We were playing “The Cleaning Game” at my house.
This involves me setting the timer on my iPhone for 10 minutes. For 10 minutes, there is only playing – no cleaning whatsoever. It is important to start with a playing segment. When the alarm rings I start the timer again. For 10 minutes there is fast cleaning. We get as much accomplished as we can in 10 minutes.
Sometimes we do it in 20 minute increments, if the house is really trashed we’ll do 20 minutes clean, 10 minutes play. We do this over and over until either the house is clean or we get distracted.
Generally it is the latter.
Either way, we were playing The Cleaning Game today and I was doing dishes for my 10 minutes when Ian came into the kitchen crying.
“Claudia gets to do all of the fun cleaning.”
“No cleaning is fun.” I said, “I mean, what kind of cleaning is fun cleaning?”
“She gets to clean the bathroom!”
“And you think cleaning the bathroom is fun cleaning?”
“I’ll tell you what,” I said “If you do a really, really good job on the living room and getting all of your toys out of the hallway I will let you clean my bathroom.”
And he said “Yes!” and did that thing with where you make a fist and pull your elbow to your hip – like he just scored a touchdown.
It doesn’t seem to happen that often lately, but for today everybody wins.