“We designate boxes for hard toys, big soft toys and small soft toys. Then we stand as far away as possible and try to throw the toys into the correct boxes.”
— Amanda Titus, Calgary, AB.
“Music! Dusting is way more fun when you can wiggle.”
— Michelle Patry, Kingston, ON.
“To clean our toy room, we use play walkie-talkies and pretend we’re cleaning elves. While we tidy, we talk to each other like secret spies.”
— Ashley Peden Van Bakel, Bradford, ON.
“No kids allowed! Spring cleaning is just for me. It’s an opportunity to have some time to myself and get a whole lot of junk purged from our house.”
— Ashley Sparkman, Kingston, ON.
“My kids like to pretend that they’re pioneers, so it’s easy to assign them chores that encourage their imagination.”
— Jennifer Rosenitsch Tobin, Whitby, ON.
“I sing a cleanup song, or I tell my two-year-old we’re having a tidy-up race and need to pick up all the toys.”
— Kimberly Hodgson, Laval, Que.
“My son loves the dusting mitt and helping me spray window cleaner. Cleaning time for us means new ‘toys’ for him.”
— Kelsey Tourigny, Meadow Lake, Sask.
“We pretend to be Cinderella, and the evil stepmother and sisters will be mad if we don’t get the work done.”
— Marcie Moody-Lebert, Binbrook, ON.
“I make it fun for my kids by sending them to Grandma’s.”
— Vanessa Antoniuk, Edmonton, AB.
“When cleaning up a bunch of toys, I secretly pick a ‘magic item.’ The kids then rush around trying to tidy as many things as possible in the hope of putting away the one I chose. At the end, whoever tidied up the magic item wins a prize.”
— Nicole Truman Hall, Oakville, ON.
“We have contests to see who can clean the fastest, or we count out loud to see how long it takes us to tidy a certain area.”
— Carla Vegnaduzzo-Dawson, Hamilton, ON.
A version of this article appeared in our May 2013 issue of Today’s Parent with the headline “Clean sweep,” p. 22.