I do get serious about cleaning sometimes - for instance, when we are going to have a party. We always joke that the reason we throw parties is to get our house into shape. This weekend we are having a get-together and I'm trying to get the house into shape. What's nice is that now that our children are older they can lend a hand (except for Henry, he is intent on messing everything we clean). My favorite phrase lately has been "we don't have a maid, clean up your mess!". One of them jokingly replied once that I was the maid...my reaction was not pretty. I have to say my kids are pretty good cleaners, and are fairly willing to do tasks & chores. But cleaning for a party is different than cleaning a bedroom - it's a three-day affair. So to liven things up (and reduce the amount of whining) I came up with a game today.
And let me tell you, they worked their tails off! The bucket was empty in no time, and my house was decluttered. It was awesome! I was so happy I rewarded all of them with a treat.
How do you get your family to pitch in around the house?