 minutes or so before an appointment? Do the “party” game, and watch how much you get done.


I enjoy always having a clean home, but there are times in all of our lives when things just get out of control. You may be out of town and come back with a ton of laundry [see article below for more on this topic], you may get very sick for weeks, or you might go through a depression [see article below for more on this topic] and not feel up to cleaning for a while. Whatever the reason may be, it is common for things to get out of control.


Just try one of these cleaning games with your family, and follow these tips in order to have your home completely cleaned and organized.


Tips to Have the Whole House Cleaned and Organized:

  • Find out which game works best for you when you do not feel very motivated.
  • Involve the family in the game once you understand it and can organize it.
  • Do the game consistently each day, and you will see results over time.


More Cleaning and Organizing Assistance for When You Are Not Motivated:


Check out Fly Lady’s video from You Tube and her website that contains everything you could ever need to know about getting motivated to clean and organize. Do you feel like you don’t know where to start? Turn to Fly Lady. She will get you going – slowly, but surely.


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    Michele Kelsey 2 years ago from Edmond, Oklahoma

    These are good methods to spring cleaninng in the kitchen. :)

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    lucille12 2 years ago

    Clean off the shelves, line them if needed. Discard food that has expired. Take a good look at what you have.

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    Michele Kelsey 2 years ago from Edmond, Oklahoma

    I think when I keep putting stuff in the back of the house, I forget about it. I am trying to do some spring cleaning but it is going slow. My house is weirdly formed lol. The master bedroom, master bathroom, and master closet are the first thing you see when you walk in, so I am currently trying to get those weeded out and organized before I move on to the next rooms. I am also working on decorating along with organizing and cleaning. I know we need to paint the bathroom and master closet. In the back of the house, we have 2 small bedrooms we currently use as the cats' rooms. lol. They are a bit spoiled, but their rooms also contain not exactly junk, but I do have bins in there that are "planned" to go in the next garage sale. Not sure if I will ever get around to it though. AHH!! Procrastination!! lol.

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    MopHolder 2 years ago

    If space is not an issue in the main part of your house, you might want to consider shifting your useful possessions back into your house.

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    Michele Kelsey 3 years ago from Edmond, Oklahoma

    I'm glad you enjoyed it. When I am really unmotivated I find these games to be so helpful and they make such a difference in the house without me even noticing I was trying to! It's kinda like cheating or cutting corners but really you aren't at all! My mom taught them to us 4 kids as youngsters and I love the games. Thanks for sharing this hub. I hope it helps someone else. :) Michele

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    Sharilee Swaity 3 years ago from Canada

    Wow, love it! These are great ideas for getting the whole family into the cleaning mood. I sometimes have done the counting idea, with myself, just to keep myself interested. Also, I would try to find things of the same colour to pick up, to motivate myself.

    I have shared this hub. It was so enjoyable. Thanks for writing!

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    Michele Kelsey 3 years ago from Edmond, Oklahoma

    Yes :)! It helps keep me motivated and moving when I really feel like doing nothing.

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    JPSO138 3 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International

    Well, this will certainly make cleaning a fun thing to do...