Getting Your Kids to Help with Housecleaning

Rare is the child who wakes up on a Saturday morning excited to help clean a house. If your kids are reluctant to help with housecleaning, try these approaches.

Start by giving your kids a day and time to finish chores. For example, you might tell your kids that everyone in the family will help clean the house on Saturday mornings and will finish all cleaning by noon. You could also tell your children that they are not allowed to go outside or play indoor games until they finish their chores.

Add in Rewards and Fun
Consider giving your kids an allowance if they do their chores. You could also give your children an allowance only if they do their chores well and with a pleasant attitude.

Have your children clean two or three rooms at your house or take on all household chores for just one day. This provides a lot of real time contrast. After cleaning two to three or more rooms at your house, taking out the garbage and sweeping the kitchen floor may appear real easy.

Turn on music to add energy to the morning. Face it, chores are boring, not only to kids but also to adults. The sound of music playing in the background can add a bit of fun to an otherwise boring task.

Call out or verbally recognize your kids’ good housecleaning efforts. Let your children know that you appreciate their pitching in. Tell them how completing their chores helps to keep the entire house sanitary and looking good. Avoid criticizing your children or using chores as a way to punish your kids for poor school performance or other missteps that they may make.

Housecleaning Independence Works
Give your kids opportunities to determine how they will tackle chores. For example, if your son washes breakfast dishes on Saturday morning, let him decide whether he’s going to wash skillets and pans first or if he’s going to wash bowls and plates first. Leave it to your son to decide how he’s going to stack dishes in the drainer.

As tempting as it might be to tell your kids how to complete each step of a chore, doing so can make housecleaning seem like punishment. It also sends the message that you don’t trust your children and that you think your ideas and way of tackling a chore is better.

By alternating chores among your kids, you can keep chores from becoming boring. Alternating chores could also help your kids discover certain types of housecleaning projects that they might like better than others.

Recruit your kids to help with housecleaning early. It could prevent a bad habit, such as thinking that it’s someone else’s responsibility to clean up their messes, from setting in. Performing chores also teaches your children how to be organized, time management, and how to work well with others. Perhaps most importantly, helping with housecleaning helps your children learn about accountability.

The Time is Now to Buy a High-End Home

The news has been bombarded with negative stories about the real estate market over the past few years, but the tides are turning and inventory is now lower than ever. There are still many opportunities for buyers as prices still remain low. For savvy homebuyers looking to buy in the high-end or luxury marketplace there is tremendous opportunity.

If you’ve always dreamed about buying a luxury property but considered it just out of reach, today’s market may has put downward pressure on the prices of higher-end homes making them more affordable than ever. To buy your dream home you will want to have a strategy.

1. Choose your agent wisely.

Your agent is your advocate. You will need an agent who is experienced and successful in the luxury home market. Agents who deal in luxury property have the right knowledge to help you locate and negotiate an offer on a high-end home.

2. Take the time necessary.

The high-end home search may take more time and patience. The supply of luxury homes may be smaller, you may even need to expand your search or rely or your agent to find homes that may not be currently up for sale. The home will be bigger, have more features and thus there will be more to consider in the purchase decision.

3. Prepare the perfect offer.

Cash is king in today’s market. According to the May 2011 REALTORS® Confidence Index from the National Association of REALTORS®, 30 percent of all purchases between mid-April and mid-May of last year were financed with cash. The number was even higher for luxury properties.

Even though many luxury sellers may also be in a distressed property situation they are typically more particular about who was buying their property as well as the final selling price. Use your agent to carefully craft the perfect offer.